Born in Detroit, TOM SKERRITT studied at Wayne State University and UCLA. Originally
focused on directing, an acting performance in a theater production lead to his
being cast in his first film, War Hunt (1962), where he met other young
hopefuls, Robert Redford and the late Sydney Pollock. From his early role in
Robert Altman's classic comedy, M*A*S*H, to a roster which counts several
classics among the movies he has made, including: Harold and Maude, The Turning
Point, Alien, A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, and Contact.
Tom's work in an array of television and film productions continues to be a
study in strength and subtlety. In The Turning Point, (Best Supporting Actor,
National Board of Review), he played the understanding husband of Shirley MacLaine in Alien, the heroic captain of the infiltrated ship. He was Tom
Cruise's commander in Top Gun, Sally Field's husband and Julia Roberts's father,
Shirley MacLaine's nemesis in Steel Magnolias, and the fly-fishing minister
father of Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. Co-starring with Jodie Foster in
Contact, Skerritt played a less noble character as her ruthlessly ambitious
Best Actor Emmy winner for his CBS series "Picket Fences" and one of the most
versatile and acclaimed American actors of both movies and TV.
Skerritt is rapidly becoming one of film's noted educators. He is one of the top
Hollywood creative multi-talents who founded The Film School in Seattle. A Mecca
for learning and engaging the art of story-telling, The Film School has become
synonymous with the forward-looking and brilliantly effective training for the
film arts. Chicago may have locked the title of Second City for training comedy
talents, but, Seattle is becoming the Second City for instilling the skills of
Storytelling in film. Heyou Entertainment is the company he is forming to
produce his, as well as screenplays emerging from The Film School and other
resources for production in the Northwest.
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