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Christopher Sarandon Jr.

(1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 77)
Alma mater Woodrow Wilson High School
West Virginia University
The Catholic University of America
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1965–present
Known for Dog 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)

Christopher Sarandon Jr. ( /səˈrændən/ ; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor and voice 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 .

<i>The Princess Bride</i> (film) 1987 film by Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film essentially preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson.

Vampire Mythological or folkloric creature

A vampire is a creature from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence of the living. In European folklore, vampires are undead creatures that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighborhoods they inhabited while they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century.

Jerry Dandrige

Jerry Dandrige is a fictional character from the Fright Night, a vampire who first appears in the 1985 film Fright Night portrayed by Chris Sarandon, which was later spun-off into a comic book series that used Sarandon's likeness. Dandrige, portrayed by Colin Farrell, also appears in the 2011 remake, in both of which he is the main antagonist. The original screenplay and film credits spell his last name "Dandrige", but some secondary sources, including the makers of the tie-in comics, use the spelling, "Dandridge".


Early life

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]

Beckley, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Beckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was founded on April 4, 1838. Beckley was named in honor of John James Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. It was founded by his son, Alfred Beckley, who was from the District of Columbia.

Ottoman Greeks ethnic Greeks, who lived in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Greeks were ethnic Greeks who lived in the Ottoman Empire (1299–1923), the Republic of Turkey's predecessor. Ottoman Greeks, who were Greek Orthodox Christians, belonged to the Rum Millet. They were concentrated in what is today modern Greece, eastern Thrace, western Asia Minor, central Anatolia, and northeastern Anatolia. There were also sizeable Greek communities elsewhere in the Ottoman Balkans, Ottoman Armenia, and the Ottoman Caucasus, including in what, between 1878 and 1917, made up the Russian Caucasus province of Kars Oblast, in which Pontic Greeks, northeastern Anatolian Greeks, and Caucasus Greeks who had collaborated with the Russian Imperial Army in the Russo-Turkish War of 1828–1829 were settled in over 70 villages, as part of official Russian policy to re-populate with Orthodox Christians an area that was traditionally made up of Ottoman Muslims and Armenians.

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.. 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, Susan Sarandon. They were divorced in 1979.

Woodrow Wilson High School is a secondary school located in Beckley, West Virginia, (USA), teaching grades nine through twelve. It is one of four secondary schools in the Raleigh County School District. In 1967, it moved from its original location to its current location at 400 Stanaford Road.

West Virginia University public university in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

West Virginia University (WVU) is a public, land-grant, space-grant, research-intensive university. Its main campus in Morgantown, West Virginia consists of three adjacent sub-campuses. Its other campuses are those of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, and a second clinical campus for the University's medical and dental schools at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. WVU Extension Service provides outreach with offices in all of West Virginia's 55 counties. WVU is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington; D.C.; or the district, is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.


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.

<i>The Rose Tattoo</i> play by Tennessee Williams

The Rose Tattoo is a Tennessee Williams play. It opened on Broadway in February 1951, and the film adaptation was released in 1955. It tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Mississippi who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband's death, and expects her daughter to do the same.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually referred to as either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

<i>Thursdays Game</i> 1974 television film directed by Robert Moore

Thursday's Game is a 1974 American made-for-television comedy film starring Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart, written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore. Though filmed in 1971, it was originally broadcast April 14, 1974 on ABC.

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).

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Broadway, together with the West End, represent the highest commercial level of live theater in the English-speaking world.

<i>The Rothschilds</i> (musical) musical

The Rothschilds is a musical with a book by Sherman Yellen, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.

<i>The Two Gentlemen of Verona</i> play by William Shakespeare

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1589 and 1593. It is considered by some to be Shakespeare's first play, and is often seen as showing his first tentative steps in laying out some of the themes and motifs with which he would later deal in more detail; for example, it is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behaviour of people in love. The highlight of the play is considered by some to be Launce, the clownish servant of Proteus, and his dog Crab, to whom "the most scene-stealing non-speaking role in the canon" has been attributed.

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.

In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for them to find work playing other characters.

<i>The Day Christ Died</i> 1980 film directed by James Cellan Jones

The Day Christ Died is a 1980 American TV movie directed by James Cellan Jones. The collaborative production by 20th Century Fox and CBS-TV dramatizes the last 24 hours of Jesus Christ's life and is based on Jim Bishop's 1957 book of the same name. Bishop, who did not accept the script adaptation, had his name removed from the credits, called the film "cheap revisionist history", and even tried unsuccessfully to change the film's title. The Day Christ Died was filmed in Tunisia, at a cost of USD$2.8 million. It was broadcast by CBS-TV on Wednesday, March 26, 1980.

Sydney Carton fictional character in the 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Sydney Carton is a central character in Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities. He is a shrewd young Englishman educated at Shrewsbury School, and sometime junior to his fellow barrister Stryver. Carton is portrayed as a brilliant but depressed and cynical drunkard who is full of self-loathing because of what he sees as his wasted life. He feels a deep unrequited love for Lucie Manette, who nevertheless inspires him to try to be a better person. Near the end of the novel, Carton manages to change places with her husband Charles Darnay hours before Darnay's scheduled execution in France, giving his life for Lucie's sake. Later, Lucie and Charles name their first son after Carton.

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 life

Sarandon has been married three times; he married actress Susan Sarandon in 1967, the married lasted for twelve years when they divorced in 1979. [4] [5] [6] After divorcing from Susan, he married his second wife, fashion model Lisa Ann Cooper in 1980; together the couple had two daughters and one son, Stephanie (born 1982), Alexis (born 1984) and Michael (born 1988). [7] The marriage ended in a divorce in 1989 after nine years of marriage. [8] In 1994, he married his third wife, 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. [9] 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 ShermerAward 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
1985This Child Is MineCraig Wilkerson
Fright Night Jerry Dandridge Award nominations:
1986Liberty [10] Jacque Marchant
1987 The Princess Bride Prince Humperdinck
Mayflower Madam Matt Whittington
1988 Child's Play Detective Mike Norris
Goodbye, Miss Fourth Of JulyGeorge 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
Whispers Tony
1991 The Resurrected Joseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
1993 Dark Tide Tim
The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington (voice)
1994 David's Mother Philip
1995Terminal JusticeReginald 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
1998ReaperLuke Sinclair
Little Men Fritz Bhaer
2000Race Against TimeDr.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 DocumentaryHimself
2011 Fright Night "Jay Dee"Cameo appearance
2012 Safe Mayor Danny Tremello
2013 Curse of Chucky Detective Mike NorrisArchive footage
2014 Big Stone Gap Mario Barbari
2015 I Smile Back Roger
Frank The BastardPace


1969–1973 Guiding Light Dr. Tom Halverson
1978You Can't Go Home AgainGeorge WebberTV 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 MazurEpisode: "Rivals"
1995 The Outer Limits Dr. PallasEpisode: "Corner of the Eye"
1998 The Practice Dr Jeffrey WinslowEpisodes: "The Trial"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes"
Chicago Hope Dr. Gordon MaysEpisodes: "Austin, We Have a Problem"
"Wag the Doc"
"Austin Space"
1999 Felicity Dr. Peter McGrathEpisodes:
  • "Todd Mulcahy: Part 1"
  • "Todd Mulcahy: Part 2"
  • "Docuventary"
  • "Connections"
  • "The Force"
  • "Felicity Was Here"
1999–2000 Stark Raving Mad Caesar RadfordEpisodes:
  • "Fish Out of Water"
  • "The Big Finish"
2000–2002 ER Dr. BurkeEpisodes:
  • "The Greatest of Gifts"
  • "Piece of Mind"
  • "It's All in Your Head"
2002–2004 Law & Order Howard PinchamEpisodes:
  • "Gov Love"
  • "The Wheel"
2002 The Court Justice Vorhees3 episodes
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Myka (voice)Episodes:
  • "Look Who's Squawking"
Charmed Necromancer
  • "Necromancing the Stone"
2004 Cold Case Adam ClarkeEpisodes:
  • "Volunteers"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Weasly MasonerEpisodes:
  • "Choreographed"
2010 Psych Ashton BonaventureEpisodes:
  • "Think Tank"
The Good Wife Judge Howard MatchickEpisodes:
  • "Taking Control"
2016 Orange Is The New Black Kip CarniganEpisodes:
  • "We'll always have Baltimore"
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dracula (voice)3 episodes

Video games

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 [12]

Theme parks and live attractions

YearTheme ParkTitleRoleRef.
Disney On Ice Disney On Ice Jack Skellington
Disneyland Frightfully Fun Parade
Disneyland Halloween Screams
Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Music Videos

2002 Hands Clean Alanis Morissette Man At Bar

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