Tom Berenger (born Thomas Michael Moore; May 31, 1949) is an Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated American television and motion picture actor. Berenger was born as Thomas Michael Moore in Chicago, to an Irish Catholic family. Berenger's father was a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Berenger has a sister, Susan. He picked 'Berenger' as his professional name, after a school friend, because there was already a 'Tom Moore' in the Actors' Equity Association. He graduated from Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, in 1967. Berenger studied journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, but decided to seek an acting career following his graduation. The Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 by Tom Berenger to award Theatre students for excellence in performance. He worked first in regional theatre and moved to New York City in the 1970s. Berenger worked in soap operas and had a starring role as lawyer Tim Siegel on One Life to Live.
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