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Name: Tom Berenger                                                                         
Birth name: Thomas Michael Moore                                                           
Born: 31 May 1949 Chicago, Illinois, USA                                                   
Tom Berenger (born May 31, 1949) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe           
winning American actor known mainly for his roles in action films.                         
Berenger was born Thomas Michael Moore in Chicago, Illinois. He studied                   
journalism at the University of Missouri, but decided to seek an acting career             
following his graduation. He worked first in regional theatre and moved to New             
York City in the 1970s. He worked in soap operas and had a starring role on One           
Life to Live.                                                                             
Berenger's feature film debut was the lead in Rush It (1976), an independent               
film now mostly forgotten except for its cast members who went on to greater               
renown. In 1977, Berenger had a small but noticeable role as a murderer in                 
Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In 1978, he had a starring role in In Praise of Older             
Women for Avco-Embassy Pictures. In 1979, he had the role of Butch Cassidy in             
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, a role he got in part because of his                   
resemblance to Paul Newman, who played the character in Butch                             
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) These early roles highlight Berenger's                 
ability to play both villains and heroes.                                                 
Berenger's film career peaked in the 1980s with notable films like The Big Chill           
(1983), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), and Major League (1989). In 1986, he             
received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the sociopathic Sgt.             
Barnes in Platoon. In the mid-1990s he was most recognizable in his role from             
the movie Sniper, and its later sequels. Other notable films from that period             
include the Wolfgang Petersen thriller "Shattered" (1991), the Sharon Stone bomb           
"Sliver" (1993) and the Dennis Hopper-directed romantic-comedy "Chasers" (1994).           
It has been recorded that Berenger himself has said that his favorite movie he             
had starred in was the 1993 hit Gettysburg, where he played the role of General           
James Longstreet. He has said he has seen Gettysburg more than any other of the           
movies with his starring role.                                                             
In more recent years, Berenger has continued to have an active acting career in           
film and television, although often at a supporting level. His most notable               
television appearance was on Cheers in its last season as Rebecca Howe's blue             
collar-plumber love interest. He also began a career as a producer in the 1990s.           
In a 2002 interview Berenger was quoted as saying, "Since the 1970s 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           
Berenger starred in the mini-series version of Stephen King's Nightmares &                 
Dreamscapes, as a celebrated author who realizes the warped painting he recently           
purchased, is alive with illustrations of impending doom for him in "The Road             
Virus Heads North".                                                                       
Berenger has been married three times and has six children, consisting of one             
son and five daughters. He resides in Vancouver, Canada and South Carolina.               
Berenger has two children by his first wife, Barbara Wilson, to whom he was               
married between 1976 and 1984: Allison (born in 1977) and Patrick (born in 1979).         
He has three daughters by second wife Lisa Williams (to whom he was married               
between 1986 and 1997): Chelsea (born 1986), Chloe (born 1988) and Shiloh Rory (b.1993),   
and one daughter, Scout (born 1998), by current wife Patricia Alvaran to whom he's         
been married since 1998.