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Christopher Sarandon Jr.
July 24, 1942
|Alma mater|| Woodrow Wilson High School |
West Virginia University
The Catholic University of America
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Dog Day Afternoon , Fright Night , The Princess Bride , Child's Play , The Nightmare Before Christmas|
(m. 1967;div. 1979)
Lisa Ann Cooper
(m. 1980;div. 1989)
Joanna Gleason (m. 1994)
Christopher Sarandon Jr. ( // ; 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 .
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.
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 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".
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 descent.
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 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 (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., 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
The Rothschilds is a musical with a book by Sherman Yellen, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.
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.
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 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.
Sarandon has been married three times; he married actress Susan Sarandon in 1967, the married lasted for twelve years when they divorced in 1979.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). The marriage ended in a divorce in 1989 after nine years of marriage. 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. 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||Award nominations: |
|1977||The Sentinel||Michael Lerman|
|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||Award nominations:|
|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)||Disney English dub|
|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|
|Frank The Bastard||Pace|
|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|
|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: |
|1999–2000||Stark Raving Mad||Caesar Radford||Episodes: |
|2000–2002||ER||Dr. Burke||Episodes: |
|2002–2004||Law & Order||Howard Pincham||Episodes: |
|2002||The Court||Justice Vorhees||3 episodes|
|2003||The Wild Thornberrys||Myka (voice)||Episodes: |
|2004||Cold Case||Adam Clarke||Episodes: |
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Weasly Masoner||Episodes: |
|2010||Psych||Ashton Bonaventure||Episodes: |
|The Good Wife||Judge Howard Matchick||Episodes: |
|2016||Orange Is The New Black||Kip Carnigan||Episodes: |
|2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Dracula (voice)||3 episodes|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Jack Skellington||English dub|
|2005||The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II||English dub|
|Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix||English dub|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix||English dub|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|Disney On Ice||Disney On Ice||Jack Skellington|
|Disneyland||Frightfully Fun Parade|
|Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland||Haunted Mansion Holiday|
|2002||Hands Clean||Alanis Morissette||Man At Bar|
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.
Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards. Known for her social and political activism, she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
John Herbert Gleason, known as Jackie Gleason, was an American comedian, actor, writer, composer and conductor. Developing a style and characters from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, exemplified by his bus driver Ralph Kramden character in the television series The Honeymooners. He also developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s through 1970. After originating in New York City, filming moved to Miami Beach, Florida, in 1964 after Gleason took up permanent residence there.
Arthur William Matthew Carney was an American actor in film, stage, television and radio. He is best known for playing Ed Norton opposite Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden in the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners, and for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Paul Mazursky's Harry and Tonto (1974).
Thomas Edward Hulce is an American actor, singer, and theater producer. He is best known for his role as Larry "Pinto" Kroger in Animal House (1978), his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus (1984), and his role as Quasimodo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). Additional acting awards included four Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. He retired from acting in the mid-1990s to focus on stage directing and producing. In 2007, he won a Tony Award as a lead producer of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy Halloween-Christmas film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of "Halloween Town" who stumbles through a portal to "Christmas Town" and decides to celebrate the holiday. Danny Elfman wrote the songs and score, and provided the singing voice of Jack. The principal voice cast also includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory.
Paul Xavier Gleason was an American film and television actor, known for his roles on television series such as All My Children and films such as The Breakfast Club, Trading Places, and Die Hard.
Joanna Gleason is a Canadian actress and singer. She is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actress and has also had a number of notable film and TV roles.
Dean Carroll Jones was an American actor best known for his roles as Agent Zeke Kelso in That Darn Cat! (1965), Jim Douglas in The Love Bug (1968) and Dr. Herman Varnick in Beethoven (1992). He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Albert Dooley in The Million Dollar Duck (1971).
Jack Skellington is a character and the main protagonist of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the "Pumpkin King" of Halloween Town, a fantasy world based solely on the Halloween holiday. Jack is voiced by Chris Sarandon. Danny Elfman provided Jack's singing voice in the original film and soundtrack album, with Sarandon providing Jack's singing voice in subsequent productions.
Bernard Whalen "Bert" Convy was an American actor, singer, game show host and panelist known for hosting Tattletales, Super Password and Win, Lose or Draw.
Jack Gilford was an American Broadway, film and television actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Save the Tiger (1973).
Haunted Mansion Holiday, is a seasonal overlay of the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland that blends the settings and characters of the original Haunted Mansion with those of Tim Burton's 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Taking inspiration from "The Night Before Christmas", the attraction retells the story of Jack Skellington visiting the Haunted Mansion on Christmas Eve, leaving holiday chaos in his wake.
Chris Diamantopoulos is a Canadian actor, voice actor, and comedian. His acting roles include Russ Hanneman in the HBO series Silicon Valley, Moe Howard in the 2012 film The Three Stooges, and the voice of Mickey Mouse in the eponymous television series.
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Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based, modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. The picture features John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Raúl Juliá and Molly Ringwald in her feature film debut.
HalloWishes was a fireworks show that took place during "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park. The show is loosely based on the popular Haunted Mansion attraction and includes vocal appearances by Disney Villains. The show was replaced by Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular!.
Halloween Screams: A Villainous Surprise in the Skies is a Halloween-themed fireworks show that is presented at Disneyland during the seasonal Mickey's Halloween Party event. Based on the similarly-themed, former fireworks show HalloWishes at Magic Kingdom, Halloween Screams is hosted by Jack Skellington and features appearances from Disney Villains and music from Disney animated features.
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