Tom Berenger has played a U.S. Marine in a few movies. Was he ever one in real life? And what is his latest project?
—Bill Crouse, Frankfort, Ky.
The closest Berenger, 60, ever came to military service was on screen. The Chicago native earned a degree in speech and drama at the University of Missouri. He began acting in theater before moving in the early 1970s to New York, where he got his TV break on the soap opera One Life to Live. He received an Oscar nomination for his role as a battle-scarred sergeant in Platoon (1986). Watch for him in the upcoming movies Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball, Firedog, Sinners & Saints and Inception.