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Christopher Sarandon Jr. (//; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor. He is known best for playing Prince Humperdinck in the movie The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night, Detective Mike Norris in Child's Play (1988), and for providing the speaking 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.
Sarandon at the 2017 Florida SuperCon
Christopher Sarandon Jr.|
July 24, 1942
Beckley, West Virginia, US
Woodrow Wilson High School|
West Virginia University
The Catholic University of America
(m. 1967; div. 1979)
Lisa Ann Cooper
(m. 1980; div. 1989)
Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of restaurateurs Christopher "Chris" Sarandon and Cliffie (née Cardullias). His father, whose surname was originally "Sarondonethes", was born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Greek ancestry; his mother is also of Greek ancestry.
He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He earned a degree in speech 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 in 1967. After graduating, they both pursued acting careers, with Tomalin 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. In 1968, Sarandon moved 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 transgender 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 in 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-starred with Dennis Hopper in the 1983 movie The Osterman Weekend, which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and co-starred 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 film 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). In 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.
In 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 in 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.
In 2006 he played 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.
Sarandon has been married three times; he was first married to actress Susan Sarandon from 1967 to 1979. After his divorce from Susan, he married Lisa Ann Cooper in 1980; together the couple had two daughters and one son, Stephanie, Alexis and Michael. The marriage ended in a divorce in 1989 after nine years of marriage. In 1994, he married actress and singer Joanna Gleason. The couple met while performing in Broadway's short-lived 1991 musical Nick & Nora, they returned to the stage together in 1998's Thorn and Bloom. They also collaborated in several films together, such as Road Ends, Edie & Pen, Let the Devil Wear Black, and American Perfekt.
|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
|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|
|Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy||John Lenczowski|
|1990||The Stranger Within||Dan|
|1991||The Resurrected||Joseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
|The Nightmare Before Christmas||Jack Skellington (voice)|
|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|
|Road Ends||Esteban Maceda|
|Little Men||Fritz Bhaer|
|2000||Race Against Time||Dr.Anton Stofeles|
|2005||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Kurotowa (voice)||English dub by Walt Disney Pictures; originally released in Japanese in 1984|
|Loggerheads||Rev. Robert Austin|
|2007||The Chosen One||Zebulon 'Zeb' Kirk (voice)|
|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|
|2013||Curse of Chucky||Detective Mike Norris||Archive footage|
|2014||Big Stone Gap||Mario Barbari|
|2015||I Smile Back||Roger|
|1969–1973||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"
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Caesar Radford||Episodes: "Fish Out of Water" |
"The Big Finish"
|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 (voice)||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"|
|2016||Orange Is The New Black||Kip Carnigan||Episode: "We'll always have Baltimore"|
|2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Dracula (voice)||3 episodes|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Jack Skellington|
|2005||The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II|
|2013||Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
Theme parks and live attractionsEdit
- Haunted Mansion Holiday – Jack Skellington
- Halloween Screams – Jack Skellington
- Frightfully Fun Parade – Jack Skellington
- Disney on Ice – Jack Skellington
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- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.