Thomas Roy “Tom” Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is best known for his roles in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences.
Skerritt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Roy Skerritt, a businessman. A 1951 graduate of Detroit’s Mackenzie High School, Skerritt attended Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Skerritt also served in the United States Air Force.
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