Chris Sarandon

Christopher Sarandon Jr. (/səˈrændən/; 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.

Chris Sarandon
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Sarandon in 2019
Christopher Sarandon Jr.

(1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 77)
Alma materWoodrow Wilson High School
West Virginia University
The Catholic University of America
Years active1965–present
Known forDog Day Afternoon, Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Susan Sarandon
(m. 1967; div. 1979)

Lisa Ann Cooper
(m. 1980; div. 1989)

Joanna Gleason (m. 1994)

Early lifeEdit

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 also of Greek descent.[3]

Sarandon 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..


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 at a convention panel, November 2008

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.

Sarandon in 2012

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.

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

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. In 2016 he performed in the Off-Broadway production of the Dave Malloy musical Preludes as Anton Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Alexander Glazunov, Leo Tolstoy, Tsar Nicholas II, and The Master.

Personal lifeEdit

Sarandon has been married three times: he married actress Susan Sarandon in 1967, the couple first met while attending The Catholic University of America together in Washington, D.C.. The marriage lasted for twelve years; the pair divorced in 1979.[4][5][6] After divorcing from Susan, he married his second wife, fashion model Lisa Ann Cooper, in 1980. The couple had two daughters and one son: Stephanie (born 1982), Alexis (born 1984) and Michael (born 1988).[7] The marriage ended in divorce in 1989 after nine years of marriage.[7] In 1994, he married his third wife, actress and singer Joanna Gleason.[8] 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.[8] They also collaborated in several films together, such as Road Ends, Edie & Pen, Let the Devil Wear Black, and American Perfekt.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Leon Shermer Award nominations:
1976 Lipstick Gordon Stuart
1977 The Sentinel Michael Lerman
1979 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 Award nominations:
1986 Liberty[9] 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
Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy John Lenczowski
Forced March Ben Kline / Miklós Radnóti
1990 The Stranger Within Dan
Whispers Tony
1991 The Resurrected Joseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
Award nominations:
  • Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
1993 Dark Tide Tim
The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington (voice)
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
Road Ends Esteban Maceda
1998 Reaper Luke Sinclair
Little Men Fritz Bhaer
2000 Race Against Time Dr.Anton Stofeles
2001 Perfume Gary Packer
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Kurotowa (voice) Disney English dub
Loggerheads Rev. Robert Austin
2007 The Chosen One Zebulon 'Zeb' Kirk (voice)
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
2013 Curse of Chucky Detective Mike Norris Archive footage
2014 Big Stone Gap Mario Barbari
2015 I Smile Back Roger
Frank The Bastard Pace


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1969–1973 Guiding Light Dr. Tom Halverson
1978 You Can't Go Home Again George Webber TV movie, based on the novel by Thomas Wolfe
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 6 episodes [10]
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 Episodes: "Gov Love", "The Wheel"
2002 The Court Justice Vorhees 3 episodes
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Myka (voice) Episode: "Look Who's Squawking"
Charmed Necromancer, Armand 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

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Kingdom Hearts Jack Skellington English dub
2005 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
2006 Kingdom Hearts II English dub
2013 Disney Infinity
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix English dub
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix English dub
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[11]

Theme parks and live attractionsEdit

Year Theme Park Title Role Ref.
2001 Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday
Disney On Ice Disney On Ice Jack Skellington
Disneyland Frightfully Fun Parade
2009 Disneyland Halloween Screams


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Rothschilds Jacob Rothschilds Broadway
1971 Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus
1977 Marco Polo Sings a Solo Tom Wintermouth Off-Broadway
1978 Broadway Performer Broadway
1979 The Woods Nick Off-Broadway
1980 Censored Scenes From King Kong Benchgelter Broadway
1985 The Voice of the Turtle Bill Page Off-Broadway
1991 Nick & Norma Performer Broadway
2005 The Light in the Piazza Signor Naccarelli
2007 Cyrano de Bergerac Comte de Guiche Broadway Revival
2011 Through a Glass Darkly Performer Off-Broadway
2012 The Exonerated Karry Max Cook Broadway
2015 Preludes Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy, Glazunov, Tsar Nicholas II, The Master Off-Broadway

Music VideosEdit

Year Song Artist Role Ref.
2002 Hands Clean Alanis Morissette Man At Bar

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1975 NYFCC Award Best Supporting Actor Dog Day Afternoon Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male Dog Day Afternoon Nominated
1976 Academy Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Dog Day Afternoon Nominated
1986 Saturn Award Best Actor Fright Night Nominated
1992 Chainsaw Award Best Supporting Actor The Resurrected Nominated


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  2. ^ "Chris Sarandon Biography (1942-)". Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley WV, Alumni Page". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Sager, Jessica (February 16, 2017). "Susan Sarandon had a 'very loving affair' with a gay man". Page Six. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ King, Susan (September 25, 2015). "How Chris Sarandon looks at 'Dog Day Afternoon' 40 years later". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Harding, Laura (February 16, 2017). "Susan Sarandon says her sexuality is 'up for grabs'". Independent. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Chris Sarandon Biography (1942-)".
  8. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (July 9, 1988). "Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon Pluck L.A. Thorn & Bloom July 9". Playbill. Brightspot. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Liberty". Retrieved December 30, 2019 – via
  10. ^ "Chris Sarandon". IMDb. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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