Born in Chicago, Illinois, Oscar nominee and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working-class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the college theater, on a whim and a bet with a roommate, and was accepted for the role of Nick. After several stints in regional theatre, Tom then attended the Herbert Berghof Studio School for Acting in New York City. While in New York, he pursued his professional career in theatre and television. Tom’s auspicious film debut in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) led to other roles in films such as Eddie and the Cruisers (1983), The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Betrayed (1988), Last Rites (1988), Major League (1989), Shattered (1991), Gettysburg (1993), Sniper (1993), The Substitute (1996), Rough Riders (1997), Inception (2010), Hatfields & McCoys (2012), and many others.