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Kris Kristofferson



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 '90

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wheeler
  • Actor
2017
40% Traded
  • Billy
2016
No Score Yet Lawless Range
  • Actor
2016
100% The Winding Stream
  • Actor
2015
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Johnny Cash: American Rebel
  • Actor
2015
19% 7 Minutes
  • Mr. B
2015
67% Dolphin Tale 2
  • Reed
2014
71% 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
33% Deadfall
  • Chet Mills
2012
33% Joyful Noise
  • Bernard Sparrow
2012
13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown
  • Dusty Brown
2011
81% Dolphin Tale
  • Reed Haskett
2011
50% Bloodworth
  • E.F. Bloodworth
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
2009
No Score Yet For Sale by Owner
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lords of the Streets
  • 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
76% I'm Not There
  • The Narrator
2007
52% Disappearances
  • Quebec Bill Bonhomme
2007
67% The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show
  • Actor
2007
50% Fast Food Nation
  • Rudy Martin
2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up
  • Bronson
2006
No Score Yet A Concert Tribute to George Jones
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Helen's War
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Lives of the Saints
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Requiem for Billy the Kid
  • Billy the Kid
2006
No Score Yet Sacred Tibet - The Path to Mount Kailash
  • Narrator
2006
94% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
  • Actor
2005
64% Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
  • Pop Crane
2005
No Score Yet 14 Hours
  • Chuck Whortle
2005
40% The Wendell Baker Story
  • L.R. Nasher
2005
44% The Jacket
  • Dr. Thomas Becker
2005
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Kris Kristofferson - His Life and Work
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Brats: Our Journey Home
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Willie Nelson and Friends - Live & Kickin'
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Country Heroes
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin'
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Kris Kristofferson: Breakthrough
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Older Billy Coleman
2004
25% Blade: Trinity
  • Abraham Whistler
2004
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis - I Am What I Am
  • Actor
2004
48% Silver City
  • Wes Benteen
2004
No Score Yet Wooly Boys
  • Shuck
2004
No Score Yet Limbo
  • Smilin' Jack
2004
No Score Yet Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate
  • Actor
2004
42% Lives of the Saints
  • Matthew Bok
2004
No Score Yet Helen's War
  • 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
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
2001
No Score Yet All Star Jam
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Tribute to Ricky Nelson
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Ralph Emery - Country Homecoming
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Country Legends - Homecoming
  • Actor
2000
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
50% 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
93% Lone Star
  • Charlie Wade
1996
No Score Yet Outlaw Country - Live from Austin, Texas
  • Actor
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
  • Actor
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 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 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 In the Hank Williams Tradition
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Highwaymen - Willie, Waylon, Cash & Kris - Live
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Sandino
  • Tom Holte
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
  • Actor
1986
89% 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
No Score Yet Rollover
  • Hubbell Smith
1981
No Score Yet Country Classics: A Celebration
  • Actor
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 Celebration
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Freedom Road
  • Abner Lait
1979
33% Convoy
  • Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald
1978
88% Semi-Tough
  • Shake Tiller
1977
31% 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
82% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Paco
1974
No Score Yet Free to Be You and Me
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Free to Be...You and Me
  • Actor
1974
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • David
1974
No Score Yet Blume in Love
  • Elmo Cole
1973
83% 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
43% The Last Movie
  • Minstrel Wrangler
1971
100% Isle of Wight Festival: Message to Love: 1970
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Soundstage - 30 Odd Foot of Grunts With Special Guest Kris Kristofferson
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
36% Down Dog
2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1983
  • Performer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

Quotes from Kris Kristofferson's Characters