May. 31st, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Berenger was born to an Irish Catholic family in Chicago as Thomas Michael Moore. His father was a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times and traveling salesman. Berenger has a sister, Susan.
Moore selected "Berenger" as his professional name after a school friend after he was forced to change his surname professionally as there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association. He graduated in 1967 from Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois.
He studied journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri but decided to seek an acting career following his graduation. He established the Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund in 1988 to award theatre students for excellence in performance. He worked first in regional theatre and then moved to New York City in the 1970s
- Graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism.
- Lives in Beaufort, South Carolina when not working on films.
- Was considered for the role of Jack Tripper on _"Three's Company" (1977)_ (qv).
- Considers _Flesh & Blood (1979) (TV)_ (qv) as one of his best films.
- He claims that he had a few very bad years, from 1979 to 1981. The roles stopped coming, and he says, "I was just scraping by financially, and emotionally I was getting really defeated. I got to the point where I could hardly go on auditions anymore.".
- Is a a major world history buff.
- Earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to on-screen nudity -- for eligible scenes in _In Praise of Older Women (1978)_ (qv) and _At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)_ (qv).".
- Lived in Puerto Rico for several months in his 20s.