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Chris Sarandon



Formerly husband to Susan Sarandon, whom he met while attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Chris Sarandon spent nearly a decade performing on-stage before making his first television appearance alongside Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart in Thursday's Game in 1974. While that appearance was well received by its audience, Sarandon wouldn't achieve widespread critical recognition from the film industry until his portrayal of an overwrought transsexual opposite Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Sarandon's performance earned him two prestigious nominations (New Star of the Year - Male from the Golden Globes and Best Actor from the Academy), and by all indications, Sarandon was headed toward a bright future on the silver screen.



Rather than jumping into a full-time movie career, however, Sarandon continued his work in theater (he replaced Raul Julia in the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Two Gentlemen of Verona) and 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, while others -- namely The Day Christ Died, in which he played the title role -- offered an opportunity for the actor to get in touch with his religious side. Oddly enough, Sarandon would also appear in a slew of satanic or otherwise horror-themed films, including The Sentinel (1976), Fright Night (1985), and Child's Play (1988). It was his decidedly less grim role as the insidious Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride, however, that would bring his name back into the hearts of American audiences, albeit his place therein was reserved for fairy tale bad guys.



Despite his success, Sarandon was unable to gain mainstream American recognition for a starring role, though his performance as a Holocaust survivor in Forced March (1990) did not go unnoticed by critics. Not long afterward, select U.S. filmgoers were treated to his portrayal of a man obsessed with his deceased ancestor's rumored ability to raise the dead in Alien scriptwriter Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected (1991). In 1993, Sarandon earned no small amount of approval for giving voice to Jack Skellington, the bony star of Tim Burton's gleefully sinister The Nightmare Before Christmas. After participating in a vampire documentary, an episode of the cult-favorite Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood, and, of all things, the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's family classic Little Men, Sarandon landed a recurring role as Dr. Burke on NBC's long-running medical drama ER. He continued to work steadily into the 21st century in a variety of projects including Voices in Wartime, Loggerheads, The Chosen One, the remake of Fright Night, and 2012's Safe.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
52% I Smile Back
  • Roger
2015
35% Big Stone Gap
  • Mario Barbari
2015
57% Safe
  • Mayor Tremello
2012
72% Fright Night
  • Jay Dee
2011
5% Multiple Sarcasms
  • Larry
2010
No Score Yet Cyrano De Bergerac
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Chosen One
  • Zeb Kirk
2008
81% Voices in Wartime
  • Actor
2005
74% Loggerheads
  • Rev. Robert Austin
2005
No Score Yet The Dead Will Tell
  • Paul Hamlin
2004
11% Perfume
  • Gary Packer
2001
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Carrera contra el Tiempo
  • Anton Stoffles
2000
57% Let the Devil Wear Black
  • Jack's Father
1999
No Score Yet Terminal Justice
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Reaper
  • Luke Sinclair
1998
No Score Yet Edie & Pen
  • Max
1997
No Score Yet Road Ends
  • Estaban Maceda
1997
No Score Yet American Perfekt
  • Sammy
1997
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Rev. Current
1996
No Score Yet No Greater Love
  • Actor
1996
25% Just Cause
  • Lyle Morgan
1995
No Score Yet Terminal Justice
  • Reginald Matthews
1995
No Score Yet When the Dark Man Calls
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Temptress
  • Matt Christianson
1995
No Score Yet David's Mother
  • Philip Goodson
1994
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Jack Skellington
1993
No Score Yet Dark Tide
  • Tim
1993
No Score Yet Goodbye, Miss 4th of July
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story
  • Paul Solomon
1992
No Score Yet The Resurrected
  • Charles
1991
No Score Yet The Stranger Within
  • Dan
1990
No Score Yet Forced March
  • Ben Kline
1990
No Score Yet Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Collision Course
  • Philip
1989
13% Slaves of New York
  • Victor Okrent
1989
No Score Yet Whispers
  • Tony
1989
69% Child's Play
  • Mike Norris
1988
No Score Yet Resurrected
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Mayflower Madam
  • Matt Whittington
1987
97% The Princess Bride
  • Prince Humperdinck
1987
No Score Yet Collision Course
  • Actor
1986
87% NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika)
  • Kurotowa (English)
1985
91% Fright Night
  • Jerry Dandrige
1985
14% Protocol
  • Michael
1984
43% The Osterman Weekend
  • Cardone
1983
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities
  • Charles Darnay
1980
50% Cuba
  • Juan Pulido
1979
58% The Sentinel
  • Michael Lerman
1977
14% Lipstick
  • Gordon Stuart
1976
95% Dog Day Afternoon
  • Leon
1975
No Score Yet Thursday's Game
  • Counselor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dr. Burke
76% The Unusuals
2009
  • Walter Shraeger
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Signor Naccarelli
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Comte de Guiche
  • Performer
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Clark Howard Pincham Haold Pincham
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Adam Clarke
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Howard Matchick
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Wesley Masoner

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