Tom Skerritt | Biography

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  • Full Name Thomas Roy Skerritt
  • Nickname Tom Skerritt
  • Birth Date Aug 23, 1933
  • Age 90 Years, 9 Months
  • Ethnicity White
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Detroit, MI, USA
  • Zodiac Sign Virgo
  • Occupation Actor, Former United States Air Force
  • First On-screen Debut 'War Hunt' (1962)
  • Mother Helen Skerritt
  • Father Roy Skerritt
  • High School Mackenzie High School
  • University Wayne State University, University of California
  • Education Graduated
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Height 5 feet 11 inches
  • Net Worth $8 Million
  • Spouses Julie Tokashiki (m. 1998), Sue Oran (m. 1977–1992), Charlotte Shanks (m. 1957–1972)
  • Past Relationship Status Divorced
  • Children Colin Skerritt, Erin Skerritt, Andy Skerritt, Matt Skerritt
American Veteran Actor

Tom Skerritt | Biography

Duke Forrest in 'MASH' (1970)

Tom Skerritt is a veteran actor who has appeared in over 40 movies and 200 television episodes since 1962.

Who is Tom Skerritt?

Tom Skerritt, full name Thomas Roy Skerritt, is an American actor born on 25 August 1933 in Detroit, MI. 

He is the youngest child among three brothers and sisters. Skerritt went to Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles, after graduating from Mackenzie High School in Detroit in 1951. 

The actor later entered the United States Air Force as a classifications specialist shortly after graduating from high school and followed for four years. He spent most of his service at Bergstrom Field in Austin, Texas.

Before making his film debut in War Hunt in 1962, he was initially spotted in a UCLA production of The Rainmaker in the same year. Subsequently, he spent most of the next decade on television, appearing in shows such as Combat! (1962), The Virginian (1962), Gunsmoke (1955), and 12 O'Clock High (1964). 

Skerritt's next major break came in 1970 in Robert Altman's caustic comedy MASH. He also appeared in several other films before landing the coveted part of Capt. Dallas of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle Nostromo in the frightening sci-fi epic Alien.

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Some of his other prominent movies include The Dead ZoneTop GunA River Runs Through ItPoltergeist IIIUp in Smoke, and the TV show Picket Fences

Skerritt has been working steadily for the past ten years giving performances in television shows, made-for-TV movies, and large theatrical productions. In the TV adaptation of High Noon (2000), he played Will Kane, and he co-starred with Bruce Willis in the mercenary war thriller Tears of the Sun (2003).

Besides that, Skerritt has received numerous nominations and accolades, including the 'Primetime Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series' for Picket Fences, which he won in 1993.

Tom Skerritt in 2021 (Photo: Instagram)

About His Family, Wife, and Children

Skerritt has been married three times. He tied the knot with Charlotte R Shanks for the first time in 1957. However, the couple divorced in December 1972 after nearly one and half decades. They have three children: Andy, Erin, and Matt.

In 1976, he married his second spouse Susan Ellen Aran, but the pair divorced on 31 July 1990. They are the parents of a single son named Colin. 

Then in 1988, Skeritt married his third and current wife, Julie Tokashiki, with whom he shares a daughter named Emi.

Moreover, he has shared his time between his Lake Washington property in suburban Seattle, Washington, and a second residence on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands, where he has lived since 1988.

What is Tom Skeritt's Net Worth as of 2022?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Skeritt has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2022. He has amassed a huge net worth mostly from his acting career, spanning over six decades.

How Tall is He?

He is 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Is Tom Skerritt Still Alive?

Skerritt is still alive and is healthy. He is 88 years old as of 2022. The actor also remains active in his social media account, where he shares his personal and professional endeavors.

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