Tom Skerritt: “I love acting when I’m doing it, but I don’t think too much about it when I’m not doing it”

Tom Skerritt (b. 1933) is one of the best and most talented supporting and character actors of the past five decades, and has been following all these years in the footsteps of legendary performers such as Claude Rains, George Sanders and Eli Wallach. “War Hunt” (1962), with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack, was Mr. Skerritt’s debut film, and his career was launched after Robert Altman’s “MASH” (1970). Since then, he appeared in some of the most iconic films ever made, including “Alien” (1979) and “Top Gun” (1986), directed by Ridley and Tony Scott, and two films made by Herbert Ross, “The Turning Point” (1977) and “Steel Magnolias” (1989)—both also with Shirley MacLaine as his co-star, respectively as his wife and next-door neighbor.

In the TV series “Picket Fences” (1992-1996) he played Jimmy Brock, the sheriff of a small town plagued with a variety of bizarre crimes, which earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1993, he was also nominated twice for a Golden Globe). Not surprisingly, he played the character of town Marshall Will Kane in the television remake of “High Noon” (2000) which was portrayed by Gary Cooper in an Academy Award-winning performance in the original version, made by Fred Zinnemann in 1952. Why not suprisingly? Because to me Mr. Skerritt has always been one of the most solid and reliable actors of the past half-century, very dedicated and devoted to his craft, to such a level even that he could turn any character into one of the great movie characters. Just like he was able to recreate Will Kane so brilliantly, he’d be one of the very few actors who could play a character such as Tom Joad (Henry Fonda’s role in John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1940). Unless Robert Duvall, Ben Kingsley or Christopher Plummer gets the role before he does.

On the set of “War Hunt” he became friends with Robert Redford, but he had to pass on Redford’s “Ordinary People” (1980, Donald Sutherland played the part) because he had signed up—and consequently ‘felt morally obligated’—to do “Silence of the North” with Ellen Burstyn in Canada. Later he did appear in another Redford classic, “A River Runs Through It” (1992), with Mr. Skerritt in one of his best roles so far, as Reverend Maclean who teaches his sons, played by Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt—before he became the Brad Pitt—to behave no matter what life brings, and deal with whatever happens, and do it with grace, courage and honesty. Films hardly get any better than this.

The trailer of “A River Runs Through It”

Due to the corona pandemic I was not able to come over to the U.S. earlier this year for an interview, but fortunately Mr. Skerritt allowed me to get in touch with him for a phone interview. On the phone from Seattle, while I was right here near Brussels, Belgium, we talked about his films, his craft as an actor which he knows inside out, and his work as the driving force behind media content provider Triple Squirrels.

Mr. Skerritt, is it true that “Citizen Kane” [1941] had a major influence on you when you were young?

As an English major, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, it was either directing or painting—that was another thing I was doing quite a bit back then. I remember having a film class at UCLA that screened “Citizen Kane” which was so impressive. My response was that I was going to write and direct, and if I would write and direct, I wanted it to be at that level. That was the bar I set for myself. I thought, if I was going to write, I had to know what that was. From the beginning, I really was a story guy. But I was basically shy. I could never speak in front of people, so the chance of playing someone who is not me—maybe that could break through being shy or being more outgoing, and I could learn what it felt like to be on stage, trying to learn, being sure that I cut the right lines and have a repore with the audience. Someone saw me acting in a play and came backstage, she was a well-dressed woman and she said, ‘You’re a very good actor, young man. You should go to New York, do theater, learn.’ And she turned around and left.

Do you know who she was?

One of the other actors said to me, ‘You know who that woman was?’ I had no idea. ‘That’s George C. Scott’s mother.’ Then I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’d better think this over.’ The question at that point was, ‘If I really was going to take acting seriously, should I go to New York and study?’ But, I was at UCLA, I loved the weather. So I stayed in California. I met a television director—he had seen me perform, I guess—and I wound up being mentored by him, he was a very interesting individual. He called me one day, asked me to be in a movie, it was “MASH” [1970] and it was Robert Altman, the man I was mentoring with. One thing after another presented itself.
I was moving forward. “MASH” went through the process of the studio hating the film, but when it was released, it was a major success, it even became one of the top films of the twentieth century, and my first learning was from this man, Altman. If not for him, I don’t think I would be in the business. I just had those kind of things happen in the 1970s, working with different people that gave me such input that was extraordinary. Hal Ashby was another favorite. An Academy Award winner for editing “In the Heat of the Night” [1967]. I first met him right after “MASH” through Beau Bridges who had done “The Landlord” [1970] with him. When we did “Harold and Maude” [1971], I watched Hal edit, I learned from him how to put things together, how you can manipulate a story in a way that, hopefully, improves what the original storyteller had put in the script. Good scripts often have a lot more than what the writer’s aware of. Writing is subjective. It’s difficult to become objective having your own view of it. The director and the actors all take it to a different level which is sometimes offensive to writers. But that’s the process, going through these experiences and just going with them. I knew what it was to be a director, what it was to edit, and what it was to write as well as act. And so, you have that triumvirate and that’s what my thinking was at the time.

“Harold and Maude” with Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, and Tom Skerritt as the motorcycle officer

You have worked with a lot of wonderful filmmakers that were underestimated. You already mentioned Hal Ashby, but what about people like Herbert Ross? I think most people don’t even remember who they were.

It’s really a business of short memory; hot for a moment and then disappear when the next hot thing comes along. It’s sad to lose history—now we’re living in a history we want to forget, nature is ruling. So let’s recover, let’s know who we are, let’s look in the mirror and see who and what our influences are.

And Robert Altman was your major influence. Are you to this very day still using things that you learned from him?

Everything we do informs our imagination, our frame of reference, our intelligence. It’s a chain of events. For me, it’s not about just Hal Ashby or Bob Altman, it’s what they gave me and how you use that, an impulse. We’re driven by whatever we experience. So as an actor, I’m not conscious of it, but I know I would not have had as successful a career as I had if it wasn’t for Bob Altman. It all goes back to him: what he gave me, his perspective, the way he looked at footage in the editing room… The same thing with Hal Ashby—although they were completely different personalities.

Carl Gottlieb, David Arkin, Tom Skerritt, John Schuck, Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in Robert Altman’s “MASH” (1970). Photograph: Film Talk Archive

Your character of Capt. Arthur Dallas will always remain an iconic hero in “Alien.” How did you get involved in this film?

I was doing a film [“Ice Castles,” 1978, in Minnesota] when an agency sent me the script. They didn’t have a director or any of the other actors. It was a solid storyline, nothing remarkable about it. I had perspective gained from Robert Altman and Hal Ashby. The budget was two million dollars, an Ed Wood movie [laughs]. I’d wait a few weeks. In the meantime I saw a film called “The Duellists” [1977], Ridley Scott’s first film. I didn’t know then who Ridley Scott was, but I thought, ‘I have to remember his name.’ Two weeks later, after I had said, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this script,’ they called back and said, ‘The budget’s been pushed up from two million to ten million, and Ridley Scott is going to direct it.’ And that’s how it came about for me.

When you were making “Alien,” were you aware that it would be such a brilliant film?

Absolutely. I watched Ridley Scott, followed him around, listened to what he said, like I did with Robert Altman and Hal Ashby. Ridley was operating the camera, he was doing a lot of the lighting, he was working his ass of, and I was really quite taken with that. I had this blue-collar work ethic myself, so I recognized the hard work and I absorbed it. Ridley was bringing it to another level. Like Altman and Ashby, they translate what they picked up in their life experiences to something wonderful like that. He saw a great story in it—like Joseph Conrad’s book “Hearts of Darkness” when you go to a mysterious place because you’ve been told you should help somebody out, and it turns out to be not a really wholesome place to go—that is how he saw “Alien,” that “Hearts of Darkness” mood, and that’s how he envisioned it. He was a graphics guy, a production designer, he really knew how to do art, how to light, everything. It was a painting to him, art work. The way he combined the art work and the story… when he put that kind of haze—that smoke—in the background, you get a sense of depth, realistic three-dimensional, all of those things, it was wonderful to see what he was doing.

A monster has rarely been so frightening as in “Alien.” What was it like on the set? It must have been a totally different experience from your point of view.

I’ll tell you a funny story. One day I arrived on the set around noon when everybody was having lunch. Suddenly the stage doors opened and crew members walked out, followed by the alien character, a tall seven-foot guy. The head was off, and he was walking with the wardrobe lady. They were talking, while the wardrobe guy carried the tail of the creature—and the alien actor was wearing blue Adidas tennis shoes. I wish I had taken a picture of them [laughs], but we didn’t have iPhones then.

The cast of “Alien” (1979). From left to right: John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Sigounrey Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton and Ian Holm. At the time, Mr. Skerritt was the biggest name attached to the film. Photograph: Film Talk Archive

With your background and your interest in writing, I suppose the screenplay is crucial to you?

Yes, although “MASH” for example, was not a solid screenplay. Ring Lardner Jr. initially wanted his name taken off from the movie and won an Academy Award for his screenplay. The value of what the material does to the other forces involved in it, is the sum of it. And ultimately the writer takes credit for all of that, because he has put something in the script that he is not subjectively aware of. Does that make sense to you? That’s basically what I saw when we did “Alien.” Both “MASH” and “Alien” are among the top twenty-five films of the century, I was told by someone recently. So it’s very extraordinary to have the experience of those two film directors [Robert Altman and Ridley Scott] and learning so much from them—and from Hal Ashby. They were some of the best filmmakers of the twentieth century. The 1970s were great, it was a great period for filmmaking in Hollywood.

Was it important to you as an actor that your career was launched during this era of new Hollywood film directors like Robert Altman, Hal Ashby, William Friedkin, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, after the studio era had come to an end? Studios made sure their actors got enough exposure, and now actors were on their own, I suppose?

I had a family I had to take care of as well, so I wasn’t really thinking of my next role [his four children include filmmaker Matt Skerritt, b. 1969]. I was lucky enough to be working when I needed the money. I just wanted to be able to support my kids, I wanted us to get by. One film simply led to another, and since you also mentioned Herbert Ross, that’s how I also ended up doing “The Turning Point” [1977], a really terrific film set in the ballet world, so I’m just a very fortunate guy and I really embrace my good fortune. But I don’t think I look at it quite the way other actors do, because if all I ever focused on was acting, I should have worked a lot more on the technique of acting and question myself about that. ‘Shouldn’t I be going to an acting teacher?’ I just watch other actors work, and when you do that, you begin to realize that when you’re doing film, you’re not doing stage. And when you’re doing stage, you have to remember so many lines, the writing of a play is so different compared to a screenplay. Films are not shot in a sequence according to the script, they’re shot according to the locations and the weather. It’s a very different approach.

“Steel Magnolias,” a wonderful, charming drama with a superb all-star ensemble cast. Top row, Tom Skerritt with Sally Field and Julia Roberts, who play his wife and daughter. Bottom row, with Shirley MacLaine as his next-door neighbor. Photographs: Film Talk Archive

You have played so many roles, and each time you succeed in creating a new character, adding something extra, or an extra layer, or, like in “Steel Magnolias” for example, you add this wonderful touch of humor to your character. How do you do that? What’s your secret?

You try to do the right thing, but there are times that I felt that I could have been better—that I made a wrong choice. ‘You could have been better,’ you know. You question the choices you make to improve it. In the end, everything is a lesson, everything is about learning.

When you founded Triple Squirrels to create and develop content in Washington State, had the State been overlooked by traditional filmmaking?

Living up here in Seattle, I had another view, and I thought it would be interesting to do something here in Washington. At the time there was no streaming, you had iPhones and iPads. Basically I started using my own money to produce shorts but because of the costs it was difficult to finish them. Now we have a company that is working very well, at this time particularly. It’s called Triple Squirrels. We have a terrific CEO [Leslie Grandy] who really knows what she’s doing. She got it! We’re acquiring different kinds of projects, short films, from the Northwest area—British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon—that never had any release at all and we put it out over a network on the Stirr channel and the Stirr app [Google Play and App Store]. It’s specifically addressed to the Northwest area of America. Everything has a story, and that’s what our whole approach has been. The one thing that hasn’t changed, is storytelling. And then there’s the Evrgrn Channel, our own channel on the Stirr app, that will be out later this summer. There will be a lot of wonderful and uplifting stuff for the viewer. Like watching some guys take scrap metal and make a motorcycle, or a couple of British Columbia who decided they want to live out in the wild in the middle of the woods—all these unusual and unique things that people are doing which will encourage people viewing to enjoy what they’re watching and to feel that maybe they could do that too.

You think that’s something we’ve been missing?

We need to feel and activate our imagination about what we might be able to do by trying to do it. That is what our company Triple Squirrels is focused on: storytelling in the Northwest. There’s wonderful material out there that’s uplifting and needs to have exposure. The audience deserves to simply enjoy and to exercise their imagination. We are now acquiring and accumulating short films, ten to twenty minutes, even forty minutes, and we’re able to monetize them by having advertising over the web.

It sounds like your trademark as an actor, isn’t it? You always give solid performances, very dignified, very humble, it’s always a very rewarding experience to watch you on the screen, because as a viewer you know you’re in for such a treat when you give an impeccable performance in a work of quality…

…thank you very much for that, but I must say I did some awful stuff when I started out for television. But, when I think about my first feature, “War Hunt” [1962] with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack—he was still a wonderful actor—that’s where those two met, and how I became friends with Bob Redford through the 1960s. But we both had families, lived in different locations, so we didn’t see each other because we were doing other stuff and then did “A River Runs Through It” [1990] years later. Years, geography, work all prevented us from seeing each other.
I got to work with Shirley MacLaine a couple of times [“The Turning Point,” 1977; “Steel Magnolias,” 1989], and with several very talented young people like Julia Roberts [“Steel Magnolias”] and Brad Pitt [“A River Runs Through It”]. You just knew they were gonna make it. These are all wonderful people with integrity.

But that’s also your strength, isn’t it? And maybe also one of the reasons of the longevity of your career?

I don’t know. We’ll see. I write all the time, when I’m not acting, and I paint. I have a lot of interests. I love acting when I’m doing it, but I don’t think too much about it when I’m not doing it. And it’s a different time now, a different approach. Hollywood is having problems now, Covid-19, you can’t go to a theater now, a huge loss for Hollywood. I don’t know if they will come back the same way as before. They will always make big budget films, but not many of them, and they will be in special theaters. But there will always be movies made and seen. They can be great escapes for some. The big thing now, is in streaming category as an alternative. And that’s where we come in with Triple Squirrels.

Telephone interview,
May 28, 2020

FILMS

WAR HUNT (1962) DIR Denis Sanders PROD Terry Sanders SCR Stanford Whitmore CAM Ted D. McCord ED John Hoffman MUS Bud Shank CAST John Saxon, Charles Aidman, Sydney Pollack, Tommy Matsuda, Gavin MacLeod, Anthony Ray, Tom Skerritt (Sgt. Stan Showalter), Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola

ONE MAN’S WAY (1964) DIR Denis Sanders PROD Frank Ross SCR John W. Bloch, Eleanore Griffin (biography ‘Norman Vincent Peale: Minister To Millions’ [1958] by Arthur Gordon) CAM Ernest Laszlo ED Philip W. Anderson MUS Richard Markowitz CAST Don Murray, Diana Hyland, William Windom, Virginia Christine, Carol Ohmart, Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt (Leonard Peale)

THESE CALLOWAYS (1965) DIR Norman Tokar PROD Winston Hibler SCR Louis Pelletier (book by Paul Annixter) CAM Edward Colman ED Grant K. Smith MUS Max Steiner CAST Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon De Wilde, Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn, Linda Evans, Tom Skerritt (Whit Turner), Frank Ferguson

MASH (1970) DIR Robert Altman PROD Ingo Preminger SCR Ring Lardner Jr. (novel by Richard Hooker) CAM Harold E. Stone ED Danford B. Greene MUS Johnny Mandel CAST Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt (Duke Forrest), Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Roger Brown, Rene Auberjonois, Jo Ann Pflug, Gary Burghoff, Michael Murphy, John Schuck, Carl Gottlieb, Bud Cort

THE MOONSHINE WAR (1970) DIR Richard Quine PROD Martin Ransohoff SCR Elmore Leonard (also novel) CAM Richard H. Kline ED Allan Jacobs MUS Fred Karger CAST Patrick McGoohan, Richard Widmark, Alan Alda, Melodie Johnson, Will Geer, Joe Williams, Lee Hazlewood, Harry Carey Jr., John Schuck, Bo Hopkins, Charles Tyner, Teri Garr, Tom Skerritt (The Neighbor [uncredited])

WILD ROVERS (1971) DIR – SCR Blake Edwards PROD Blake Edwards, Ken Wales CAM Philip H. Lathrop ED John F. Burnett MUS Jerry Goldsmith CAST William Holden, Ryan O’Neal, Karl Malden, Lynn Carlin, Tom Skerritt (John Buckman), Joe Don Baker, James Olson, Leora Dana, Moses Gunn, Victor French, Rachel Roberts

HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) DIR Hal Ashby PROD – SCR Colin Higgins CAM John A. Alonzo ED William A. Sawyer, Edward Warschilka CAST Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, G. Wood, Judy Engles, Shari Summers, M. Borman [Tom Skerritt (Motorcycle Officer)], Hal Ashby

FUZZ (1972) DIR Richard A. Colla PROD Martin Ransohoff, Jack Farren SCR Evan Hunter (also novel as Ed McBain) CAM Richard R. Marquette ED Robert L. Kimble MUS Dave Grusin CAST Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Tom Skerritt (Detective Bert Kling), Raquel Welch, Yul Brynner, James McEachin, Steve Ihnat, Dan Frazer, Bert Remsen, Stewart Moss, Tamara Dobson

THIEVES LIKE US (1974) DIR Robert Altman PROD Jerry Bick SCR Robert Altman, Calder Willingham, Joan Tewkesbury (novel ‘Thieves Like Us’ by Edward Andersen) CAM Jean Boffety ED Lou Lombardo CAST Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Louise Fletcher, Ann Latham, Tom Skerritt (Dee Mobley)

ARRIVANO JOE E MARGHERITO, a.k.a. RUN, RUN, JOE! (1974) DIR Giuseppe Colizzi PROD Carlo Ponti, Wolfdieter von Stein SCR Giuseppe Colizzi, Miguel de Echarri (story by Giuseppe Colizzi, Miguel de Echarri) CAM Marcello Masciocchi ED Antonio Siciliano MUS Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis CAST Keith Carradine, Tom Skerritt (Margherito), Cyril Cusack, Sybil Danning, José Calvo, Raymond Bussières

BIG BAD MAMA (1974) DIR Steve Carver PROD Roger Corman SCR Frances Doel, William W. Norton CAM Bruce Logan ED Tina Hirsch MUS David Grisman CAST Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt (Fred Diller), Susan Sennett, Robbie Lee, Dick Miller, Sally Kirkland, Paul Bartel

THE DEVIL’S RAIN (1975) DIR Robert Fuest PROD Michael S. Glick, James V. Cullen [Louis Periano] SCR Gabe Essoe, James Ashton, Gary Hopman CAM Álex Phillips Jr. ED Michael Kahn MUS Al De Lory CAST Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt (Tom Preston), Joan Prather, John Travolta

LA MADAMA (1976) DIR Duccio Tessari SCR Massimo Felisatti, Fabio Pittorru (story by Massimo Felisatti, Fabio Pittorru) CAM Giulio Albonico ED Mario Morra MUS Manuel De Sica CAST Christian De Sica, Ines Pellegrini, Oreste Lionello, Ettore Manni, Gigi Ballista, Grazia Maria Spina, Neno Zamperla, Tom Skerritt (Jack), Carole André

E TANTA PAURA, a.k.a. PLOT OF FEAR (1976) DIR Paolo Cavara PROD Rodolfo Puttignani, Guy Luongo, Armanno Curti SCR Enrico Oldioni, Bernardino Zapponi (story by Paolo Cavara) CAM Franco Di Giacomo ED Sergio Montanari MUS Daniele Patucchi CAST Corinne Cléry, Michele Placido, Quinto Parmeggiani, Edoardo Faieta, John Steiner, Jacques Herlin, Tom Skerritt (Chief Inspector), Eli Wallach

THE TURNING POINT (1977) DIR Herbert Ross PROD Herbert Ross, Arthur Laurents SCR Arthur Laurents CAM Robert Surtees ED William Reynolds CAST Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Tom Skerritt (Wayne), Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne, Martha Scott, Anthony Zerbe, Donald Petrie

UP IN SMOKE (1978) DIR Lou Adler, Tommy Chong [uncredited] PROD Lou Adler, Lou Lombardo SCR Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong CAM Gene Polito ED Scott Conrad CAST Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams, Tom Skerritt (Strawberry), Stacy Keach, Val Avery, Ellen Barkin

ICE CASTLES (1978) DIR Donald Wrye PROD John Kemery SCR Donald Wrye, Gary L. Baim (story by Gary L. Baim) CAM Bill Butler ED Michael Kahn, Melvin Shapiro, Maury Winetrobe MUS Marvin Hamlish CAST Robby Benson, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt (Marcus Winston), Jennifer Warren, David Huffman

ALIEN (1979) DIR Ridley Scott PROD Walter Hill, David Giler, Gordon Carroll SCR Dan O’Bannon (story by Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett) CAM Derek Vanlint ED Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley, David Crowther [director’s cut] MUS Jerry Goldsmith CAST Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto

SAVAGE HARVEST (1981) DIR Robert L. Collins PROD Ralph Helfer, Sandy Howard SCR Robert L. Collins, Robert Blees (story by Ralph Helfer, Ken Noyle) CAM Ronnie Taylor ED Patrick Kennedy, Scott K. Wallace MUS Robert Folk CAST Tom Skerritt (Casey), Michelle Phillips, Shawn Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Derek Partridge, Arthur Malet, Tana Helfer, Vincent J. Isaac, Eva Kirrita, Bill Okwirry, Abdulla Sunoda

SILENCE OF THE NORTH (1981) DIR Alan King PROD Robert Shostak SCR Patricia Louisianna Knop (book ‘The Silence of the North’ by Ben East, Olive Frederickson) CAM Richard Letterman ED Arla Saara MUS Allan Macmillan CAST Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt (Walter Reamer), Gordon Pinsent, Jennifer McKinney, Colin Fox, David Fox, Richard W. Farrell

FIGHTING BACK (1982) DIR Lewis Teague PROD D. Constantine Conte, David Permut SCR Thomas Hedley Jr., David Zelag Goodman CAM Franco Di Giacomo ED Jack Fitzstephens, Nicholas C. Smith MUS Piero Piccioni CAST Tom Skerritt (John D’Angelo), Patti LuPone, Michael Sarrazin, Yaphet Kotto, David Rasche, Donna DeVarona

A DANGEROUS SUMMER (1982) DIR Quentin Masters PROD Jim McElroy SCR Quentin Masters, David Ambrose (original idea by Kit Denton, Jim McElroy) CAM Peter Hannan ED Ted Otton MUS Groove Myers CAST Tom Skerritt (Howard Anderson), James Mason, Wendy Hughes, Ian Mortimer, Shane Porteous, Norman Kaye

THE DEAD ZONE (1983) DIR David Cronenberg PROD Debra Hill SCR Jeffrey Boam (novel by Stephen King) CAM Mark Irwin ED Ronald Sanders MUS Michael Kamen CAST Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt (Sheriff Bannerman), Herbert Lom, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen, Nicholas Campbell, Sean Sullivan, Jackie Burroughs, Géza Kovács, Roberta Weiss, Simon Craig

TOP GUN (1986) DIR Tony Scott PROD Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson SCR Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. CAM Jeffrey L. Kimball ED Billy Weber, Chris Lebenzon MUS Harold Faltermeyer CAST Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt (Viper), Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Whip Hubley, Meg Ryan

SPACECAMP (1986) DIR Harry Winer PROD Walter Coblenz, Patrick Bailey SCR Clifford Green, Casey T. Mitchell (story by Patrick Bailey, Larry B. Williams) CAM William A. Fraker ED Tim Board, John W. Wheeler MUS John Williams CAST Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Leaf Phoenix [Joaquin Phoenix], Tate Donovan, Tom Skerritt (Comdr. Zach Bergstrom), Barry Primus

OPPOSING FORCE (1986) DIR Eric Karson PROD Tamar E. Glaser SCR Gil Cowan [Linda J. Cowgill] CAM Michael Jones ED Mark Conte MUS Marc Donahue CAST Tom Skerritt (Logan), Lisa Eichhorn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Roundtree, Robert Wightman, John Considine, George Cheung

WISDOM (1986) DIR – SCR Emilio Estevez PROD Bernard Williams, Bruce McNall CAM Adam Greenberg ED Michael Kahn MUS Danny Elfman CAST Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt (Lloyd Wisdom), Veronica Cartwright, William Allen Young, Richard Minchenberg

MAIL TO ORDER (1987) DIR Amy Holden Jones PROD Herb Jaffe, Mort Engelberg SCR Amy Holden Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze CAM Shelly Johnson ED Jean Jellinek Jones, Sidney Wolinsky MUS Georges Delerue CAST Ally Sheedy, Beverly D’Angelo, Michael Ontkean, Valerie Perrine, Dick Shawn, Tom Skerritt (Charles Montgomery), Merry Clayton

THE BIG TOWN (1987) DIR Ben Holt, Harold Becker [uncrdited] PROD Martin Ransohoff SCR Robert Roy Pool (novel by Clark Howard) CAM Ralf D. Bode ED Stuart H. Pappé MUS Michael Melvoin CAST Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Dern, Tom Skerritt (Phil Carpenter), Lee Grant, Suzy Amis, Lolita Davidovich, David Marshall Grant, Don Francks, Del Close, Meg Hobarth

POLTERGEIST III (1988) DIR Gary Sherman PROD Barry Bernardi SCR Gary Sherman, Brian Taggert CAM Alex Nepomniaschy ED Ross Albert MUS Joe Renzetti CAST Tom Skerritt (Bruce Gardner), Nancy Allen, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kipley Wentz, Richard Fire, Nathan Davis, Roger May, Paul Graham, Meg Weldon

HONOR BOUND (1988) DIR Jeannot Szwarc PROD Tim Van Rellim, Michel Roy SCR Terrell Tannen (novel by Steven L. Thompson) CAM Robert M. Stevens ED John Jympson MUS Mark Shreeve CAST Tom Skerritt (Sam Cahill), Eric Douglas, Lawrence Pressman, Gabrielle Lazure, George Dzundza

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS (1989) DIR Jeremy Kagan PROD Arnon Milchan SCR Allan Katz CAM Bojan Bazelli ED Howard E. Smith MUS Joseph Vitarelli CAST Allan Katz, Corey Parker, Cindy Williams, Melora Hardin, Jessica Harper, Tom Skerritt (Dr. Webster), John Finnegan

STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) DIR Herbert Ross PROD Ray Stark SCR Robert Harling (also play) CAM John A. Alonzo ED Paul Hirsch MUS Georges Delerue CAST Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt (Drum Eatenton), Dylan McDermott, Kevin J. O’Connor, Sam Shepard, Ann Wedgeworth

THE ROOKIE (1990) DIR Clint Eastwood PROD Steven Siebert, David Valdes, Howard G. Kazanjian SCR Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel CAM Jack N. Green ED Joel Cox MUS Lennie Niehaus CAST Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sõnia Braga, Tom Skerritt (Eugene Ackerman), Lara Flynn Boyle, Pepe Serna

WILD ORCHID II: TWO SHADES OF BLUE (1991) DIR – SCR Zalman King PROD David Saunders, Rafael Eisenman CAM Marc Reshovsky ED Marc Grossman, James David Bedford MUS George S. Clinton CAST Nina Siemaszko, Wendy Hughes, Tom Skerritt (Ham McDonald), Robert Davi, Brent David Fraser, Christopher McDonald, Joe Dallesandro

KNIGHT MOVES (1992) DIR Carl Schenkel PROD Ziad El Khoury, Jean-Luc Defait SCR Brad Mirman CAM Dietrich Lohmann ED Norbert Herzner MUS Anne Dudley CAST Christopher Lambert, Diane Lane, Tom Skerritt (Capt. Frank Sedman), Daniel Baldwin, Walter Marsh

POISON IVY (1992) DIR Katt Shea PROD Andy Ruben SCR Katt Shea, Andy Ruben (story by Melissa Goddard) CAM Phedon Papamichael ED Gina Mittelman MUS David Michael Frank CAST Tom Skerritt (Darryl Cooper), Sara Gilbert, Cheryl Ladd, Drew Barrymore, Alan Stock, Jeanne Sakata, Leonardo DiCaprio

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Amalia Mato, Patrick Markey SCR Richard Friedenberg (story by Norman Maclean) CAM Philippe Rousselot ED Lynzee Klingman, Robert Estrin MUS Mark Isham CAST Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt (Rev. Maclean), Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Edie McClurgh, Stephen Shellen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

SINGLES (1992) DIR – SCR Cameron Crowe PROD Cameron Crowe, Richard Hashimoto CAM Tak Fujimoto, Ueli Steiger ED Richard Chew MUS Paul Westerberg CAST Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, Sheila Kelly, Jim True, Bill Pullman, Tom Skerritt (Mayor Weber), Eric Stoltz, Cameron Crowe, Tim Burton

CONTACT (1997) DIR Robert Zemeckis PROD Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey SCR James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg (story by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan; novel by Carl Sagan) CAM Don Burgess ED Arthur Schmidt MUS Alan Silvestri CAST Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt (David Drumlin), James Woods, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, John Hurt

SMOKE SIGNALS (1998) DIR Chris Eyre PROD Larry Estes SCR Sherman Alexie (also book) CAM Brian Capener ED Brian Berdan MUS BC Smith CAST Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, Tom Skerritt (Police Chief), Tantoo Cardinal, Cody Lightning, Simon Baker

THE OTHER SISTER (1999) DIR Garry Marshall PROD Alexandra Rose, Mario Iscovich SCR Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner (story by Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner, Alexandra Rose, Blair Richwood) CAM Dante Spinotti ED Bruce Green MUS Rachel Portman CAST Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Tom Skerritt (Radley Tate), Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Paulson, Linda Thorson, Juliet Mills, Hector Elizondo

TEXAS RANGERS (2001) DIR Steve Miner PROD Frank Price, Alan Greisman SCR Martin Copeland, Scott Busby (book by George Durham) CAM Daryn Okada ED Gregg Featherman, Peter Devaney Flanagan MUS Trevor Rabin CAST James Van Der Beek, Dylan McDermott, Usher Raymond, Ashton Kutcher, Rachel Leigh Cook, Tom Skerritt (Richard Dukes), Randy Travis, Alfred Molina, Leonor Varela, Brian Martell, Billy Morton, Roger Patrick

TUSCALOOSA (2002) DIR Benjamin Flaherty PROD Joseph Wartnerchaney CAM Ben Britten Smith CAST Nitzan Blouin, William Carter, Benjamin Ellis, Mónica Gontovnik, Colin Skerritt, Tom Skerritt

CHANGING HEARTS (2002) DIR Martin Guigui PROD Michael C. Edwards SCR Daniel Wright (also play) CAM Massimo Zeri ED John Axelrad MUS Walter Murphy CAST Lauren Holly, Faye Dunaway, Ian Somerhalder, Tom Skerritt (Johnny Pinkley), Edie McClurg, Janet Carroll, Dahlia Waingort, Rita Coolidge

TEARS OF THE SUN (2003) DIR Antoine Fuqua PROD Ian Bryce, Arnold Rifkin, Mike Lobell SCR Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo CAM Mauro Fiore ED Conrad Buff IV, Christopher Holmes [extended version] MUS Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard CAST Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner, Tom Skerritt (Capt. Bill Rhodes)

SWING (2003) DIR Martin Guigui PROD Ken Patton SCR Mary Keil CAM Massimo Zeri ED Charles B. Weber MUS Gennaro Cannelora CAST Jacqueline Bisset, Inis Casey, Jonathan Winters, Tom Skerritt (George Verdi), Nell Carter, Mindy Cohn, Barry Bostwick

BONNEVILLE (2006) DIR Christopher N. Rowley PROD John Kilker, Robert May SCR Daniel D. Davis (story by Christopher N. Rowley, Daniel D. Davis) CAM Jeffrey L. Kimball ED Anita Bryant Burgoyne, Lisa Fruchtman MUS Jeff Cardoni CAST Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt (Emmett L. Johnson), Tom Wopat, Laura Park, Tom Amandes, Bruce Newbold, Ivey Lloyd Mitchell, Tom Armandes, Evan May, Erin May

BEER FOR MY HORSES (2008) DIR Michael Salomon PROD Toby Keith SCR Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington CAM Paul Elliott ED Paul Trejo MUS Jeff Cardoni CAST Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Claire Forlani, Ted Nugent, Barry Corbin, Greg Serano, Tom Skerritt (Sheriff Wilson Landry), Gina Gershon, Willie Nelson, Chris Browning, Myk Watford, Carlos Sanz

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (2009) DIR Michael Landon Jr. PROD Michael Landon Jr., Serge Denis SCR Cindy Kelley (story by Michael Landon Jr.; inspired by ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams) CAM Eric Cayla ED Jared E. Baker, Stephen L. Johnson MUS Alan Williams, Sam Cardon CAST Jane Seymour, Matthew Habour, Kevin Jubinville, Una Kay, Tom Skerritt (Horse [voice only])

WHITEOUT (2009) DIR Dominic Sena PROD Joel Silver, David Gambino, Susan Downey SCR Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes (graphic novel by Greg Rucka, Steve Lieber) CAM Christopher Roos ED Martin Hunter MUS John Frizzel CAST Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt (Dr. John Fury), Columbus Short, Alex O’Loughlin, Shawn Doyle, Joel Keller

FOR SALE BY OWNER (2009) DIR Robert J. Wilson PROD – SCR Scott Cooper CAM Bill Roe ED Robert A. Ferretti MUS Joseph Conlan CAST Scott Cooper, Rachel Nichols, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt (Clive Farrier), Frankie Faison, Tom Bower, Scott Wilson

REDEMPTION ROAD (2010) DIR Mario Van Peebles PROD Morgan Simpson, Rhoades Rader, Jeff Balis SCR Morgan Simpson, George Richards (story by Morgan Simpson) CAM Matthew Irving ED Mark Conte MUS Tree Adams CAST Michael Clarke Duncan, Morgan Simpson, Kiele Sanchez, Taryn Manning, Luke Perry, Tom Skerritt (Santa), Melvin Van Peebles, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Morgan Simpson, George Richards

SODA SPRINGS (2012) DIR Michael Feifer PROD Michael Feifer, Jay Pickett SCR Michael Feifer, Jay Pickett CAM Jeffrey D. Smith ED James Shaughnessey MUS Steve Mark Fulton CAST Jay Pickett, Victoria Pratt, Michael Bowen, Patty McCormack, Tom Skerritt (Walt Jackson), Henry Darrow, Miranda Frigon

TED (2012) DIR Seth MacFarlane PROD Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber, Jason Clark, John Jacobs SCR Seth MacFarlane, Alan Sulkin, Wellesley Wild (story by Seth MacFarlane) CAM Michael Barrett ED Jeff Freeman MUS Walter Murphy CAST Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Tom Skerritt (Tom Skerritt)

OT VINTA 3D, a.k.a. WINGS (2012, animated) DIR Olga Lopato, Melanie Simka [English version] PROD Armen Manasaryan, Georgi Nersian, Gevorg Nersisyan; Mychal Simka [English version] SCR Armen Adilkhanyan, Tilek Cherikov, Timur Cherikov; Melanie Simka, Nathan Ciarleglio, Ross Mihalko [English version] CAM Gabriel Balcázar ED Gari Miller; Ramón Balcázar [English version] CAST (voice only) Josh Duhamel, Hilary Duff, Rob Schneider, Jessie McCartney, Tom Skerritt (Colonel), Rob Schneider

REDWOOD HIGHWAY (2013) DIR – ED Gary Lundgren PROD Gary Kout, James Twyman SCR Gary Lundgren CAM Patrick Neary MUS John Askew CAST Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt (Pete), Michelle Lombardo, Sam Dely, Danforth Comins, Zena Grey

AT MIDDLETON (2013) DIR Adam Rodgers PROD Andy Garcia, Glenn German, Sig Libowitz SCR Adam Rodgers, Glenn German CAM Emmanuel Kadosh ED Suzy Elmiger MUS Arturo Sandoval CAST Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Nicholas Braun, Tom Skerritt (Dr. Ronald Emerson), Peter Riegert

WINGS: SKY FORCE HEROES (2014, animated) DIR Tony Tang, Mychal Simka [English version] SCR Joe Fiorelli; Mychal Simka, Genoveva Winsen, Harry Glennon [English version] CAST (voice only) Josh Duhamel, Hilary Duff, Rob Schneider, Jesse McCartney, Tom Skerritt (Colonel), Russell Peters, Dallas Lovato

FIELD OF LOST SHOES (2015) DIR Sean McNamara PROD Thomas Farrell, Dave Kennedy SCR Thomas Farrell, David M. Kennedy CAM Brad Shield ED Jeff Canavan MUS Frederik Wiedmann CAST David Arquette, David Keith, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Tom Skerritt (Ulysses S. Grant), Luke Benward, Max Lloyd-Jones, Sean McNamara

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (2016) DIR Tom Tykwer PROD Stefan Arndt, Gary Goetzman, Arcadiy Golubovich, Tim O’Hair, Uwe Schott SCR Tom Tykwer (novel by Dave Eggers) CAM Frank Griebe ED Alexander Berner MUS Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek CAST Tom Hanks, Omar Elba, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Tracey Fairaway, Jane Perry, Tom Skerritt (Ron), Michael Baral

LUCKY (2017) DIR John Carroll Lynch PROD Ira Steven Behr, Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, Richard Kahan, John H. Lang, Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja, SCR Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja CAM Tim Suhrstedt ED Robert Gajic MUS Elvis Kuehn CAST Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt (Fred), Barry Shabaka Henley, James Darren

DAY OF DAYS (2017) DIR Kim Bass PROD Kim Bass, Deanna Shapiro SCR Kim Bass, Kyle Bass CAM Mark Eberle ED Michael Purl MUS James Jacob Farris, Jonas Sorman CAST Tom Skerritt, Claudia Zevallos

EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS (2019) DIR S.J. Chiro PROD Jane Charles, David Guterson, Mischa Jakupcak SCR Thane Swigart (novel by David Guterson) CAM Sebastien Scandiuzzi ED Eric Frith MUS Les Hall CAST Mira Sorvino, Tom Skerritt (Ben Givens), Annie Gonzales, Wally Dalton, Victoria Summer Felix, Lauren Du Pree, John Paulsen

TV MOVIES

A BELL FOR ADANO (1967) DIR Mel Ferber PROD Mel Ferber, Leland Hayward TELELAY (novel by John Hershey; play by Paul Osborn; adaptation by Roger O. Hirson) MUS Norman Paris CAST John Forsythe, Murray Hamilton, Jeff Corey, Peter Jason, Tom Skerritt (Sgt. Trapani)

THE BIRDMEN (1971) DIR Philip Leacock PROD Harve Bennett TELEPLAY David Kidd CAM Jack A. Marta ED Robert F. Shugrue MUS David Rose CAST Doug McClure, Rene Auberjonois, Richard Basehart, Max Baer Jr., Chuck Connors, Don Knight, Tom Skerritt (Orville Fitzgerald)

THE LAST DAY (1975) DIR Vincent McEveerty PROD A.C. Lyles TELEPLAY Steve Fisher, Jim Byrnes (story by A.C. Lyles, Steve Fisher) CAM Robert B. Hauser ED Michael Vejar MUS Robert Bain CAST Richard Widmark, Barbara Rush, Robert Conrad, Richard Jaeckel, Tim Matheson, Christopher Connelly, Tom Skerritt (Bill Powers), Loretta Swit

MANEATERS ARE LOOSE! (1978) DIR Timothy Galfas PROD Bill Finnegan TELEPLAY Robert W. Lenski (novel by Ted Willis) CAM Hugh K. Gagnier ED Howard A. Smith MUS Gerald Fried CAST Tom Skerritt (John Gosford), Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Harry Morgan, Frank Marth, Joshua Bryant, Diana Muldaur, Dabney Coleman

CALENDER GIRLS MURDERS (1984) DIR William A. Graham PROD James O’Fallon TELEPLAY Gregory S. Dinallo, Scott Swanton (story by Gregory S. Dinallo) CAM Robert Steadman ED Ronald J. Fagan MUS Brad Fiedel CAST Tom Skerritt (Lieutenant Dan Stoner), Sharon Stone, Barbara Bosson, Robert Beltran, Pat Corley, Robert Morse, Robert Culp, Barbara Parkins

A TOUCH OF SCANDAL (1984) DIR Ivan Nagy PROD Doris Keating TELEPLAY Richard A. Guttman CAM Fred J. Koenekamp ED J. Terry Wiliams MUS Sylvester Levay CAST Angie Dickinson, Tom Skerritt (Father Dwelle), Jason Miller, Don Murray, Robert Loggia, Stephen Shellen, Lois Foraker, Beverly Todd

THE PARENT TRAP II (1986) DIR Ron Maxwell PROD Joan Barnett TELEPLAY Stu Krieger (book by Erich Kästner) CAM Peter Stein ED Corky Ehlers MUS Charles Fox CAST Hayley Mills, Tom Skerritt (Bill Grand), Carrie Kei Heim, Bridgette Andersen, Alex Harvey, Gloria Cromwell, Judith Tannen

MILES TO GO… (1986) DIR David Greene PROD Murray Shostak TELEPLAY Beverly Levitt, Stuart Fischoff (story by Beverly Levitt) CAM René Verzier ED Parkie L. Singh MUS Kenneth Wannberg CAST Jill Clayburgh, Tom Skerritt (Stuart Browning), Mimi Kuzyk, Rosemary Dunsmore, Cynthia Preston, Andrew Bednarski

POKER ALICE (1987) DIR Arthur Allan Seidelman PROD Renée Valente TELEPLAY James Lee Barrett CAM Hanania Baer ED Millie Moore MUS Billy Goldenberg CAST Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Skerritt (Jeremy Collins), George Hamilton, Richard Mulligan, David Wayne, Susan Tyrrell, Pat Corley

MOVING TARGET (1988) DIR Chris Thomson PROD Christopher Morgan TELEPLAY Andy Tennant (story by Andy Tennant, Ed Hunsaker) CAM Neil Roach ED Mark Melnick MUS Michel Rubini CAST Jason Bateman, John Glover, Jack Wagner, Richard Dysart, Tom Skerritt (Joseph Kellogg), Robert Downey Sr.

NIGHTMARE AT BITTERCREEK (1988) DIR Tim Burstall PROD Scott Swanton TELEPLAY Scott Swanton, Greg McCarty (story by Scott Swanton, Greg McCarty) CAM Jacques Stein ED John F. Link MUS Arthur B. Rubinstein CAST Lindsay Wagner, Tom Skerritt (Ding), Constance McCashin, Joanna Cassidy, Janne Mortil, Raymond Guth

THE HEIST (1989) DIR Stuart Orme PROD Robert W. Christiansen TELEPLAY William Irish Jr., Rick Natkin, David Fuller (story by William Irish Jr.) CAM George Tirl ED Jim Oliver MUS Arthur B. Rubinstein CAST Pierce Brosnan, Tom Skerritt (Ebbet Berens), Wendy Hughes, Noble Willingham, Tom Atkins, Robert Prosky

RED KNIGHT, WHITE KNIGHT (1989) DIR Geoff Murphy PROD John Kemeny TELEPLAY Ron Hutchinson CAM Elemér Ragályi ED Peter Davies MUS John Scott CAST Tom Skerritt (Stoner), Max von Sydow, Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Neil Dudgeon, Gavan O’Herlihy, Barry Corbin

THE CHINA LAKE MURDERS (1990) DIR Alan Metzger PROD William Beadine Jr. TELEPLAY Nevin Schreiner CAM Geoffrey Schaaf ED Sidney Wolinsky MUS Dana Kaproff CAST Tom Skerritt (Sheriff Sam Brodie), Michael Parks, Nancy Everhard, Lauren Tewes, Bill McKinney, Lonnie Chapman, J.C. Quinn

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH (1992) DIR Jeff Bleckner PROD Jayne Bieber TELEPLAY Alan Hines, Loyce Eliason (story by Alan Hines) CAM Mike Fash ED Tod Feuerman MUS Wiliam Olvis CAST Lesley Ann Warren, Tom Skerritt (Jarrett Mattison), Marg Helgenberger, Ray Baker, Robyn Lively, Lisa Blount, Courtney Barilla, Ross Malinger

GETTING UP AND GOING HOME (1992) DIR Steven Schachter PROD Carroll Newman TELEPLAY Peter Nelson (book by Robert Anderson) CAM Edward J. Pei ED Michael Hoey MUS James Di Pasquale CAST Tom Skerritt (Jack Montgomery), Blythe Danner, Roma Downey, Julianne Phillips, Gary Frank, Dorian Harewood

DIVIDED BY HATE (1997) DIR Tom Skerritt PROD John V. Stuckmeyer TELEPLAY Leonard Gross (story by Leonard Gross, Dennis O’Flaherty) CAM Reed Smoot ED Andrew London MUS Joseph Conlan CAST Dylan Walsh, Andrea Roth, Tom Skerritt (Steve Riordian), Jim Beaver, Michael Ruud, Kyle Hansen

WHAT THE DEAF MAN HEARD (1997) DIR John Kent Harrison PROD Tom Luse TELEPLAY Robert W. Lenski (novel by G.D. Gearino) CAM Eric Van Haren Noman ED Jim Oliver MUS J.A.C Redford CAST Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Claire Bloom, Judith Ivey, Jerry O’Connell, Bernadette Peters, Tom Skerritt (Norm Jenkins)

TWO FOR TEXAS (1998) DIR Rod Hardy PROD Dennis Bishop TELEPLAY Larry Brothers (novel by James Lee Burke) CAM David Connell ED Michael D. Ornstein MUS Lee Holdridge CAST Kris Kristofferson, Scott Bairstow, Tom Skerritt (Sam Houston), Irene Bedard, Peter Coyote, Victor Rivers

INTO THE WILD BLUE (1999) DIR – TELEPLAY Rob Stone PROD Rob Stone, Alex Eastman CAM David E. West ED Stephen Butler MUS Tom Rizzo CAST Tom Skerritt (Host)

THE HUNT FOR THE UNICORN KILLER (1999) DIR William A. Graham PROD Arnon Milchan, Scott White TELEPLAY Bruce Graham (book by Stephen Levy) CAM Ralph D. Bode ED Drake Silliman MUS Chris Boardman CAST Kevin Anderson, Tom Skerritt (Fred Maddux), Naomi Watts, Kellie Overbey, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Brian Kerwin, Josef Sommer

AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER (2000) DIR Sheldon Larry TELEPLAY Wendy Wasserstein (also play) CAM Albert J. Dunk ED Charles Bornstein MUS Phil Marshall CAST Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt (Walter), Jay Thomas, Mark Feuerstein, Stanley Anderson, Blake Lindsley, Scott Michael Campbell

HIGH NOON (2000) DIR Ron Hardy PROD Karen Sharpe, Ted Bauman TELEPLAY Carl Foreman, T.S. Cook (screenplay HIGH NOON [1952] by Carl Foreman; magazine story ‘The Tin Star’ by John W. Cunningham) CAM Robert McLachlan ED Michael D. Ornstein MUS Allyn Ferguson, Dan Ferguson CAST Tom Skerritt (Will Kane), Susanna Thompson, Reed Diamond, Maria Conchita Alonso, Dennis Weaver, Michael Madsen

JACKIE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS (2000) DIR David Burton Morris PROD Tony Mark, Sue Jett TELEPLAY Eric Ellis Overmyer, Tina Andrews (book by Donald Spoto) CAM Paul Elliott ED Paul Trejo, Scott Conrad MUS Joseph Conlan CAST Joanne Whalley, Tim Matheson, Tom Skerritt (Joseph P. Kennedy), Frances Fisher, Andrew McCarthy, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Baker, Fred Ward

CHESTNUT HILL (2001) DIR Don Scardino EXEC PROD Robert De Laurentiis, John Masius CAM John Newby MUS Dan Radlauer, Adam Zelkind CAST Steven W. Bailey, Tom Skerritt (Daniel Eastman), Mary McDonnell, Patrick Dempsey, Meghan Black, Carrie ‘CeCe’ Cline

PATH TO WAR (2002) DIR John Frankenheimer PROD Guy Riedel TELEPLAY Daniel Giat CAM Nancy Schreiber, Stephen Goldblatt ED Richard Francis-Bruce MUS Gary Chang CAST Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, Frederic Forrest, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Skerritt (General William Westmoreland), Diana Scarwid, Cliff De Young, J.K. Simmons, Gary Sinise

HOMELAND SECURITY (2004) DIR Daniel Sackheim PROD Ron Binkowski TELEPLAY Christopher Crowe CAM Jonathan Freeman ED Regis Kimble MUS Scott Gilman CAST Scott Glenn, Tom Skerritt (Admiral Ted McKee), Grant Show, Marisol Nichols, Kal Penn, Ross Gibby, Leland Orser

VINEGAR HILL (2005) DIR Peter Werner PROD Peter Sadowski TELEPLAY Suzette Couture (novel by A. Manette Ansay) CAM Ousama Rawi ED Anita Bryandt Burgoyne MUS Richard Marvin CAST Mary-Louise Parker, Tom Skerritt (Fritz Grier), Tim Guinee, Larissa Laskin, Hollis McLaren, Roberta Maxwell

MAMMOTH (2006) DIR Tim Cox [Abram Cox] PROD Richard D. Titus TELEPLAY Tim Cox [Abram Cox], Brook Durham, Saen Keller (story by Don Guarisco) CAM Vivi Dragan Vasile, Bing Sokolsky ED Carsten Becker MUS John Dickson CAST Vincent Ventresca, Summer Glau, Tom Skerritt (Simon Abernathy), Charles Carroll, Mark Irvingsen, David Kallaway

DESPERATION (2006) DIR Mick Garris PROD Kelly Van Horn TELEPLAY Stephen King (also novel) CAM Christian Sebaldt ED Patrick McMahon MUS Nicholas Pike CAST Tom Skerritt (John Edward Marinville), Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish, Charles Durning, Matt Frewer, Henry Thomas, Ron Perlman

FALLEN (2006) DIR Mikael Salomon PROD Patti Allen, Peter J. Donaldson, Jay Sanders TELEPLAY Sara B. Cooper (novel by Tom Sniegoski) CAM Jon Joffin ED Alan Cody MUS David Williams CAST Tom Skerritt (Zeke), Paul Wesley, Kwesi Amayew, Fernanda Andrade, Byron Lawson

JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (2008) DIR Paolo Barzman PROD Irene Litinsky, Françoise Sylvestre TELEPLAY Paul B. Margolis (novel by Robert Louis Stevenson) CAM Pierre Jodion ED Annie Ilkow MUS FM Le Sieur CAST Dougray Scott, Krista Bridges, Tom Skerritt (Gabe Utterson), Danette Mackay, Cas Avnar, Ellen David, Vlasta Vrana

A VALENTINE’S DATE (2011) DIR – PROD Michael Feifer TELEPLAY Michael Feifer, Peter Sullivan (story by Peter Sullivan, Jeffrey Schenck) CAM Kobi Zaig-Mendez ED Sean Olson MUS Andres Boulton CAST Elisa Donovan, Brad Rowe, John Schneider, Fred Willard, Tom Skerritt (Jack Connors), Fred Willard, Catherine Hicks

JOURNEY BACK TO CHRISTMAS (2016) DIR Mel Damski PROD Harvey Kahn, Ian Dimerman TELEPLAY Maria Nation CAM Pieter Stathis ED Jason Pielak MUS Christopher Nickel CAST Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Tom Skerritt (Tobias Cook), Gwynyth Walsh, Eamon Hanson

TELEVISION MINI-SERIES

AFTERSHOCK: EARTHQUAKE IN NEW YORK (1999) DIR Mikael Salomon PROD Michael O’Connor TELEPLAY Loren Boothby, David Stevens, Paul Eric Myers (novel by Chuck Scarborough) CAM Jon Joffin ED Christopher Rouse MUS Irwin Fisch CAST Tom Skerritt (Thomas Ahearn), Sharon Lawrence, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jennifer Garner, Cicely Tyson

THE GRID (2004) DIR Mikael Salomon PROD Mitch Engel TELEPLAY Tracey Alexander, Ken Friedman CAM Jon Joffin, Seamus Deasy ED Robert A. Ferretti, Donnie Koehler MUS Ramin Djawadi CAST Dylan McDermott, Jemma Redgrave, Robert Forster, Tom Skerritt (CIA Deputy Director Acton Sandman), Bernard Hill

CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD (2005) DIR Dick Lowry PROD Lesley Oswald, Peter Sadowski TELEPLAY James LaRosa (story by Christian Ford, Roger Soffer; characters created by Matt Dorff) CAM Neil Roach ED Tod Feuerman, Scot J. Kelly MUS Joseph Williams CAST Cameron Daddo, Gina Gershon, Shannen Doherty, Randy Quaid, Robert Wagner, James Brolin, Swoosie Kurtz, Tom Skerritt (Colonel Mike Davis)

KILLER WAVE (2007) DIR Bruce McDonald PROD Michael Prupas, Irene Litinsky TELEPLAY William Gray, George Malko, Tedi Sarafian CAM Pierre Jodoin ED Denis Papillon MUS Normand Corbeil CAST Angus Macfadyen, Karine Vanasse, Louis Philippe Dandenault, John Robinson, Tom Skerritt (Victor Bannister), Stephen McHattie

THE TROJAN HORSE (2008) DIR Charles Binamé EXEC PROD Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa TELEPLAY Paul Gross, John Krizanc CAM Derick V. Underschultz ED Dominique Fortin MUS Stephen Skratt, Asher Lenz CAST Paul Gross, Tom Skerritt (President Stanfield), Greta Scacchi, Stephen McHattie, Rick Cosnett, Alan Rose