TEARS OF THE SUN
TOM SKERRITT (Captain
Bill Rhodes) has portrayed a diverse gallery of characters in such memorable
films as Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, Herbert Ross' Steel Magnolias,
The Turning Point (National Board of Review Award as Best Supporting Actor),
Ridley Scott's Alien, Tony Scott's Top Gun, Robert Redford's
A River Runs Through It and Robert Zemeckis' Contact. Skerritt
is also well known for his Emmy Award-winning role of Sheriff Jimmy Bock on the
CBS series "Picket Fences," for which he received nominations from the
Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.
Born in Detroit,
Skerritt studied at Wayne State University and UCLA. Though he was originally
interested in directing, a performance in a UCLA theater production led to his
first film role in the 1961 drama War Hunt, where he first met another
aspiring actor, Robert Redford. Some of his other feature credits include Blake
Edwards' The Wild Rovers, Altman's Thieves Like Us, Silence
of the North (collecting a Genie nomination as Best Actor), David Cronenberg's
The Dead Zone and Garry Marshall's The Other Sister.
On the small screen,
Skerritt most recently portrayed General William Westmoreland in the late John
Frankenheimer's historical epic Path to War. He also recently recreated
the role of Sheriff Will Kane (made popular by OscarĀ® winner Gary Cooper), in a
new version of the classic western High Noon. He played Joseph Kennedy in
the CBS miniseries "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life," and also
recently starred in Lifetime's "An American Daughter," and
another CBS miniseries "Aftershock."
credits include "The China Lake Murders," "The Heist,"
"Red King," "White Knight," the NBC miniseries "Hunt
for the Unicorn Killer," "Two for Texas" with Kris Kristofferson,
"Miles to Go" opposite Jill Clayburgh, "Poker Alice" with
Elizabeth Taylor, "Child of the Night" alongside JoBeth Williams, and
"Getting Up and Going Home" with Blythe Danner, Julianne Phillips and
Skerritt has also
logged more than sixty television guest-starring roles over the years, including
a six-episode stint as Kirstie Alley's boss during the 1988 season of
He has also appeared on
several other memorable TV series including "Gunsmoke,"
"Bonanza," The Fugitive," "Combat!," "Mannix,"
"The Virginian" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour."
He realized his
aspiration to direct with the ABC-TV Afternoon Special "A Question of
Sex," and followed it with the 1997 USA Network telefilm "Divided by
Hate," in which he also starred as the leader of a religious cult. He also
helmed several episodes of "Picket Fences" and "Chicago
Hope" during their runs. He is currently preparing a feature film, which he
has written and will direct.
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