- Discovered while performing in a UCLA production of The Rainmaker.
- Made his feature film debut in the 1962 film, War Hunt, alongside fellow newcomer Robert Redford. Skerritt later appeared in the Robert Redford-directed film A River Runs Through It (1992).
- Made a cameo appearance in Harold and Maude (1971) as a police officer, although he is credited as "M. Borman."
- Appeared in a successful ad campaign for Guess Jeans in the wake of his popularity in Top Gun (1986).
- Is one of the featured voices in the Xbox/Xbox 360 game GUN.
- Helped start The Film School in Seattle, where he regularly teaches courses.
- Although not known for his work on the stage, played the title role in Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Don Quixote in 2012.
- 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1982, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actor: Nominee
- 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
- Erin — Daughter
- Julie Tokashiki — Wife
- Matt Skerritt — Son
- Richard Skerritt — Brother
- Charlotte Shanks — Ex-wife
- Sue Aran — Ex-wife
- Colin Skerritt — Son
- Andy Skerritt — Son
- Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States; attended University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States
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