Chris Isaak

Lowest Rated: 12% The Informers (2009)
Birthday: Jun 26, 1956
Birthplace: Not Available
In another era, Chris Isaak's steely good looks and affable, unaffected screen presence would have made him an overnight leading man. Whether by choice or fate, however, Isaak seems to be content with his status as a part-time character actor and full-time rockabilly-influenced crooner. Born in Stockton, CA, in 1956, Isaak dabbled in surfing and competitive boxing as a teenager -- leaving him with his trademark bent nose -- before enrolling in an exchange student program in Japan. Upon his return to the U.S., Isaak completed college and endured a series of odd jobs as he led the life of the Northern California beach bum.In the mid-'80s, Isaak and his friends secured a record deal and began recording their unique brand of Southwestern retro-pop under the moniker Silvertone. It was director Jonathan Demme -- already a fan of Isaak's music -- who gave him bit parts in 1988's Married to the Mob and Demme's 1991 breakthrough, The Silence of the Lambs. Though Isaak's acting career was slowly gaining momentum, his Roy Orbison-influenced ballads still weren't catching on with the general public. When David Lynch featured the jilted-lover anthem "Wicked Game" in his road movie Wild at Heart, however, radio requests for the song quickly grew, and Isaak found himself with a Top Ten hit by the end of 1990 -- well over a year since the track was originally released. Thanks to Herb Ritts' sultry video for the song, Isaak had become a reluctant sex symbol as well. Lynch would be the first to capitalize on Isaak's heightened public profile, casting him as Special Agent Chester Desmond in 1992's baffling, elliptical Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.Despite the film's lackluster box-office performance, director Bernardo Bertolucci took notice and gave Isaak a lead role in his fantasy-biopic Little Buddha. Though convincing as the stoic family man whose son is mysteriously believed to be the latest reincarnation of Buddha, the neophyte actor couldn't withstand the wellspring of negative critical response to the film, causing some wags to slight his work in it. Perhaps as a response, Isaak has usually maintained a low profile in features since Buddha, choosing instead to take distinctive supporting roles in period films such as That Thing You Do! and Grace of My Heart, both in 1996.Though his feature-film aspirations hadn't panned out, Isaak did find some success acting on the small-screen in 2001, when he was given his own television show on Showtime. The Chris Isaak Show attracted a cult following with its witty semi-fictional portrayal of musician Chris Isaak. In 2004, Isaak took to the big-screen again, starring in the NC-17-rated John Waters sex comedy A Dirty Shame amidst an eclectic cast that included British comedian Tracey Ullman, Jackass co-creator Johnny Knoxville, indie-film actress Selma Blair, and such Waters regulars as Patricia Hearst and Mink Stole.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Special Agent Chester Desmond 2014
12% The Informers Les Price 2009
No Score Yet Soundstage - Chris Isaak: Greatest Hits Live Director 2009
No Score Yet Best of Chris Isaak Actor 2006
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live Actor 2006
No Score Yet Chris Isaak: Baja Sessions Actor 2004
53% A Dirty Shame Vaughn Stickles $1.3M 2004
No Score Yet Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records Actor 2001
No Score Yet Blue Ridge Fall Emerson 1999
93% That Thing You Do! Uncle Bob 1996
75% Grace of My Heart Matthew Lewis 1996
68% Little Buddha Dean Konrad 1994
63% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Chester 1992
96% The Silence of the Lambs SWAT Commander 1991
No Score Yet The Preppie Murder Actor 1989
96% Let's Get Lost Himself 1989
89% Married to the Mob 'The Clown' 1988

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1983
Host
  • 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Celebrity Bucket List
2014
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Chase Jackson
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest Performer
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Performer
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Performer
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Edward White White
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1991

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