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Sarandon at a convention panel, November 2008
July 24, 1942 |
Beckley, West Virginia
|Education||Woodrow Wilson High School|
|Alma mater||West Virginia University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Sarandon (1967–1979; divorced)
Joanna Gleason (1994–present)
Christopher "Chris" Sarandon Jr. (born July 24, 1942) is an American actor who is best known for playing Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night and Detective Mike Norris in the first entry of the Child's Play series, and providing the speaking voice of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Leon in Dog Day Afternoon.
Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of restaurateurs Cliffie (née Cardullias) and Christopher "Chris" Sarandon, Sr. His mother is of Greek descent, and his father, whose surname was originally "Sarondonethes", was a Greek immigrant.
He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He went on to West Virginia University and earned his degree in performing arts. He earned his master's degree in theater from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.. While attending the university, he fell in love with Susan Tomalin, a classmate whom he married in 1967. After graduating, they both pursued acting careers, with Susan taking his surname as her professional name and performing under the name Susan Sarandon. They would later divorce in 1979.
After graduation, he toured with numerous improv companies and became heavily involved in regional theatre, making his professional debut in The Rose Tattoo in 1965. In 1968, Sarandon moved to New York, where he landed his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light (1969–1973). He appeared in the primetime TV movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before landing the role of Al Pacino's transsexual wife in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a performance which earned him nominations for Best New Male Star of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sarandon appeared in The Rothschilds and The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Broadway, as well making regular appearances at numerous Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw festivals in the United States and Canada. He also appeared in a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities in 1980) mirrored his affinity for the classics. He also took roles in horror films opposite the late Margaux Hemingway in the thriller Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the shocker The Sentinel (1977).
To avoid being type cast as villainous characters, Sarandon took on various roles in the years to come, portraying the title role in the made-for-television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a made for television version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-starred with Dennis Hopper in The Osterman Weekend (1983), which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984). These were followed by another mainstream success as the vampire-next-door in the teen horror film Fright Night (1985).
He is best known in the film industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride, though he also has had supporting parts in some other successful films such as the original Child's Play (1988). In 1992, he played Joseph Curwen/Charles Dexter Ward in The Resurrected. He also provided the voice of Jack Skellington, the main character in Tim Burton's animated Disney film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in many other subsequent productions, including the Disney/Square video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original film, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for Halloween Screams and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, where Jack and his friends take over the Mansion in an attempt to take over Christmas, much as his character did in the film.
In 1991 he performed on Broadway in the short-lived musical Nick & Nora (based on the Thin Man film) with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall. Sarandon married Gleason in 1994. They have appeared together in a number of films, including Edie & Pen (1996), American Perfekt (1997) and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). In the 2000s he made guest appearances in quite a few TV series, notably as the Necromancer demon, Armand, in Charmed, and as superior court judge Barry Krumble in six episodes of Judging Amy.
He returned to Broadway in 2006 playing Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. Most recently he appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac as Antoine de Guiche, alongside Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata. He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
|1975||Dog Day Afternoon||Leon Shermer||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture
|1977||The Sentinel||Michael Lerman|
|1979||You Can't Go Home Again||George Webber|
|1980||The Day Christ Died||Jesus Christ|
|A Tale of Two Cities||Sydney Carton
|1981||Broken Promise||Bud Griggs|
|1983||The Osterman Weekend||Joseph Cardone|
|1985||This Child Is Mine||Craig Wilkerson|
|Fright Night||Jerry Dandridge||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1987||The Princess Bride||Prince Humperdinck|
|Mayflower Madam||Matt Whittington|
|1988||Child's Play||Detective Mike Norris|
|Goodbye, Miss Fourth Of July||George Janus|
|1989||Collision Course||Philip Mandras|
|Slaves of New York||Victor Okrent|
|1990||The Strangers Within||Dan|
|1991||The Resurrected||Joseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
|The Nightmare Before Christmas||Jack Skellington|
|1995||Terminal Justice||Reginald Matthews|
|Just Cause||Lyle Morgan|
|1996||No Greater Love||Sam Horowitz|
|Edie & Pen||Max|
|Bordello of Blood||Rev. J.C, Current|
|1997||American Perfekt||Deputy Sammy|
|Little Men||Fritz Bhaer|
|Road Ends||Esteban Maceda|
|2000||Race Against Time||Dr.Anton Stofeles|
|2005||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Kurotowa (voice)|
|Loggerheads||Rev. Robert Austin|
|2007||The Chosen One||Zebulon 'Zeb' Kirk|
|2008||My Sassy Girl||Dr. Roark|
|My Life in the Single Seat: A Documentary||Himself|
|2011||Fright Night||"Jay Dee"||(cameo appearance)|
|2012||Safe||Mayor Danny Tremello|
|1969–1973||The Guiding Light||Dr. Tom Halverson|
|1980||A Tale of Two Cities||Sydney Carton
|1994||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Martus Mazur||Episode: "Rivals"|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Dr. Pallas||Episode: "Corner of the Eye"|
|1998||The Practice||Dr Jeffrey Winslow||Episodes: "The Trial"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes"
|Chicago Hope||Dr. Gordon Mays||Episodes: "Austin, We Have a Problem"
"Wag the Doc"
|1999||Felicity||Dr. Peter McGrath||Episodes: "Todd Mulcahy: Part 1"
"Todd Mulcahy: Part 2"
"Felicity Was Here"
|2000–2002||ER||Dr. Burke||Episodes: "The Greatest of Gifts"
"Piece of Mind"
"It's All in Your Head"
|2002–2004||Law & Order||Howard Pincham||Episode: "Gov Love"
|2002||The Court||Justice Vorhees||3 episodes|
|2003||The Wild Thornberrys||Myka||Episode: "Look Who's Squawking"|
|Episode: "Necromancing the Stone"|
|2004||Cold Case||Adam Clarke||Episode: "Volunteers"|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Weasly Masoner||Episode: "Choreographed"|
|2010||Psych||Ashton Bonaventure||Episode: "Think Tank"|
|The Good Wife||Judge Howard Matchick||Episode: "Taking Control"|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Jack Skellington (voice)|
|2005||The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II|
|2013||Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix|
- "WHEN IT COMES TO FILMS, SARANDON IS JUST PLAIN PICK". Sacramento Bee. 1985-08-04. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- Chris Sarandon Film Reference biography
- "Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, West Virginia, Alumni Page". Jeff560.tripod.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Chris Sarandon at the Internet Movie Database
- Chris Sarandon at the Internet Broadway Database
- Chris Sarandon at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Chris Sarandon – Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org