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Name: Thomas Roy Skerritt                                                               
Born: 25 August 1933 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.                                           
Thomas Roy Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an Emmy Award-winning American           
actor who has appeared in over 40 films and more than 200 television episodes (half     
Picket Fences) since 1962.                                                             
Skerritt made his television debut in 1962 in Combat! and his film debut in War         
Hunt, produced by Terry Sanders and released the same year. Skerritt's notable         
film appearances include M*A*S*H (1970; his huge role was pared down enormously         
by director Robert Altman), Harold and Maude (credited as "M. Borman") (1971),         
Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke (1978), as Captain A.J. Dallas of the commercial           
towing vessel 'Nostromo' in Alien (1979), as an astronaut in Contact (1997) and         
SpaceCamp (1986), and in Top Gun (1986), where he played opposite Tom Cruise as         
Cmdr. Mike "Viper" Metcalf.                                                             
He was the Rev. MacLean in A River Runs Through It (1992). He was in the movie         
Poison Ivy (1992) with Drew Barrymore and also played a sheriff in The Dead Zone,       
a movie based on a Stephen King novel. He appeared as Evan Drake in the                 
television sitcom Cheers, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and starred in the         
television series Picket Fences (1992-1996). More recently, Skerritt has starred       
in Homeland Security and The Grid which is a Fox/BBC co-production. Both of             
these latter projects dealt with counter-terrorism.                                     
He also portrays the deceased William Walker on Brothers & Sisters, having             
appeared in the pilot as well as in several flashbacks since. This is his second       
time playing the husband of Sally Field, the first being his role in the film           
Steel Magnolias. Recently, he has played the role of Ezekiel on ABC Family's           
Fallen miniseries. He appears as the guide on the showcase website for Microsoft's     
new operating system called Windows Vista. He recently appeared on Adult Swim's         
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, where the duo sang a jingle for him. He         
expressed disappointment as he said "You didn't do a good job".