The Lord Haden-Guest
| Member of the House of Lords |
8 April 1996 –11 November 1999
|Preceded by||The 4th Baron Haden-Guest|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished under House of Lords Act 1999|
February 5, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
Jamie Lee Curtis (m. 1984)
|Relatives|| Nicholas Guest (brother)|
Anthony Haden-Guest (half-brother)
|Education|| Bard College |
New York University
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948) is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap , and continued with Waiting for Guffman , Best In Show , A Mighty Wind , For Your Consideration , and Mascots .
The cinema of the United States, often metonymously referred to as Hollywood, has had a large effect on the film industry in general since the early 20th century. The dominant style of American cinema is classical Hollywood cinema, which developed from 1917 to 1960 and characterizes most films made there to this day. While Frenchmen Auguste and Louis Lumière are generally credited with the birth of modern cinema, American cinema soon came to be a dominant force in the industry as it emerged. It produces the total largest number of films of any single-language national cinema, with more than 700 English-language films released on average every year. While the national cinemas of the United Kingdom (299), Canada (206), Australia, and New Zealand also produce films in the same language, they are not considered part of the Hollywood system. Hollywood has also been considered a transnational cinema. Classical Hollywood produced multiple language versions of some titles, often in Spanish or French. Contemporary Hollywood offshores production to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
A mockumentary or docucomedy is a type of movie or television show depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary.
This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 American mockumentary film directed and co-written by Rob Reiner. It stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap, and Reiner as Marty Di Bergi, a documentary filmmaker who follows them on their American tour. The film satirizes the behavior and musical pretensions of rock bands and the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries such as Gimme Shelter (1970), The Song Remains the Same (1976), and The Last Waltz (1978). Most of its dialogue was improvised and dozens of hours were filmed.
Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber.Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis.
The hereditary peers form part of the peerage in the United Kingdom. As of 2019 there are 814 hereditary peers. The numbers of peers – of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the UK – whose titles are the highest they hold are: dukes, 24 ; marquesses, 34; earls, 193; viscounts, 112; barons, 444.
Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1950 for the Labour Party politician Leslie Haden-Guest. He had previously represented Southwark North and Islington North in the House of Commons. His third son, the fourth Baron, was a United Nations official for many years.
The House of Lords, also known as the House of Peers, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Membership is granted by appointment or else by heredity or official function. Like the House of Commons, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Officially, the full name of the house is the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
Guest was born in New York City, the son of Peter Haden-Guest, a British United Nations diplomat who later became the 4th Baron Haden-Guest, and his second wife, Jean Pauline Hindes, an American former vice president of casting at CBS.Guest's paternal grandfather, Leslie, Baron Haden-Guest, was a Labour Party politician, who was a convert to Judaism. Guest's paternal grandmother, a descendant of the Dutch Jewish Goldsmid family, was the daughter of Colonel Albert Goldsmid, a British officer who founded the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade and the Maccabaeans. Guest's maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Russia. Both of Guest's parents had become atheists, and Guest had no religious upbringing. Nearly a decade before he was born, his uncle, David Guest, a lecturer and Communist Party member, was killed in the Spanish Civil War, fighting in the International Brigades.
Peter Albert Michael Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest, was a British United Nations diplomat and member of the British House of Lords. A dancer and choreographer who performed as Peter Michael with the Markova-Dolin Ballet, Ballet Divertissement, Ballet Theatre, Ballet Joos, and the Repertory Dance Theatre from 1935 until 1945, Haden-Guest was a United Nations official from 1946 to 1972. He inherited his title in 1987.
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that was tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and The Hague. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. In 24 October 1945, at the end of World War II, the organization was established with the aim of preventing future wars. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN is the successor of the ineffective League of Nations.
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Guest spent parts of his childhood in his father's native United Kingdom. He attended The High School of Music & Art (New York City), studying classical music (clarinet) at the Stockbridge School in Interlaken, Massachusetts. He later took up the mandolin, became interested in country music, and played guitar with Arlo Guthrie, a fellow student at Stockbridge School.Guest later began performing with bluegrass bands until he took up rock and roll.
Stockbridge School was a "progressive" co-educational boarding school for adolescents near the Interlaken section of Stockbridge, Massachusetts and which operated from 1948 to 1976.
A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or "pick". It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five and six course versions also exist. The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.
Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.
Guest studied acting at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1971.
New York University (NYU) is a private research university originally founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in Greenwich Village, New York City. As a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C.
Guest began his career in theatre during the early 1970s with one of his earliest professional performances being the role of Norman in Michael Weller's Moonchildren for the play's American premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in November 1971. Guest continued with the production when it moved to Broadway in 1972. The following year he began making contributions to The National Lampoon Radio Hour for a variety of National Lampoon audio recordings. He both performed comic characters (Flash Bazbo—Space Explorer, Mr. Rogers, music critic Roger de Swans, and sleazy record company rep Ron Fields) and wrote, arranged and performed numerous musical parodies (of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and others). He was featured alongside Chevy Chase and John Belushi in the Off-Broadway revue National Lampoon's Lemmings . Two of his earliest film roles were small parts as uniformed police officers in the 1972 film The Hot Rock and 1974's Death Wish .
Michael Weller is a Brooklyn-based playwright and screen writer. His plays include Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War and Fifty Words. His screenplays include Ragtime, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and Hair, both directed by Miloš Forman.
Moonchildren is a play by Brooklyn-based playwright Michael Weller. The play chronicles a year in the life of the "moonchildren" referred to in the title: eight college students living communally together in an off-campus attic in the mid-1960s.
Arena Stage is a not-for-profit regional theater based in Southwest, Washington, D.C. It was a pioneer in 1950 of the Regional Theater Movement.
Guest played a small role in the 1977 All In the Family episode "Mike and Gloria Meet", where in a flashback sequence Mike and Gloria recall their first blind date, set up by Michael's college buddy Jim (Guest), who dated Gloria's girlfriend Debbie (Priscilla Lopez).
Guest's biggest role of the first two decades of his career is likely that of Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 Rob Reiner film This Is Spinal Tap . Guest made his first appearance as Tufnel on the 1978 sketch comedy program The TV Show.
Along with Martin Short, Billy Crystal and Harry Shearer, Guest was hired as a one-year only cast member for the 1984–85 season on NBC's Saturday Night Live . Recurring characters on SNL played by Guest include Frankie, of Willie and Frankie (coworkers who recount in detail physically painful situations in which they have found themselves, remarking laconically "I hate when that happens"); Herb Minkman, a shady novelty toymaker with a brother named Al (played by Crystal); Rajeev Vindaloo, an eccentric foreign man in the same vein as Andy Kaufman's Latka character from Taxi ; and Señor Cosa, a Spanish ventriloquist often seen on the recurring spoof of The Joe Franklin Show . He also experimented behind the camera with pre-filmed sketches, notably directing a documentary-style short starring Shearer and Short as synchronized swimmers. In another short film from SNL, Guest and Crystal appear as retired Negro league baseball players, "The Rooster and the King".
He appeared as Count Rugen in The Princess Bride . He had a cameo role as the first customer, a pedestrian, in the 1986 musical remake of The Little Shop of Horrors , that also featured Steve Martin. As a co-writer and director, Guest made the Hollywood satire The Big Picture .
Upon his father succeeding to the family peerage in 1987, he was known as The Hon. Christopher Haden-Guest. This was his official style and name until he inherited the barony in 1996.
The experience of making Spinal Tap directly informed the second phase of his career. Starting in 1996, Guest began writing, directing and acting in his own series of substantially improvised films. Many of them came to be definitive examples of what came to be known as "mockumentaries"—not a term Guest appreciates in describing his unusual approach to exploring the passions that make the characters in his films so interesting. He maintains that his intention is not to mock anyone, but to explore insular, perhaps obscure communities through his method of filmmaking.
His frequent writing partner is Eugene Levy. Together, Levy, Guest and a small band of other actors have formed a loose repertory group, which appear across several films. These include Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Harry Shearer, Jennifer Coolidge, Ed Begley, Jr. and Fred Willard. Guest and Levy write backgrounds for each of the characters and notecards for each specific scene, outlining the plot, and then leave it up to the actors to improvise the dialogue, which is supposed to result in a much more natural conversation than scripted dialogue would. Typically, everyone who appears in these movies receives the same fee and the same portion of profits.
Guest had a guest voice-over role in the animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants as SpongeBob's cousin, Stanley.
Guest appeared as Dr. Stone in A Few Good Men (1992), as Lord Cromer in Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and in the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying .
He is also currently a member of the musical group The Beyman Bros, which he formed with childhood friend David Nichtern and Spinal Tap's current keyboardist C. J. Vanston. Their debut album Memories of Summer as a Child was released on January 20, 2009.
In 2010, the United States Census Bureau paid $2.5 million to have a television commercial directed by Guest shown during television coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.
Guest holds an honorary doctorate from and is a member of the board of trustees for Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He was most recently the writer and producer of the HBO series, Family Tree, a lighthearted story in the style he made famous in Spinal Tap, in which the main character, Tom Chadwick, inherits a box of curios from his great aunt, spurring interest in his ancestry.
On August 11, 2015, Netflix announced that Mascots , a film about the competition for the World Mascot Association championships's Gold Fluffy Award, would debut in 2016.
Guest became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, of Great Saling, in the County of Essex, when his father died in 1996. He succeeded upon the ineligibility of his older half-brother, Anthony Haden-Guest, who was born prior to the marriage of his parents. According to an article in The Guardian , Guest attended the House of Lords regularly until the House of Lords Act 1999 barred most hereditary peers from their seats. In the article Guest remarked:
There's no question that the old system was unfair. I mean, why should you be born to this? But now it's all just sheer cronyism. The Prime Minister can put in whoever he wants and bus them in to vote. The Upper House should be an elected body, it's that simple.
|Ancestors of Christopher Guest|
Guest married actress Jamie Lee Curtis in 1984 at the home of their mutual friend, Rob Reiner. They have two adopted children: Anne (born 1986) and Thomas (born 1996). Because Guest's children are adopted, they cannot inherit the family barony under the terms of the letters patent that created it, though a 2004 Royal Warrant addressing the style of a peer's adopted children states that they can use courtesy titles. The current heir presumptive to the barony is Guest's younger brother, actor Nicholas Guest.
As reported by Louis B. Hobson, "On film, Guest is a hilariously droll comedian. In person he is serious and almost dour." He quotes Guest as saying "People want me to be funny all the time. They think I'm being funny no matter what I say or do and that's not the case. I rarely joke unless I'm in front of a camera. It's not what I am in real life. It's what I do for a living."
Guest was played by Seth Green in the film A Futile and Stupid Gesture.
|1972||The Hot Rock||Yes||No||No||No||Policeman|
|1973||National Lampoon Lemmings||Yes||Yes||No||No||Musical arranger|
|1974||Death Wish||Yes||No||No||No||Patrolman Jackson Reilly|
|1975||The Fortune||Yes||No||No||No||Boy Lover|
|Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle||Yes||No||No||No||Chief M'Bulu / Short /|
|1979||The Last Word||Yes||No||No||No||Roger|
|1980||The Long Riders||Yes||No||No||No||Charley Ford|
|The Missing Link||Yes||No||No||No||No Lobes||English version; voice|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Yes||Yes||No||No||Nigel Tufnel||Composer, musician|
|1985||Martin Short: Concert for the|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Yes||No||No||No||The First Customer|
|The Princess Bride||Yes||No||No||No||Count Tyrone Rugen,|
the six-fingered man
|1989||The Big Picture||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|1992||A Few Good Men||Yes||No||No||No||Dr. Stone|
|1994||The Return of Spinal Tap||Yes||No||No||No||Nigel Tufnel|
|1996||Waiting for Guffman||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Corky St. Clair|
|Small Soldiers||Yes||No||No||No||Slamfist / Scratch-It||Voices|
|2000||Best in Show||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Harlan Pepper|
|2003||A Mighty Wind||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Alan Barrows|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Yes||No||No||No||Lord Cromer|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Jay Berman|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Yes||No||No||No||Ivan the Terrible|
|The Invention of Lying||Yes||No||No||No||Nathan Goldfrappe|
|2012||Her Master's Voice||No||No||No||Yes|
|2016||Mascots||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Corky St. Clair||Netflix film|
|1975||Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell||No||Yes||No||No||Variety series|
|The Lily Tomlin Special||No||Yes||No||No||TV special|
|1976||The Billion Dollar Bubble||Yes||No||No||No||Al Green||TV film|
|TVTV Looks at the Oscars||No||Yes||No||No||TV Special|
|TVTV: Super Bowl||No||Yes||No||No||TV Special|
|The TVTV Show||Yes||Yes||No||No||Various||TV Special|
|1977||It Happened One Christmas||Yes||No||No||No||Harry Bailey||TV film|
|The Andros Targets||Yes||No||No||No||Gordon Hamilton||Episode: "A Currency for Murder"|
|All in the Family||Yes||No||No||No||Jim||Episode: "Mike and Gloria Meet"|
|1978||Laverne & Shirley||Yes||No||No||No||Greg Harris||Episode: "Bus Stop"|
|Peeping Times||No||Yes||No||No||Television special|
|1979||Blind Ambition||Yes||No||No||No||Jeb Stuart Magruder||Miniseries|
|The Chevy Chase National Humor Test||Yes||Yes||No||No||Various||Television special|
|1980||Haywire||Yes||No||No||No||The T.V. Director||Television film|
|1982||Million Dollar Infield||Yes||No||No||No||Bucky Frische||Television film|
|A Piano for Mrs. Cimino||Yes||No||No||No||Philip Ryan||Television film|
|St. Elsewhere||Yes||No||No||No||H.J. Cummings||2 episodes|
|1984–85||Saturday Night Live||Yes||Yes||No||No||Various||19 episodes|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||No||Yes||No||No||Episode: "Johnny Appleseed"|
|1989||Trying Times||No||No||Yes||No||Episode: "The Sad Professor"|
|Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to|
|Yes||No||No||No||The Voice||Stand-up special|
|I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood||Yes||No||No||No||Antoninus DiMentabella|
|1991||Morton & Hayes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||El Supremo / Crooner /|
Dr. Von Astor
composed theme music
|Amnesty International's Big 3-0||Yes||No||No||No||Nigel Tufnel||Television special|
|1992||The Simpsons||Yes||No||No||No||Nigel Tufnel||Episode: "The Otto Show"|
|1993||Animaniacs||Yes||No||No||No||Umlatt||Episode: "King Yakko"|
|Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman||No||No||Yes||No||Television film; composer|
|1999||Dilbert||Yes||No||No||No||The Dupey||Episode: "The Dupey"|
|2003||MADtv||Yes||No||No||No||Nigel Tufnel||Episode: season 8, episode 21|
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants||Yes||No||No||No||Stanley S. SquarePants||Episode: "Banned in Bikini Bottom /|
Stanley S. SquarePants"
|2009||Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place||Yes||No||No||No||Nigel Tufnel||3 episodes|
|2012||84th Academy Awards||Yes||No||Yes||No||Focus Group Member||Directed focus group segment|
|2013||Family Tree||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Dave Chadwick /|
|8 episodes; also co-creator|
composed credits theme
|Actor|| This Is Spinal Tap |
| The Big Picture |
| Waiting for Guffman |
| Almost Heroes |
| Best in Show |
| A Mighty Wind |
| For Your Consideration |
| Family Tree |
| Mascots |
|Ed Begley, Jr.|
|John Michael Higgins|
|1976||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Ann Elder|
Shared with Earl Pomerantz, Jim Rusk, Lily Tomlin, Rod Warren, George Yanok
|The Lily Tomlin Special||Won|
|1995||International Fantasy Film Award||Best Film||Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993 film)||Nominated|
|1998||Independent Spirit Award||Best Male Lead||Waiting for Guffman||Nominated|
Shared with Eugene Levy
|Lone Star Film & Television Award||Best Director||Won|
|2001||DVD Exclusive Award||Best DVD Audio Commentary||This Is Spinal Tap||Won|
|American Comedy Award||Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Best in Show||Nominated|
|Golden Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Director||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Award||Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen|
Shared with Eugene Levy
|2003||Seattle Film Critics Award||Best Music|
Shared with John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey C. J. Vanston
|A Mighty Wind||Won|
|2004||Grammy Award||Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media|
Shared with Eugene Levy, Michael McKean
|A Mighty Wind||Won|
Harry Julius Shearer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, radio host, director and producer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night.
Michael McKean is an American actor, comedian, and musician, known for a variety of roles played since the 1970s.
Frederick Charles Willard is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He is known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap, the Christopher Guest mockumentary films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots, and the Anchorman films. He is an alumnus of The Second City. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2010, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearances on Modern Family. He was also nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his role as host of What's Hot, What's Not.
Break Like the Wind is a 1992 album by the semi-fictional band Spinal Tap. The songs include a range of genres, from the glam metal anthem "Bitch School" down to the skiffle satire of "All the Way Home". The title, and the album's title track, is a double entendre that combines and confuses the idiom "make like the wind" with "break wind", a euphemism for flatulence.
Spinal Tap is a parody band spoofing the style of heavy metal groups. The band first appeared on a 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song "Rock and Roll Nightmare", was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter/performer Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The band members are portrayed by Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer.
This Is Spinal Tap was the soundtrack to the film This Is Spinal Tap, released in 1984. It was re-released in 2000 with lyrics and two versions of "Christmas with the Devil" as bonus tracks. The cover art is identical to that of the fictional album Smell the Glove featured in the film.
For Your Consideration is a 2006 comedy film directed by Christopher Guest. It was co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy, and both also star in the film. The film's title is a phrase used in trade advertisements to promote films for honors such as the Academy Awards. The plot revolves around a group of three actors who learn that their performances in the fictional film they have not even completed yet, Home for Purim, a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are supposedly generating a great deal of award-season buzz.
Derek Albion Smalls is a fictional character played by Harry Shearer in the spoof rockumentary This is Spinal Tap. He is the bassist for mock British heavy metal group Spinal Tap, playing alongside guitarists Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins, as well as with a plethora of drummers and keyboardists.
"The Otto Show" is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons' third season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 23, 1992. In the episode, Bart decides that he wants to become a rock star after attending a Spinal Tap concert, so Homer and Marge buy him a guitar. He shows the guitar to Otto the bus driver, who plays it and consequently makes the children late for school. Racing to Springfield Elementary, Otto crashes the school bus and is suspended until he can get his license back. Bart, who respects Otto, invites him to move in with the Simpson family.
David Ivor St. Hubbins is a fictional character in the mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap (1984). In the film, he is the lead singer and co-lead guitarist of the mock rock band Spinal Tap. David is played by actor Michael McKean, who improvised the role through the whole film. McKean writes in his introduction to This Is Spinal Tap: The Official Guide, "When I am called upon to generate copy about the mostly fictional entity called Spinal Tap, I usually do so in the mostly fictional character of David St. Hubbins..."
Nigel Tufnel is a fictional character in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. In the film, he is the lead guitarist of the rock band Spinal Tap. He was played by actor Christopher Guest.
Smell the Glove is the name of a fictional album by the mock heavy-metal band Spın̈al Tap featured in the 1984 film This Is Spın̈al Tap. It was released by Polymer Records.
Nicholas Haden-Guest is an American actor who has appeared in various movie and television roles, including that of Headmaster Patrick James Elliot in the teen sitcom USA High. Since 2000, he has primarily worked as a voice actor.
Leslie Haden Guest, 1st Baron Haden-Guest, was a British author, journalist, doctor and Labour Party politician.
Back from the Dead is the third studio album by Spinal Tap, though it is the fourteenth when including their fictional albums. Released on June 16, 2009, it is the first release under the Spinal Tap name since 1992's Break Like the Wind.
Robert Leighton is a British film and television editor with more than 30 feature film credits since 1980. He has edited nearly all of the films by film director Rob Reiner, commencing with This Is Spinal Tap in 1984. He has also edited three films with Christopher Guest. His work includes hit comedies and mockumentaries such as This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and When Harry Met Sally... as well as classic dramas such as Stand by Me and the Stephen King thriller, Misery, which garnered actress Kathy Bates a "Best Actress" Oscar. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the feature film, A Few Good Men (1992).
| "Weekend Update" anchor|
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Haden-Guest |
Hon. Nicholas Haden-Guest