Actor Tom Berenger

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 6, 2001

My favorite actor is Tom Berenger, but I never hear anything about him. Can you give any details about his life?
—Bonnie B., Florida

Perhaps best known for playing a policeman in Someone To Watch Over Me, Berenger, 51, has worked steadily since that role in 1987. He has three roles lined up this year: Training Day with Denzel Washington; a Western miniseries called Johnson County War; and Dark Eagle for A&E, in which he plays Benedict Arnold. He appears to be partial to historic movies, as evidenced by his roles in Rough Riders and Gettysburg. Born in Chicago, he lives in South Carolina with his wife, Patricia. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but was bitten by the acting bug after he landed a role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He moved to New York in the mid-70s and studied acting while performing in regional and touring theater productions. The father of six co-starred in The Big Chill in 1983 and was nominated for an Oscar for his 1986 performance in Platoon. He's appeared in Born on the Fourth of July, Major League, and Major League II, as well as the television shows Cheers and Law and Order.