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Tom Berenger Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Michael Moore
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Originally intended to study journalism in college, but switched majors after auditioning for a student production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on a bet and scoring the lead role
  • First major movie role was in 1977's Looking for Mr
  • Goodbar, where he portrayed a psychopathic murderer named Gary Cooper White
  • Dislikes the Hollywood scene and decided to move to Beaufort, SC, after shooting 1983's The Big Chill there
  • Played Don, a plumber who wins Kirstie Alley's heart in the final episodes of Cheers
  • In March 2011, was honored with a Career Achievement Award at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa


  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1986Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Allison Berenger -- Daughter
  • Chelsea Berenger -- Daughter
  • Chloe Berenger -- Daughter
  • Scout Riley Berenger -- Daughter
  • Shiloh Berenger -- Daughter
  • Barbara Wilson -- Ex-wife
  • Lisa Williams -- Ex-wife
  • Patrick Berenger -- Son
  • Patricia Alvaran -- Wife