Chris Sarandon

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Chris Sarandon
Chris Sarandon, Fan Expo Canada 2012 (crop).jpg
Sarandon at the 2012 Fan Expo Canada.
Born Christopher Sarandon, Jr.
(1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 74)
Beckley, West Virginia, United States
Education Woodrow Wilson High School
Alma mater West Virginia University; The Catholic University of America
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Susan Sarandon (1967–1979; divorced)
Lisa Ann Cooper (1980-1989; 3 children; divorced)
Joanna Gleason (1994–present)

Christopher "Chris" Sarandon, Jr. (/səˈrændən/; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor and voice actor who is known best for playing Prince Humperdinck in the movie The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night and Detective Mike Norris in the first entry of the Child's Play series, and for providing the voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon.

Early life[edit]

Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of restaurateurs Christopher "Chris" Sarandon and Cliffie (née Cardullias)[1][2] His father, whose surname was originally "Sarondonethes", was born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Greek ancestry; his mother is of Greek ancestry.[3]

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He earned a degree in performing arts at West Virginia University. He earned his master's degree in theater from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.. While attending CUA, he married classmate Susan Tomalin during 1967. After graduating, they both pursued acting careers, with Susan taking his surname as her professional name and performing with the name Susan Sarandon. They were married until 1979.


After graduation, he toured with numerous improvisational companies and became much involved with regional theatre, making his professional debut in the play The Rose Tattoo during 1965. During 1968, Sarandon relocated to New York City, where he obtained his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson for the series The Guiding Light (1973 – 1974). He appeared in the primetime television movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before obtaining 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 Broadway play The Rothschilds and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well making regular appearances at numerous Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw festivals in the United States and Canada. He also had a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities during 1980) corresponded to his affinity for the classics. He also had roles in the thriller movie Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the movie The Sentinel (1977).

To avoid being typecast in villainous roles, Sarandon accepted various roles of other types during the years to come, portraying the title role of Christ in the made-for-television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a TV-movie version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-featured with Dennis Hopper in the 1983 movie The Osterman Weekend, which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and co-featured with Goldie Hawn in the movie Protocol (1984). These were followed by another mainstream success as the vampire-next-door in the horror movie Fright Night (1985). He starred in the 1986 TV movie Liberty, which addressed the making of New York City's statue of Liberty.

He is best known in the movie industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 movie The Princess Bride, though he also has had supporting parts in other successful movies such as the original Child's Play (1988). During 1992, he played Joseph Curwen/Charles Dexter Ward in The Resurrected. He also provided the voice of Jack Skellington, the main character of Tim Burton's animated Disney movie The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in other productions, including the Disney/Square video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original movie, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for several Disneyland Halloween events and attractions including; Halloween Screams, the Frightfully Fun Parade, and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion, where Jack and his friends take control of a mansion in an attempt to introduce Christmas, much as his character did in the movie.

Sarandon appeared in TV again with a recurring role as Dr. Burke on NBC's long-running medical drama ER.

During 1991 he performed on Broadway in the short-lived musical Nick & Nora (based on the movie The Thin Man) with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall. Sarandon married Gleason during 1994. They have appeared together in a number of movies, including Edie & Pen (1996), American Perfekt (1997) and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). During the 2000s he made guest appearances in several TV series, notably as the Necromancer demon, Armand, in Charmed, and as superior court judge Barry Krumble for six episodes of Judging Amy.

During 2006 playing Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical play The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. Most recently he appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac as Antoine de Guiche, with Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata. He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.



Year Title Role Notes/Awards
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
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Lipstick Gordon Stuart
1977 The Sentinel Michael Lerman
1979 You Can't Go Home Again George Webber
Cuba Juan Pulido
1980 The Day Christ Died Jesus Christ
A Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton
Charles Darnay
1981 Broken Promise Bud Griggs
1983 The Osterman Weekend Joseph Cardone
1984 Protocol Michael Ransome
1985 This Child Is Mine Craig Wilkerson
Fright Night Jerry Dandridge Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1986 Liberty[4] Jacque Marchant
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 Stranger Within Dan
Whispers Tony
1991 The Resurrected Joseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
1993 Dark Tide Tim
The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington
1994 David's Mother Philip
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
1998 Reaper Luke Sinclair
2000 Race Against Time Dr.Anton Stofeles
2001 Perfume Gary Packer
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
2009 Multiple Sarcasms Larry
My Life in the Single Seat: A Documentary Himself
2011 Fright Night "Jay Dee" (cameo appearance)
2012 Safe Mayor Danny Tremello
2015 I Smile Back Roger


Year Title Role Notes
1969–1973 Guiding Light Dr. Tom Halverson
1980 A Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton
Charles Darnay
(TV movie)
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"
"Austin Space"
1999 Felicity Dr. Peter McGrath Episodes: "Todd Mulcahy: Part 1"
"Todd Mulcahy: Part 2"
"The Force"
"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"
"The Wheel"
2002 The Court Justice Vorhees 3 episodes
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Myka Episode: "Look Who's Squawking"
Charmed Necromancer
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"
2016 Orange Is The New Black Kip Carnigan Episode: "We'll always have Baltimore"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Kingdom Hearts Jack Skellington (voice)
2005 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2013 Disney Infinity
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[5]

Theme parks and live attractions[edit]

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "WHEN IT COMES TO FILMS, SARANDON IS JUST PLAIN PICKY". Sacramento Bee. 1985-08-04. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Chris Sarandon Biography (1942-)". 
  3. ^ "Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley WV, Alumni Page". Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ IMDB Liberty (TV movie)
  5. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 

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