Birth Date: May 31 1949
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For all his intensity and versatility, this sleepy-eyed, thick-lipped leading man has managed continues to deliver first-rate performances year after year. The former journalism student took up acting in his early 20s and did considerable stage work (as well as a stint on "One Life to Live") before making his movie debut as one of Diane Keaton's pickups in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). His feature-film assignments over the next few years were varied: a Hungarian stud in In Praise of Older Women (1978), the young Butch in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979), Billy Fallon in the TV movie Flesh and Blood (1979), a mercenary in The Dogs of War (1980), an engineer in Beyond the Door (1982), and one of the members of Eddie and the Cruisers (1983).
Also in 1983, Berenger turned heads as the self-doubting TV star in The Big Chill although it took another three years for him to get a similar showcase role, as the tough but hateful sergeant in Platoon (1986, an Oscar-nominated performance). Berenger has also impersonated a singing cowboy in the spoof Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), a cop who falls for his charge in Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), the beleaguered mountain guide in Shoot to Kill, a Klansman in Betrayed (both 1988), a cynical baseball player in Major League (1989 and 1994's Major League II a comically deadpan detective in Love at Large, a land speculator in Ireland in The Field (both 1990), an amnesia victim in Shattered and the half-Indian who returns to his roots in At Play in the Fields of the Lord (both 1991). In 1993 he top-lined Sniper a drama about U.S. assassins in the jungle, costarred in Sliver and Gettysburg, and made a memorable appearance in the closing episodes of "Cheers" as Kirstie Alley's love interest.
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