Actor Tom Skerritt served on the board of American Rivers from 2003 to 2012 and has been a passionate spokesperson for river conservation.
Skerritt made his movie debut in War Hunt, and is best known for his performances in the hit television series MASH and films such as Steel Magnolias and Top Gun. His performance in the 1992 film A River Runs Through It showcases Montana’s beautiful Blackfoot River, where father and son bond over fly fishing despite their differences. He later narrated Rivers of a Lost Coast, a documentary film about California’s wild salmon and steelhead populations.
In his personal life Skerritt’s passion falls to the outdoors. Skerritt’s love for the water began on the banks of Lake Erie and the Detroit River, with his grandfather’s discussions about the effects of pollution on the then damaged fish population. In September of 2011 Skerritt emceed the ceremony to kick off the removal of the Elwha Dam on Washington’s Elwha River.