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Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon
File:Chris Sarandon, Fan Expo Canada 2012 (crop).jpg
Sarandon at the 2012 Fan Expo Canada
Born Christopher Sarandon Jr.
(1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 77)
Beckley, West Virginia, United States
Education Woodrow Wilson High School
Alma mater West Virginia University; The Catholic University of America
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Susan Sarandon (1967–1979; divorced)
Joanna Gleason (1994–present)

Christopher "Chris" Sarandon, Jr. (/səˈrændən/; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor who is best known for playing Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night and Detective Mike Norris in the first entry of the Child's Play series, and for providing the speaking voice of Jack Skellington from 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.

Early life

Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of restaurateurs Cliffie (née Cardullias) and Christopher "Chris" Sarandon, Sr.[1][2] His mother is of Greek descent, and his father, whose surname was originally "Sarondonethes", was born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Greek descent.[3][4]

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He went on to West Virginia University and earned his degree in performing arts. He earned his master's degree in theater from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.. While attending the university, he fell in love with Susan Tomalin, a classmate whom he married in 1967. After graduating, they both pursued acting careers, with Susan taking his surname as her professional name and performing under the name Susan Sarandon. They would later divorce in 1979.


After graduation, he toured with numerous improv companies and became heavily involved in regional theatre, making his professional debut in The Rose Tattoo in 1965. In 1968, Sarandon moved to New York, where he landed his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light (1973 – 1974). He appeared in the primetime TV movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before landing the role of Al Pacino's transsexual 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 Rothschilds and The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Broadway, as well making regular appearances at numerous Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw festivals in the United States and Canada. He also appeared in a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities in 1980) mirrored his affinity for the classics. He also took roles in horror films opposite the late Margaux Hemingway in the thriller Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the shocker The Sentinel (1977).

To avoid being type cast as villainous characters, Sarandon took on various roles in the years to come, portraying the title role in the made-for-television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a made for television version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-starred with Dennis Hopper in The Osterman Weekend (1983), which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984). These were followed by another mainstream success as the vampire-next-door in the teen horror film Fright Night (1985).

He is best known in the film industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride, though he also has had supporting parts in some other successful films 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 in Tim Burton's animated Disney film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in many other subsequent productions, including the Disney/Square video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original film, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for Halloween Screams and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, where Jack and his friends take over the Mansion in an attempt to take over Christmas, much as his character did in the film.

Sarandon would later find work on television 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 Thin Man film) with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall. Sarandon married Gleason in 1994. They have appeared together in a number of films, including Edie & Pen (1996), American Perfekt (1997) and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). In the 2000s he made guest appearances in quite a few TV series, notably as the Necromancer demon, Armand, in Charmed, and as superior court judge Barry Krumble in six episodes of Judging Amy.

He returned to Broadway in 2006 playing Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. Most recently he appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac as Antoine de Guiche, alongside Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata. He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.



Year Title Role Notes/Awards
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
1976 Lipstick Gordon Stuart
1977 The Sentinel Michael Lerman
1979 You Can't Go Home Again George Webber
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 Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1986 Liberty Jaques Merchant
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
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
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
Little Men Fritz Bhaer
Road Ends Esteban Maceda
1998 Reaper Luke Sinclair
2000 Race Against Time Dr.Anton Stofeles
2001 Perfume Gary Packer
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Kurotowa (voice)
Loggerheads Rev. Robert Austin
2007 The Chosen One Zebulon 'Zeb' Kirk
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


Year Title Role Notes
1969–1973 Guiding Light Dr. Tom Halverson
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 Episodes: "Todd Mulcahy: Part 1"
"Todd Mulcahy: Part 2"
"The Force"
"Felicity Was Here"
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"
"The Wheel"
2002 The Court Justice Vorhees 3 episodes
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Myka Episode: "Look Who's Squawking"
Charmed Necromancer
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"

Video games

Year Title Role
2002 Kingdom Hearts Jack Skellington (voice)
2005 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2013 Disney Infinity
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

Theme parks

Music videos


  1. ^ "WHEN IT COMES TO FILMS, SARANDON IS JUST PLAIN PICK". Sacramento Bee. 1985-08-04. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ Chris Sarandon Film Reference biography
  3. ^ "Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, West Virginia, Alumni Page". Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chris Sarandon, Sr (1897 - 1988) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 

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