• Tom Berenger is an Oscar-nominated American actor, producer and screenwriter.
• He is best known for appearing in films such as "Major League" and "Sniper", as well as in movies "Platoon" (1986), "Gettysburg " (1993), "The Substitute" (1996) and "Inception" (2010).
• He was honored with the Primetime Emmy Award in 2012 for starring in the Golden Globe-winning TV historic drama mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys".
• Tom has married four times and has six children.
• His total wealth is estimated to be around $8 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthMay 31, 1949
SpouseLaura Moretti (m. 2012), Patricia Alvaran (m. 1998–2011), Lisa Berenger (m. 1986–1997), Barbara Wilson (m. 1976–1984)
FactHe studied under Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studio while working in off-Broadway productions.

Who is Tom Berenger?

Tom Berenger is an Oscar-nominated American actor, producer and screenwriter, who is perhaps best known for appearing in films such as “Major League” and “Sniper”, as well as in movies “Platoon” (1986), “Gettysburg ” (1993), “The Substitute” (1996) as well as “Training Day” (2001) and “Inception” (2010) to name a few. For starring in the Golden Globe-winning TV historic drama mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys”, Berenger was honored with the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award in 2012.

#DYK Before hitting it big as an actor, Tom Berenger was a flight attendant on Eastern Airlines.

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Early Life and Education

Thomas Michael ‘Tom’ Moore was born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on the 31st 1949 ,in Chicago, Illinois, and apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, he is also of pert-Irish descent. Upon matriculating from Rich East High School in 1967, Tom enrolled at the University of Missouri from which he graduated in 1971, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts’ degree in journalism. He was also a student of the Herbert Berghof Studios.

Early Career

Upon graduating, Tom began his career in 1972 when he joined Eastern Airlines as a flight attendant. In 1973 he transferred to New York to pursue a career in acting, and changed his surname to Berenger. His on-screen acting debut occurred in 1975, when he was cast for the recurring role of Tim Siegel in one of the longest running American soap operas – “One Life to Live”. His debut big screen appearance occurred in 1977, when he briefly appeared in the horror movie “The Sentinel”.

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Later that year he appeared opposite Diane Keaton and Richard Gere in the Oscar-nominated drama movie “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”, while in 1978 he portrayed the leading character of the independent comedy film “Rush It”. To greater prominence he came later in 1978, when he starred in the comedy drama movie “In Praise of Older Women”, while in 1979 he was cast for the role of Butch Cassidy in the Oscar-nominated western film “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days”.

With the beginning of the 1980s era, and with his career on the rise, Tom began appearing in more leading roles, adding several memorable appearances to his acting portfolio, including critically praised movies such as “The Dogs of War” (1980), “The Big Chill” (1993) “Eddie and the Cruisers” (1983) and “Rustlers’ Rhapsody” (1985). For his portrayal of Sgt. Barnes in Oliver Stone’s four-time Oscar winning 1986 war drama film “Platoon”, Berenger was honored with an Oscar nomination as well as with the Golden Globe Award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

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Prior to landing a role in the first installment of the eponymous film franchise – “Major League” (1989), Tom appeared in movies “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1987) and “Shoot to Kill” (1988).

Professional Acting Career

In 1990, Tom appeared in the Oscar-nominated thriller movie “The Field”, after which he starred in the Golden Globe-nominated drama film “At Play in the Fields of the Lord”. Into the limelight he stepped in 1993 when he was cast for the leading role of Thomas Beckett in the first film of the “Sniper” movie series, while later that year he starred in the historic war drama movie “Gettysburg”.

In the following year he reprised his role of Jake Taylor in the sports movie “Major League II”, which was followed by the leading role in the western movie “Last of the Dogmen” in 1995. By the end of the 1990s, Tom also starred in critically acclaimed movies such as “The Substitute” (1996), “A Murder of Crows” (1998) and “One Man’s Hero” (1999).

After appearing in the 2001 Oscar-winning thriller “Training Day”, Berenger starred in two sequels from the “Sniper” franchise, before appearing in TV series’ “Peacemakers” and “October Road”.

In 2010 he appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan’s four-time Oscar-winning masterpiece movie “Inception”, after which he starred in the recurring role of Rainer Gerhardt in the TV action drama series “XIII: The Series”. After winning the Primetime Emmy Award in 2012 for his performance in the TV mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys”, between 2013 and 2015 he appeared in the TV series “Major Crimes”. Some of Tom‘s most recent on-screen appearances include movies such as “Gone Are The Days” (2018), and “Sargasso” (2019).

Personal Life

Berenger’s private life is as thrilling as his professional acting career – he has married four times and has six children! Between 1976 and 1984 he was married to Barbara Wilson, with whom he welcomed daughter Alison born in 1977, and son Patrick born in 1979. From 1986 to 1997 he was married to Lisa Williams, with whom he has three daughters – Chelsea(1986), Chloe(1988) and Shiloh born in 1993. During Tom’s third marriage with Patricia Alvaran, lasting between 1998 and 2011, he had another daughter named Scout born in 1998.

Since September 2012 he has been married to Laura Moretti.

In 1988 he launched the Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund.

Net Worth

As estimated by authoritative sources, the total of Tom Berenger‘s wealth as of mid-2020, revolves around an impressive sum of $8 million. It has all been acquired through his almost five-decade-long acting career since the early 1970s, during which he has already appeared in more than 100 motion pictures.

General Info

Full NameTom Berenger
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthMay 31, 1949
Height1.8 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Actor
EducationUniversity of Missouri, Rich East High School


SpouseLaura Moretti (m. 2012), Patricia Alvaran (m. 1998–2011), Lisa Berenger (m. 1986–1997), Barbara Wilson (m. 1976–1984)
ChildrenChelsea Berenger, Chloe Berenger, Scout Moore, Allison Moore, Shiloh Moore, Patrick Moore
SiblingsSusan Moore


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
MoviesPlatoon, Inception, The Big Chill, The Substitute, Last of the Dogmen, Gettysburg, Shoot to Kill, Someone to Watch Over Me, Training Day, Sniper 2, Sniper: Legacy, Sniper, Shattered, Born on the Fourth of July, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Sniper 3, Major League, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Rustl...
TV ShowsHatfields & McCoys, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots, October Road, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, Into the West, Peacemakers

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1Your body really changes a lot in your 50s. You start feeling old injuries and things start coming back ... so you better get it together then.
2[on Charlie Sheen] I've always liked him, and I always worry about him like his parents do. He was always a good listener, which is probably why he is a real good actor.
3[in 2002] Since the '70s I've seen myself as a poet. Sometimes I express that poetry through acting, sometimes through cooking, and sometimes just having a good chat, you know, one of them chats you have when you're stoned and the hour is getting late. I don't know what's gonna come my way, but I think Berenger's gonna be big these next couple years.
4Even my agents say, 'We don't know what this business is anymore.' These days, you can do a TV series for five years and all of a sudden be on top of the business. Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore before going right to television. And every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, Lost in Space (1998)? - a bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and almost felt like I was on an acid trip. Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.
5[in 1975] I first started thinking about being an actor when I was in college at the University of Missouri. I auditioned for a television play, and the director, who has some professional New York credits, encouraged me to pursue acting. In college I had a double major--drama and film editing. I worked with 16 millimeter film upon graduating, and from Kansas City I went on to Dallas. All of this time I suppose I had an unrealized commitment to acting. But then, I guess I ran away from acting. I was afraid of the business--I still am.
6[on playing bad guys] I enjoy playing them. I find something human in them, with the exception of Looking for Mr. Goodbar. It was such a slimy character with no redeeming qualities. To me it was like playing Charles Manson. I had nightmares after I finished shooting it. I felt dirty. Bad guys are interesting, even if you don't like them.


1Tom's first play was in high school was performed in the Spanish language for an advanced Spanish class. Being an extremely shy guy, he was forced to be in it by his teacher.
2Tom is an avid reader.
3As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Inception (2010). Of those, Platoon (1986) won in the category.
4Berenger lent his likeness for Frank Jaeger, in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990).
5Berenger's earlier career before he became an actor was as a flight attendant for the defunct Eastern Air Lines.
6Prior to acting, he was also a bellman at the former Alameda Plaza Hotel (now the Inter-Continental Hotel) in the Country Club Plaza section of Kansas City, Missouri.
7He studied under Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studio while working in off-Broadway productions.
8Started "The Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund" This was established in 1988 by him to award Theatre students for excellence in performance.
9He picked "Berenger" as his professional name, after a school friend, because there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association.
10The role that seems the nearest to his heart is that of Lt. General James Longstreet, whom he portrayed in Gettysburg (1993).
11Tom's great interest in Civil War history has led him to collect on and research the Civil War era in his personal life as well.
12Was the second ill-fated Timmy Siegal on 'One Life To Live'.
13Tom speaks Spanish and Italian.
14Turned down the part of Det. Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984). The studio was hoping to land a big star, and also approached Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges.
15Admitted that he hated making Sliver (1993), as it went through endless reshoots and script changes.
16Studied acting in New York at the Herbert Berghof Studios.
17Lives in Beaufort, South Carolina when not working on films.
18Lived in Puerto Rico for several months in his 20s.
19Tom is a history buff.
20His father was a traveling salesman.
21He was offered his role in Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) and had 24 hours to decide if he wanted. He agreed without even getting a chance to read the script. He read it for the first time on the flight to Australia for the filming.
22Graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism.
23Considers Flesh & Blood (1979) as one of his best films.
24Father of Chelsea Berenger and Chloe Berenger.
25Earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to on-screen nudity -- for eligible scenes in In Praise of Older Women (1978) and At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991).".
26He has six children, Allison, Patrick, Chelsea, Chloe, Shiloh and Scout, and also a step-daughter, Julia, with his wife Laura Moretti.
27Listed as a "Promising New Actor of 1977" in vol. 29 of John Willis' Screen World.




Wunderland2017post-productionMajor McCulley
American Dresser2017post-productionJohn Moore
Cops and Robbers2017/IIcompleted
Gone Are the Days2017post-productionWill
Training Day2017TV SeriesStan Gursky
Major Crimes2013-2015TV SeriesJackson Raydor
Impact Earth2015Herbert Sloan
Reach Me2014Teddy
Sniper: Legacy2014VideoThomas Beckett
Lonesome Dove Church2014John Shepherd
Doc Holliday's Revenge2014/IIJudge Wells
Hawaii Five-02014TV SeriesEddie Williams
Bad Country2014Lutin Adams
Hatfields & McCoys2012TV Mini-SeriesJim Vance
Brake2012/IBen Reynolds
War Flowers2012Gen. McIntire
Bucksville2011The Patron of Justice
XIII: The Series2011TV SeriesRainer Gerhardt
Last Will2011Frank Emery
Sinners and Saints2010Captain Trahan
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball2010VideoWalter Weed
Breaking Point2009Steven Luisi
Silent Venom2009VideoAdmiral Bradley Wallace
The Making of 'Charlie Valentine': Behind the Scenes with Michael Weatherly2009ShortBecker
The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine2009Becker
Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway2008TV MovieLarsan
Stiletto2008/IIVirgil Vadalos
October Road2007-2008TV SeriesThe Commander / Mr. Garrett
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey2007Jonathan Toomey
America's Iliad: The Siege of Charleston2007TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Amy Coyne2006TV MovieMac
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King2006TV Mini-SeriesRichard Kinnell
Into the West2005TV Mini-SeriesColonel J. Chivington
Detective2005TV MovieSgt. Malcolm Ainslie
Sniper 32004VideoThomas Beckett
Capital City2004TV MovieSen. Foxworthy
Peacemakers2003TV SeriesMarshal Jared Stone
Third Watch2003TV SeriesAaron Noble
Sniper 22002VideoThomas Beckett
The Junction Boys2002TV MoviePaul 'Bear' Bryant
Johnson County War2002TV MovieCain Hammett
Eye See You2002Hank
Watchtower2001Art Stoner
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesHarrison Wyatt
True Blue2001Rembrandt Macy
The Hollywood Sign2001Tom Greener
Training Day2001Stan Gursky
Cutaway2000TV MovieRed Line
Law & Order2000TV SeriesDean Tyler
Takedown2000McCoy Rollins
In the Company of Spies1999TV MovieKevin Jefferson
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying1999Sikes
One Man's Hero1999John Riley
Diplomatic Siege1999Gen. Buck Swain
A Murder of Crows1998Clifford Dubose
Shadow of Doubt1998Jack Campioni
The Gingerbread Man1998Pete Randle
Rough Riders1997TV SeriesTheodore Roosevelt
An Occasional Hell1996Dr. Ernest Dewalt
The Substitute1996Jonathan Shale
Last of the Dogmen1995Lewis Gates
Body Language1995TV MovieAtty. Gavin St. Claire
The Avenging Angel1995TV MovieMiles Utley
Chasers1994Rock Reilly
Major League II1994Jake Taylor
Gettysburg1993Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet
Sliver1993Jack Landsford
Cheers1993TV SeriesDon Santry
Sniper1993Thomas Beckett
At Play in the Fields of the Lord1991Lewis Moon
Dream On1991TV SeriesNick Spencer
Shattered1991Dan Merrick
The Field1990Peter - The American
Love at Large1990Harry Dobbs
Born on the Fourth of July1989Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes
Major League1989Jake Taylor
Last Rites1988Father Michael Pace
Betrayed1988Gary Simmons
Shoot to Kill1988Jonathan Knox
Someone to Watch Over Me1987Det. Mike Keegan
Platoon1986Sgt. Barnes
If Tomorrow Comes1986TV Mini-SeriesJeff Stevens
Rustlers' Rhapsody1985Rex O'Herlihan
Fear City1984Matt Rossi
Eddie and the Cruisers1983Frank Ridgeway
The Big Chill1983Sam
Beyond the Door1982Matthew Jackson
The Dogs of War1980Drew
Flesh & Blood1979TV MovieBobby Fallon
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days1979Butch Cassidy / Robert Leroy Parker
In Praise of Older Women1978Andras Vayda
Rush It1978Richard Moore
Looking for Mr. Goodbar1977Gary
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye1977TV MovieBilly Sutton
The Sentinel1977Man at end
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974TV SeriesBoy At Pool
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesTimothy "Timmy / Tim" Seigel #2 (1975-1976)


Bucksville2011executive producer
Peacemakers2003TV Series producer
Rough Riders1997TV Series producer - 2 episodes
An Occasional Hell1996executive producer
The Avenging Angel1995TV Movie co-producer


Peacemakers2003TV Series story


Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin2010Video documentary short special thanks


Platoon: 302017Documentary post-productionHimself
Positively Paula2017TV SeriesHimself
Parris Island 100 Years: We Make Marines2015DocumentaryHimself
The Big Chill: Thirtieth Anniversary Q&A2014Video shortHimself
Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker2014TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Cocaine: History Between the Lines2011TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Entertainment Tonight1989-2010TV SeriesHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin2010Video documentary shortHimself - Walter Weed
The Bunker Mentality: Designing the Set2010Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Oliver Stone - Hollywoods Lieblingsrebell2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'2001Video documentaryHimself / Sgt. Barnes
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Chill: A Reunion1999Video documentaryHimself
Maury1996TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Lincoln Assassination1995TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Making of 'Gettysburg'1993Video documentaryHimself - 'Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, Confederate'
The Making of 'Shattered'1991Video shortHimself
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary voice
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The American Sportsman1979TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
VH1 Goes Inside2004TV Series documentarySam
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesTom the American from film THE FIELD
Especial Oscars 861987TV MovieSgt. Bob Barnes


Won Awards

2013Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsWestern DocumentaryHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieHatfields & McCoys (2012)
2004Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaPeacemakers (2003)
2000Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1998Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest TV ActorRough Riders (1997)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PicturePlatoon (1986)

Nominated Awards

2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleInception (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastInception (2010)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingInception (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleInception (2010)
2009Maverick Movie AwardMaverick Movie AwardsBest Supporting Actor: FeatureCharlie Valentine (2009)
1994Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorSliver (1993)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesCheers (1982)
1987OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RolePlatoon (1986)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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