Chris Pedersen (actor)

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Chris Pedersen
Christian Joseph Pedersen

(1963-05-22) May 22, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupationmusician, race car driver, actor
Musical career
Genrespunk rock
Years active1981-present

Chris Pedersen (born May 22, 1963) is an American musician, actor, and NASCAR racer.

Pedersen was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California. He was the lead guitarist and wrote original material with the punk rock band The Dumps in Santa Barbara, CA 1980-81. In 1981 he briefly played guitar for the punk rock band SIN 34.[1] But was the lead singer / guitarists in the band The Patriots when he went into acting.

Pedersen was never formally trained as an actor. He was approached by director Penelope Spheeris at a park in Burbank where the band T.S.O.L. was playing. According to Pedersen, who was unemployed at the time, "I was thinking 'yeah, right' and didn't pay any attention to her until she said it paid $100 a day, which at the time was a lot of money. So I showed up for the audition on time and tried really hard not to screw it up. That was the start of my acting career." He played a punk rocker in Suburbia, and also appeared in Platoon, Night of the Comet and Point Break among others.[citation needed]

He began to distance himself from the film industry in the early 1990s, focusing instead on cars and technology. He had a brief racing history competing in weekly NASCAR events at Saugus speedway 1992–1995 and Irwindale Speedway in 2000. He founded and led a self-funded DARPA Grand Challenge team, the "AI Motorvators", whose V8-powered "IT Came From The Garage" finished in the semi-finals in 2004 and 2005; they were featured in an episode of the Discovery Channel show Monster Garage.


Year Title Role
1983 Suburbia Jack Diddley
1984 Night of the Comet Stock Boy
1985 Sylvester Red
1986 Platoon Crawford
1988 Two Moon Junction Speed
1989 Born on the Fourth of July An aid
1989-2001 Baywatch Rudy
1991 Point Break Bunker
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Tommy
1992 Blindsided Stoney
1993 The Hit List Tommy


  1. ^ "The Sin34 Story". Retrieved 20 January 2016.

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