Tom Skerritt

‘Top Gun’ Star Tom Skerritt Reveals What Made the Original 1986 Film So Iconic

Following the highly anticipated premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Skerritt spoke about why the original 1986 film is so iconic. While speaking to Fox News about “Top Gun,” Tom Skerritt stated that the film’s music had a lot to do with its success. “But the screenplay itself, which I’ve always honored as being the whole reason for a good show, and you just write the work … and do the job you have good material for the rest of us to work with. And I really believed in that screenplay.”

Seattle actor Tom Skerritt plays first starring role at 88 years old

In Seattle actor Tom Skerritt’s 60-year acting career, he’s covered practically every genre of film — from playing Viper in “Top Gun” to Strawberry in Cheech and Chong’s “Up In Smoke,” to roles in “Steel Magnolias,” “A River Runs Through It,” and “Alien.”

Longtime character actor Tom Skerritt talks first leading role

Tom Skerritt is an actor who has graced our movie and television screens for five decades. For most of his career, Skerritt played supporting roles in some unforgettable films from "Alien" to "Steel Magnolias," and of course, "Top Gun." But now, well into his 80s, Skerritt has shifted into a...

Film icon Tom Skerritt brings acclaimed new film to Vashon

Editor’s note: This article contains a reference to suicide. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Tom Skerritt, a Seattle actor with a storied career in film and television, will pay...

Tom Skerritt Has a Story to Tell

For five decades, Tom Skerritt has played key supporting roles in some indelible films — from Robert Altman’s revolutionary comedy M*A*S*H to Ridley Scott’s sci-horror masterpiece Alien to Tony Scott’s Tom Cruise–powered action-star watershed Top Gun. The man does seem to have an uncanny ability to pick projects that will have a long shelf life — everything from Up in Smoke and Harold and Maude to Singles, Steel Magnolias, Poison Ivy, and Contact. But in recent years, the actor, now 88, has appeared in several leading roles. His most recent film might contain his greatest performance to date. In director S.J. Chiro’s moving East of the Mountains, based on the novel by David Guterson, Skerritt plays an aging, retired doctor consumed by grief, illness, and regret, who struggles to find a reason to keep on living. When he goes on a hunting trip with his dog, however, he finds himself confronted by not just his own frailty, but also the kindness (and in some cases, the cruelty) of others. The subject may sound grim — and it is — but the movie itself is gentle and lovely, partly because of Skerritt’s marvelously subtle performance, which reminds us of what a fine actor he is. Indeed, the chance to watch Tom Skerritt for the full length of a feature film, especially nowadays, feels like a rare gift. I recently talked to the actor about his new film, his approach to acting, his own regrets, his memories of his most iconic roles, and how Robert Altman helped save him during one of the darkest periods of his life.

Art Zone: Tom Skerritt shines in "East of the Mountains"

Tom Skerritt's 50+ year career includes over a hundred TV roles, most notably as the Emmy Award-winning Sheriff Brock in the CBS series "Picket Fences," as well as meaty parts in dozens of feature films such as "Steel Magnolias," "Top Gun," and "Alien." Now in his 80s, Tom stars as the widowed and terminally ill Ben Givens in the SJ Chiro-directed film "East of the Mountains," based on the book by David Guterson. Created by Joe Guppy.
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Tom Skerritt indie film showcases Eastern Washington

The 2021 independent film "East of the Mountains" follows Ben Givens (Tom Skerritt), a retired heart surgeon and recent widower who learns he has terminal cancer. Determined to navigate his final days on his own terms, he shares the news with no one — not even his daughter (Mira Sorvino) — instead traveling back to his boyhood home in Eastern Washington with his dog in tow.

Back to One, Episode 171: Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt is the very definition of a veteran actor. MASH, Alien, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, and countless other supporting credits in films and television grace his esteemed resume, plus an Emmy for Picket Fences. But never a lead role in a feature film! Until now. East Of The Mountains just might be 88-year-old Tom Skerritt’s best work on the screen. It’s an assured, vulnerable, simple yet extremely powerful performance, utilizing, as he describes in this episode, his “less is more” approach to acting. He talks about what he learned mentoring with Robert Altman and Hal Ashby, on the other side of the camera, that still helps his work today. And I ask him what’s the worst thing a director even did to him. Get ready for a laugh and some inspiration.
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What’s It Like to Be Killed by an Alien? We Asked Tom Skerritt

This piece contains discussions and references to suicide. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Tom Skerritt has acted in some of the most iconic films and television shows, from science...

Tom Skerritt Grapples With His Own Death In 'East Of The Mountains'

Tom Skerritt's had an admired career in supporting roles - the drawling, wisecracking surgeon alongside Hawkeye and Trapper in "M.A.S.H," Brad Pitt's minister father in "A River Runs Through It," Shirley MacLaine's ex-ballet dancer husband in "The Turning Point," and, of course, Ripley's captain in "Alien." He's won awards and plaudits, but now he stars as Ben Givens, a retired heart surgeon with terminal cancer who doesn't want to wait for what he knows is coming and heads for the wilds with his dog and his gun. The film is "East Of The Mountains," and Tom Skerritt joins us from Washington state.