Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Winding Stream (2015)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Fire Down Below (1997)
  • Birthday: Jun 22, 1936
  • Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, USA
  • Like so many others before him, Kris Kristofferson pursued Hollywood success after first finding fame in the pop music arena. Unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries, however, he could truly act as well as make music, delivering superb, natural performances in films for directors like Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah, and John Sayles. Born June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, TX, Kristofferson was a Phi Beta Kappa at Pomona College, earning a degree in creative writing. At Oxford, he was a Rhodes Scholar, and while in Britain he first performed his music professionally (under the name Kris Carson). A five-year tour in the army followed, as did a stint teaching at West Point. Upon exiting the military, he drifted around the country before settling in Nashville, where he began earning a reputation as a gifted singer and songwriter. After a number of his compositions were covered by Roger Miller, Kristofferson eventually emerged as one of the most sought-after writers in music. In 1970, Johnny Cash scored a Number One hit with Kristofferson's "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and that same year he released his debut LP, Kristofferson. Upon composing two more hits, Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Sammi Smith's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," Kristofferson was a star in both pop and country music. In 1971, his friend, Dennis Hopper, asked him to write the soundtrack for The Last Movie, and soon Kristofferson was even appearing onscreen as himself. He next starred -- as a pop singer, appropriately enough -- opposite Gene Hackman later that year in Cisco Pike, again composing the film's music as well. Another role as a musician in 1973's Blume in Love threatened to typecast him, but then Kristofferson starred as the titular outlaw in Sam Peckinpah's superb Western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. For Peckinpah, Kristofferson also appeared in 1974's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, followed by a breakthrough performance opposite Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn in Martin Scorsese's acclaimed Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. After a two-year hiatus to re-focus his attentions on music, he followed with a villainous turn in the little-seen Vigilante Force and the much-hyped The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea. Amid reports of a serious drinking problem, Kristofferson next starred as an aging, alcoholic rocker opposite Barbra Streisand in the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born, an experience so grueling, and which hit so close to home, that he later claimed the picture forced him to go on the wagon. In 1977, Kristofferson teamed with Burt Reynolds to star in the football comedy Semi-Tough, another hit. He next reunited with Peckinpah for 1978's Convoy. Hanover Street was scheduled to follow, but at the last minute Kristofferson dropped out to mount a concert tour. Instead, he next appeared with Muhammad Ali in the 1979 television miniseries Freedom Road. He then starred in Michael Cimino's legendary 1981 disaster Heaven's Gate, and when the follow-up -- Alan J. Pakula's Rollover -- also failed, Kristofferson's film career was seriously crippled; he received no more offers for three years, appearing only in a TV feature, 1983's The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck, and performing his music. His comeback vehicle, the 1984 thriller Flashpoint, earned little attention, but Alan Rudolph's Songwriter -- also starring Willie Nelson -- was well received. In 1986, Kristofferson reunited with Rudolph for Trouble in Mind, and starred in three TV movies: The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, Blood and Orchids, and a remake of John Ford's Stagecoach.Remaining on television, Kristofferson co-starred in the epic 1987 miniseries Amerika. The year following, he appeared in a pair of Westerns, The Tracker and Dead or Alive, and unexpectedly co-starred in the comedy Big-Top Pee-Wee. The 1989 sci-fi disappointment Millennium was his last major theatrical appearance for some years. In the early '90s, the majority of his work was either in television (the P

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration Actor 2019
95% Blaze Actor 2018
42% The Star Old Donkey $40.5M 2017
57% Hickok George Knox 2017
56% Wheeler Actor 2017
40% Traded Billy 2016
No Score Yet Lawless Range Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Red Maple Leaf Actor 2016
100% The Winding Stream Actor $6.1K 2015
94% Janis: Little Girl Blue Actor $0.5M 2015
No Score Yet Johnny Cash: American Rebel Actor 2015
24% 7 Minutes Mr. B 2015
No Score Yet We're Still Here: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited Actor 2015
65% Dolphin Tale 2 Reed 2014
No Score Yet Road to Austin Actor 2014
69% The Motel Life Earl Hurley 2013
23% Angels Sing Actor 2013
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
No Score Yet Midnight Stallion Jack Shepard 2013
35% Deadfall Chet Mills $39.2K 2012
31% Joyful Noise Bernard Sparrow $29.1M 2012
13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown Dusty Brown 2011
81% Dolphin Tale Reed Haskett $65.1M 2011
50% Bloodworth E.F. Bloodworth $10.1K 2011
No Score Yet The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Shepherd Graves 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
25% Powder Blue Randall 2009
40% He's Just Not That Into You Ken Murphy $93.9M 2009
No Score Yet For Sale by Owner Actor 2009
No Score Yet Snow Buddies Talon 2008
No Score Yet Outlaw Country: Live from Austin TX Actor 2008
No Score Yet Elvis: Return to Tupelo Narrator 2008
77% I'm Not There The Narrator $4.1M 2007
50% Disappearances Quebec Bill Bonhomme 2007
67% The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Actor 2007
50% Fast Food Nation Rudy Martin $1M 2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up Bronson 2006
No Score Yet A Concert Tribute to George Jones Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Lives of the Saints Actor 2006
No Score Yet Sacred Tibet - The Path to Mount Kailash Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Requiem for Billy the Kid Billy the Kid 2006
94% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt Actor 2005
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Pop Crane $33.1M 2005
No Score Yet 14 Hours Chuck Whortle 2005
40% The Wendell Baker Story L.R. Nasher $48.6K 2005
44% The Jacket Dr. Thomas Becker $6.3M 2005
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Brats: Our Journey Home Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin' Actor 2005
No Score Yet Kris Kristofferson: Breakthrough Actor 2004
25% Blade: Trinity Abraham Whistler $52.5M 2004
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis - I Am What I Am Actor 2004
48% Silver City Wes Benteen $0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Wooly Boys Shuck 2004
No Score Yet Where the Red Fern Grows Older Billy Coleman 2004
No Score Yet Helen's War Actor 2004
42% Lives of the Saints Matthew Bok 2004
No Score Yet Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Actor 2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet Steve Goodman: Live from Austin City Limits... and More! Actor 2003
57% Blade II Abraham Whistler $82.1M 2002
15% D-Tox (Eye See You) Doc 2002
No Score Yet Hank Williams: In the Hank Williams Tradition Actor 2002
26% Chelsea Walls Bud 2001
45% Planet of the Apes Karubi $178.1M 2001
No Score Yet American Roots Music Actor 2001
94% The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack Actor 2000
No Score Yet Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Lou Smit 2000
72% Limbo Smilin' Jack 1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Rudolph Meyer 1999
No Score Yet The Joyriders Actor 1999
54% Payback Bronson 1999
No Score Yet Tom Clancy's 'Netforce' Steve Day 1999
No Score Yet A Tribute to Johnny Cash Actor 1999
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Bill Willis 1998
51% Dance with Me John 1998
54% Blade Whistler 1998
No Score Yet Girls' Night Cody 1998
No Score Yet Outlaw Justice Torrance 1998
No Score Yet Two for Texas Hugh Allison 1998
11% Fire Down Below Orin Hanner 1997
No Score Yet Roger Miller: King of the Road Actor 1996
94% Lone Star Charlie Wade 1996
No Score Yet Brothers' Destiny Davis 1996
No Score Yet Pharaoh's Army Preacher 1995
No Score Yet Sodbusters Destiny 1994
No Score Yet Cheatin' Hearts Tom 1994
No Score Yet Kris Kristofferson: His Life and Work Actor 1993
No Score Yet Knights Gabriel 1993
No Score Yet No Place to Hide Joe Garvey 1993
No Score Yet Adventures of the Old West Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Adventures of the Old West Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Adventures of the Old West Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Johnny Cash in Ireland: 1993 Actor 1993
No Score Yet Adventures of the Old West Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Adventures of the Old West Narrator 1993
No Score Yet The Highwaymen: On the Road Again Actor 1992
No Score Yet Original Intent Jack Saunders 1992
No Score Yet Miracle in the Wilderness Jericho Adams 1991
No Score Yet Pair of Aces Rip 1991
No Score Yet Christmas in Connecticut Jefferson 1991
No Score Yet Perfume of the Cyclone Stan Wozniak 1990
No Score Yet Sandino Tom Holte 1990
No Score Yet In the Hank Williams Tradition Actor 1990
11% Millennium Bill Smith 1989
No Score Yet Welcome Home Jake 1989
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am Actor 1989
No Score Yet The Tracker (Dead or Alive) Actor 1988
35% Big Top Pee-wee Mace Montana 1988
No Score Yet Amerika Devin Millford 1987
No Score Yet The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Actor 1986
No Score Yet Stagecoach Ringo 1986
82% Trouble in Mind Hawk 1985
100% Songwriter Blackie Buck 1984
No Score Yet Flashpoint Logan 1984
No Score Yet The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck Ben Cole 1983
83% Rollover Hubbell Smith 1981
No Score Yet Kris Kristofferson: Live from Austin, TX Actor 1981
57% Heaven's Gate James Averill 1980
No Score Yet Hank Williams - The Man and His Music Actor 1980
No Score Yet Freedom Road Abner Lait 1979
38% Convoy Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald 1978
88% Semi-Tough Shake Tiller 1977
35% A Star is Born John Norman Howard 1976
No Score Yet Vigilante Force Aaron Arnold 1976
67% The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea Jim Cameron 1976
78% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Paco 1974
No Score Yet Free to Be You and Me Actor 1974
87% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore David 1974
100% Blume in Love Elmo Cole 1973
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Billy the Kid 1973
No Score Yet The Gospel Road Actor 1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike Cisco Pike 1972
50% The Last Movie Minstrel Wrangler 1971
100% Isle of Wight Festival: Message to Love: 1970 Actor 1970

TV

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Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2016
  • 2009
36% Down Dog
2015
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Performer
  • 2011
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1978
Performer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2009
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1994
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1978
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
No Score Yet Dead Man's Gun
1997-1999
Narrator

QUOTES FROM Kris Kristofferson CHARACTERS

Blade
How do you feel?
Whistler
Like hammered shit.
Older Billy Coleman
No creature could live in my heart like those dogs of mine so long ago.
Ben Crane
You've ever seen a kid so happy with a horse?
Pop Crane
Yeah, I have.
Whistler
Christ! I'm too old for this! Somebody get me a goddamn wheelchair!
Billy the Kid
Pat Garrett [Incadescent with rage when his partner attempts to defile Billy's corpse]: WHAT YOU WANT, AND WHAT YOU ***GET*** IS TOO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS
Pat Garrett
[incadescent with rage when his partner attempts to defile Billy's corpse] WHAT YOU WANT, AND WHAT YOU *GET* IS TOO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS.
Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid: I'll throw in a buck twenty in change if you'll dig it out of old Bob here.
Billy the Kid
I'll throw in a buck twenty in change if you'll dig it out of old Bob here.
E.F. Bloodworth
I guess God tolded you that, did he.
Karubi
You'll get us all killed. - A human spoke. That was the end for me...
Karubi
You'll get us all killed.
E.F. Bloodworth
I don't want to hurt nobody.
Warren
To late for that.