Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins


Tom Atkins was born on Nov 13, 1935 in USA. Tom Atkins's big-screen debut came with The Detective directed by Gordon Douglas in 1968, strarring Harmon. Tom Atkins is known for The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads directed by Stuart Margolin, James Garner stars as Jim Rockford and Rita Moreno as Rita Capkovic Landale. Tom Atkins has got 2 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Tom Atkins achieved is Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. The upcoming new movie Tom Atkins plays is Encounter which will be released on Oct 01, 2019.

Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic La chose d'un autre monde (1951) made an especially strong impression on him as a kid. Tom attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity. Atkins made his film debut as a rookie police officer in the Frank Sinatra private eye-outing Le Détective (1968); it was the first of many police officer roles he has played throughout the years. Tom appeared in two films for director John Carpenter: he is very likable as Nick Castle in the spooky ghost film Fog (1980) and solid as Rehme in the fantastic futuristic sci-fi/action cult film New-York 1997 (1981). Atkins had a nice small role as a disapproving and overbearing father in the wrap-around segments of the immensely enjoyable fright feature anthology Creepshow (1982). He made for a touchingly flawed hero as Dr. Daniel Challis in the unjustly maligned Halloween 3: Le sang du sorcier (1982).Tom gave a smack dead-on-the-money terrific performance as weary, cynical and suicidal Detective Ray Cameron in the delightful Extra sangsues (1986) (this movie is Tom's personal favorite among all the horror films he has acted in). He was once again excellent as the similarly burnt-out Lt. Frank McCrae in the fine Maniac Cop (1988) and impressive as the guilt-ridden heroin smuggler Michael Hunsaker in the exciting blockbuster L'Arme fatale (1987). Atkins had a recurring part as Lt. Alex Diehl on the television series Deux cent dollars plus les frais (1974); he reprised this character in several spin-off made-for-TV movies. Among the television series Tom has done guest spots on are Oz (1997), Xena, la guerrière (1995), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Equalizer (1985), Spenser (1985), L'homme qui tombe à pic (1981), Lou Grant (1977), Baretta (1975) and M.A.S.H. (1972). Outside of his film and television work, Atkins has had a long and distinguished stage career. He has acted on Broadway in the plays "The Changing Room" (Tom won a 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer), "Keep It in the Family" and "The Unknown Soldier and His Wife". His off-Broadway credits include "Vikings", "Long Days Journey Into Night", "Whistle in the Dark" and "Nobody Hears a Broken Drum". Tom frequently acts in plays held at the Pittsburgh Public Theater; he has garnered plenty of accolades for his outstanding portrayal of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney in the acclaimed one-man show "The Chief". Tom Atkins resides in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

  • Birthday

    Nov 13, 1935
  • Place of Birth

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Known For


2 wins & 1 nominations

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
Winner - Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame
Louisville Fright Night Film Fest
Winner - Horror Icon of the Year

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