Chris Sarandon Biography

Birthday: 1942-07-24
Place of Birth: Beckley, West Virginia USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: The handsome, versatile, worldly-looking Chris Sarandon has played everything from vampires to Jesus Christ in magnetic performances that have not only been controversial but hard to miss. The son of a Greek immigrant and restaurateur, he was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, where, as a teen, he appeared on the musical stage and played drums and sang back-up with a local band called The Teen Tones. Graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1960, his band was so good they found themselves touring and backing up such music legends as Bobby Darin, Gene Vincent and Danny and the Juniors. Chris attended West Virginia University majoring in speech, and appeared in such musical productions as "The Music Man" as Harold Hill. He went on to attend the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his master's degree in theater and met first wife Susan Sarandon. Touring with improv companies and in regional theater productions, he made his professional debut in "The Rose Tattoo" in 1965 and later joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company for a season. Moving to New York in 1968, the dark and handsome charmer immediately nabbed the role of Dr. Tom Halverson on "Guiding Light" (1952), a part that would last two years. Throughout the 1970s he would be rewarded with rich theater acting roles. On Broadway he appeared in "The Rothchilds" and replaced Raul Julia in "Two Gentlemen from Verona" while appearing elsewhere in various Shakespeare and Shaw festivals both here and in Canada. He made an auspicious film debut in the huge, career-risking part of Al Pacino's tormented, gender-confused lover in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his superior work. He took other sordid turns too, this time in co-leads, opposite the late Margaux Hemingway in the poorly done exploitative thriller Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the shocker The Sentinel (1977). To avoid being typed as creepy characters, Chris extended himself brilliantly in the years to come, portraying the title role in The Day Christ Died (1980) (TV), a critically heralded TV-movie. He received high marks also for his Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (1980) (TV) and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in the more mainstream Protocol (1984). In the 1980s Chris would endear himself to a younger generation of filmgoers as the undeniably sexy, hypnotic vampire-next-door in the teen horror classic Fright Night (1985), the cruel, evil-plotting prince in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987) and as the investigating cop in Child's Play (1988), the first in the "Chucky" series about a murdering doll. In recent years Chris has continued steadily on stage, film and TV but at a lesser pace and in less flashy, high-profiled roles. Divorced from Susan Sarandon in 1979, he was married and divorced from model Lisa Ann Cooper during the 1980s. In 1991 he co-starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical "Nick and Nora" with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall ("Let's Make a Deal" (1963)). They married in 1994 and reunited on stage in "Thorn & Bloom" in 1998. They have also appeared together in a number of films, including American Perfekt (1997), Edie & Pen (1996) and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999).

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dog Day Afternoon Leon Shermer 1975 Crime, Drama
Lipstick Gordon Stuart 1976 0
The Osterman Weekend 1983 Action, Crime, Drama
Protocol Michael 1984
Fright Night 1985 Reality Tv, Game Show
Fright Night Jerry Dandrige 1985 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
The Princess Bride Prince Humperdinck 1987 0, Biography, 0, 0
Child's Play Mike Norris 1988 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Slaves of New York 1989 0
Forced March Ben Kline / Miklos Radnoti 1989 Drama
The Stranger Within 1990 Thriller
Whispers Tony 1990 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington 1993 0, Drama, 0, Sport
Dark Tide Tim 1994 Thriller
Terminal Justice Reginald Matthews 1996 Action, Thriller
Edie & Pen Max 1996 Comedy
Bordello of Blood 1996 Horror, Comedy
American Perfekt 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Road Ends Esteban Maceda 1997 Thriller
Little Men Fritz Bhaer 1998 Drama
Reaper Luke Sinclair 2000 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Let the Devil Wear Black 2000 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Loggerheads 2007 Drama
The Chosen One 2008
Temptress Matt Christianson 2010 Thriller
East of Acadia Tristan Pace 2013 Thriller
The Ten O'Clock People Lester 2014 Horror, Thriller