Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest

Highest Rated: 100% Girlfriends (1978)

Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)

Birthday: Feb 5, 1948

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

An alumnus of New York City's High School of Music and Arts and Bard College, actor/writer/director Christopher Guest made his initial Broadway appearance in the 1970 revival of Room Service; two years later, he co-starred in Moonchildren. Guest's early acting accomplishments have tended to become obscured in the light of his extensive work for the National Lampoon folks: he wrote several articles for the Lampoon magazine, and was a writer/performer for the organization's radio programs, record albums, and stage reviews. His extensive comic talents went largely untapped in such "mainstream" acting assignments as the made-for-TV Blind Ambition (1982), in which he portrayed Nixon intimate Jeb Stuart Magruder, and the theatrical feature The Long Riders (1982), in which he was co-starred with his younger brother Nicholas.In 1982, Guest played divorced suburbanite Bucky Frische in Million Dollar Infield (1982), a made-for-TV movie produced and co-written by Rob Reiner. His association with Reiner extended into appearances in the latter's big-screen directorial efforts: In This is Spinal Tap (1983), Guest not only penned the script but also played heavy metal rocker Nigel Tufnel; and in The Princess Bride (1986), cast as the evil Count Rubin, he offered a sly impression of British character actor Henry Daniell. Guest has since parlayed his "Spinal Tap" association into something of a second career, touring as Nigel Tufnel with fellow "Tap" members David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and composing many of the group's "hits." On TV, Guest was a regular during the 1984-1985 season of Saturday Night Live and shared a scriptwriting Emmy for a 1976 Lily Tomlin special. Making his directorial debut with the Tinseltown satire The Big Picture (1989), Guest has gone on to helm the TV-movie remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1993), the "Johnny Appleseed" segment of Shelley Duvall's cable-TV anthology American Tall Tales and Legends, and most of the episodes of Rob Reiner's 1992 TV sitcom Morton and Hayes.After once again appearing as Nigel Tufnel in The Return of Spinal Tap (1992), the latter '90s found Guest expanding on his successes in the world of showbiz mockery by taking the directors chair with a few irreverent faux documentaries of his own. Re-teaming with fellow bandmates McKean and Shearer for the musical numbers in Waiting for Guffman (1996), the critically praised comedy proved that Guest's eye for satire was indeed as sharp as his pen. Following with some vocal work in Small Soldiers (1998), Guest returned to the director's chair for what would be comedian Chris Farley's last film, Almost Heroes (1998). Both of these projects proved to be brief diversions, though, and, as old habits die hard, Guest couldn't resist his urges for parody for long.Though not related (in a traditional sense) to show business, Best in Show targeted a subject that some may say was screaming for parody, the world of Championship Dog shows. His skills as a director more focused and refined than ever, Guest lead a talented cast of the usual suspects in creating yet another hilarious and scathing take on a what many considered to be well-deserving subject. After earning a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Comedy" at that year's ceremony, the film went on to live a healthy life on DVD and cable television. Guest's next film set its sights on a target that many may agree was begging for the treatment even more so than that of his last subject, and though A Mighty Wind's spot on folk song parodies would prove almost so effective as to be considered the real deal, the film itself differed from Best in Show in that it sharply divided its supporters and detractors as few of his films had. Guest worked as an actor, screenwriter, songwriter, and director for The Mighty Wind (2003), an award-winning mockuementary chronicling the ups and downs of a career in folk music, and again with For Your Consideration (2006). The actor would c

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin Director 2018
49% Mascots Screenwriter Director Corky St. Clair 2016
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
56% The Invention of Lying Nathan Goldfrappe $18.5M 2009
45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Ivan the Terrible $177.2M 2009
No Score Yet Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead Actor 2009
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
52% For Your Consideration Jay Berman Screenwriter Director $5.5M 2006
67% Mrs. Henderson Presents Lord Cromer $11M 2006
No Score Yet Harry Shearer: Now You See It Actor 2006
87% A Mighty Wind Alan Barrows Director Screenwriter $17.5M 2003
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' Actor 2001
94% Best in Show Director Harlan Screenwriter $16.6M 2000
48% Small Soldiers Slamfist/Scratch-It 1998
8% Almost Heroes Director 1998
91% Waiting for Guffman Corky St. Clair Screenwriter Director 1996
30% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Director 1993
82% A Few Good Men Dr. Stone 1992
91% The Big Picture Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Sticky Fingers Sam 1988
97% The Princess Bride Count Rugen 1987
25% Beyond Therapy Bob 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors 1st Customer 1986
95% This Is Spinal Tap Nigel Tufnel 1984
No Score Yet A Piano for Mrs. Cimino Philip Ryan 1982
0% Heartbeeps Calvin 1981
83% The Long Riders Charlie Ford 1980
100% Girlfriends Eric 1978
40% Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle (Shame of the Jungle) (Jungle Burger) Actor 1975
17% The Fortune Boy Lover 1975
67% Death Wish Patrolman Reilly 1974
64% The Hot Rock Policeman 1972
100% The Hospital Resident 1971

TV

Credit
81% Family Tree
2013
Producer Executive Producer Creator Screenwriter Director Dave 2013
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer 1985
1984
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Cummings 1982
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Greg 1978
1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Jim 1977

QUOTES FROM Christopher Guest CHARACTERS

Mr. Mushnik says: Listen Seymour. Just because you put a strange and interesting plant in the window doesn't mean that it'll bring customers!

1st Customer says: (Opens door) Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that strange and interesting plant in the window!

1st Customer says: [opens door] Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that strange and interesting plant in the window!

Count Rugen says: Are you coming down into the pit? Westly's got his strength back, I'm starting him on the machine tonight.

Prince Humperdinck says: Tyron. You know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Gilda to blame for it. I'm swamped.

Inigo Montoya says: Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!

Count Rugen says: Stop saying that!

Corky St. Claire says: Everybody dance

Corky St. Claire says: Everybody dance!

Corky St. Claire says: You are bastard people...

Corky St. Claire says: You are bastard people.

Nigel Tufnel says: These go to eleven.