Golden Globe-winning actor Tom Berenger was born on May 31, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised by an Irish Catholic family and is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism. After completing his studies, he took a totally different career path and decided to pursue a career in acting by starting as a thespian in regional theatre.
When Tom Berenger moved to New York City, he landed a major role on the soap opera, One Life to Live . His first film appearance was on the indie flick Rush It, and he has continued to obtain numerous roles on other movies throughout his career. Some of these include Looking for Mr.Goodbar, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Big Chill, Sniper and Gettysburg, which Berenger cites as his favorite. In 1986, he gave a memorable performance in the film Platoon, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Another television role he is noted for is in the small screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Some of Berenger’s other TV appearances include those in Cheers, Las & Order, Ally McBeal, several episodes of Third Watch, and a recurring role in Peacemakers. He has also voiced a character in the 2005 film Firedog, before he worked on the hit ABC drama series October Road. He was cast in the role of The Commander, the father of the lead character played by Bryan Greenberg. Berenger’s other works include performances in Shattered, Sliver, Chasers and the TV miniseries Into the West. Many of his credits involve TV movies or productions, such as Capital City, The Junction Boys, Johnson County War, Cutaway, and In the Company of Spies. In 2008, he was given roles in Stiletto, Order of Redemption and the action film Recoil, co-starring Luke Perry.