Chris Sarandon

Christopher Sarandon Jr. (/səˈrændən/; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known best for playing Prince Humperdinck in the movie The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night, Detective Mike Norris in Child's Play (1988), and for providing the speaking voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon.

Chris Sarandon
Sarandon in 2019
Christopher Sarandon Jr.

(1942-07-24) July 24, 1942
Alma materWoodrow Wilson High School
West Virginia University
The Catholic University of America
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1965–present
Known forDog Day Afternoon, Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Susan Sarandon
(m. 1967; div. 1979)

Lisa Ann Cooper
(m. 1980; div. 1989)

Joanna Gleason (m. 1994)

Early life

Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of restaurateurs Christopher "Chris" Sarandon and Cliffie (née Cardullias).[1][2] His father, whose surname was originally "Sarondonethes", was born in Istanbul, Turkey, of Greek ancestry; his mother is also of Greek descent.[3]

Sarandon graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He earned a degree in speech at West Virginia University. He earned his master's degree in theater from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C..


After graduation, he toured with numerous improvisational companies and became much involved with regional theatre, making his professional debut in the play The Rose Tattoo during 1965. In 1968, Sarandon moved to New York City, where he obtained his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson for the series The Guiding Light (1973–1974). He appeared in the primetime television movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before obtaining the role of Al Pacino's transgender wife in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a performance which earned him nominations for Best New Male Star of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Sarandon appeared in the Broadway play The Rothschilds and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well making regular appearances at numerous Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw festivals in the United States and Canada. He also had a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities in 1980) corresponded to his affinity for the classics. He also had roles in the thriller movie Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the movie The Sentinel (1977).

To avoid being typecast in villainous roles, Sarandon accepted various roles of other types during the years to come, portraying the title role of Christ in the made-for-television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a TV-movie version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-starred with Dennis Hopper in the 1983 movie The Osterman Weekend, which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in the movie Protocol (1984). These were followed by another mainstream success as the vampire-next-door in the horror movie Fright Night (1985). He starred in the 1986 TV movie Liberty, which addressed the making of New York City's statue of Liberty.

He is best known in the film industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 movie The Princess Bride, though he also has had supporting parts in other successful movies such as the original Child's Play (1988). In 1992, he played Joseph Curwen/Charles Dexter Ward in The Resurrected. He also provided the voice of Jack Skellington, the main character of Tim Burton's animated Disney movie The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in other productions, including the Disney/Square video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original movie, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for several Disneyland Halloween events and attractions including; Halloween Screams, the Frightfully Fun Parade, and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion, where Jack and his friends take control of a mansion in an attempt to introduce Christmas, much as his character did in the movie.

Sarandon appeared in TV again with a recurring role as Dr. Burke on NBC's long-running medical drama ER.

In 1991 he performed on Broadway in the short-lived musical Nick & Nora (based on the movie The Thin Man) with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall. Sarandon married Gleason in 1994. They have appeared together in a number of movies, including Edie & Pen (1996), American Perfekt (1997), and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999). During the 2000s he made guest appearances in several TV series, notably as the Necromancer demon, Armand, in Charmed, and as superior court judge Barry Krumble for six episodes of Judging Amy.

In 2006 he played Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical play The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. Most recently he appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac as Antoine de Guiche, with Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner, and Daniel Sunjata. He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia. In 2016 he performed in the Off-Broadway production of the Dave Malloy musical Preludes as Anton Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Alexander Glazunov, Leo Tolstoy, Tsar Nicholas II, and The Master.

Personal life

Sarandon has been married three times: he married actress Susan Tomalin in 1967, the couple first met while attending The Catholic University of America together in Washington, D.C., the marriage lasted for twelve years when they divorced in 1979.[4][5][6] After divorcing from Susan, he married his second wife, fashion model Lisa Ann Cooper, in 1980. The couple had two daughters and one son: Stephanie (born 1982), Alexis (born 1984) and Michael (born 1988).[7] The marriage ended in divorce in 1989 after nine years of marriage.[8] In 1994, he married his third wife, actress and singer Joanna Gleason.[9] The couple met while performing in Broadway's short-lived 1991 musical Nick & Nora; they returned to the stage together in 1998's Thorn and Bloom.[10] They also collaborated in several films together, such as Road Ends, Edie & Pen, Let the Devil Wear Black, and American Perfekt.



YearTitleRoleNotes Ref.
1975Dog Day AfternoonLeon ShermerAward nominations:
1976LipstickGordon Stuart
1977The SentinelMichael Lerman
1979CubaJuan Pulido
1980The Day Christ DiedJesus Christ
A Tale of Two CitiesSydney Carton
Charles Darnay
1981Broken PromiseBud Griggs
1983The Osterman WeekendJoseph Cardone
1984ProtocolMichael Ransome
1985This Child Is MineCraig Wilkerson
Fright NightJerry DandridgeAward nominations:
1986Liberty[11]Jacque Marchant
1987The Princess BridePrince Humperdinck
Mayflower MadamMatt Whittington
1988Child's PlayDetective Mike Norris
Goodbye, Miss Fourth Of JulyGeorge Janus
1989Collision CoursePhilip Mandras
Slaves of New YorkVictor Okrent
Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner TragedyJohn Lenczowski
1990The Stranger WithinDan
1991The ResurrectedJoseph Curwen
Charles Dexter Ward
1993Dark TideTim
The Nightmare Before ChristmasJack Skellington (voice)
1994David's MotherPhilip
1995Terminal JusticeReginald Matthews
Just CauseLyle Morgan
1996No Greater LoveSam Horowitz
Edie & PenMax
Bordello of BloodRev. J.C. Current
1997American PerfektDeputy Sammy
Road EndsEsteban Maceda
1998ReaperLuke Sinclair
Little MenFritz Bhaer
2000Race Against TimeDr.Anton Stofeles
2001PerfumeGary Packer
2005Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindKurotowa (voice)Disney English dub
LoggerheadsRev. Robert Austin
2007The Chosen OneZebulon 'Zeb' Kirk (voice)
2008My Sassy GirlDr. Roark
2009Multiple SarcasmsLarry
My Life in the Single Seat: A DocumentaryHimself
2011Fright Night"Jay Dee"Cameo appearance
2012SafeMayor Danny Tremello
2013Curse of ChuckyDetective Mike NorrisArchive footage
2014Big Stone GapMario Barbari
2015I Smile Back Roger
Frank The BastardPace


YearTitleRoleNotes Ref.
1969–1973Guiding LightDr. Tom Halverson
1978You Can't Go Home AgainGeorge WebberTV movie, based on the novel by Thomas Wolfe
1980A Tale of Two CitiesSydney Carton
Charles Darnay
TV movie
1994Star Trek: Deep Space NineMartus MazurEpisode: "Rivals"
1995The Outer LimitsDr. PallasEpisode: "Corner of the Eye"
1998The PracticeDr Jeffrey WinslowEpisodes: "The Trial"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes"
Chicago HopeDr. Gordon MaysEpisodes: "Austin, We Have a Problem"
"Wag the Doc"
"Austin Space"
1999FelicityDr. Peter McGrathEpisodes:
  • "Todd Mulcahy: Part 1"
  • "Todd Mulcahy: Part 2"
  • "Docuventary"
  • "Connections"
  • "The Force"
  • "Felicity Was Here"
1999–2000Stark Raving MadCaesar RadfordEpisodes:
  • "Fish Out of Water"
  • "The Big Finish"
2000–2002ERDr. BurkeEpisodes:
  • "The Greatest of Gifts"
  • "Piece of Mind"
  • "It's All in Your Head"
2002–2004Law & OrderHoward PinchamEpisodes:
  • "Gov Love"
  • "The Wheel"
2002The CourtJustice Vorhees3 episodes
2003The Wild ThornberrysMyka (voice)Episodes:
  • "Look Who's Squawking"
  • "Necromancing the Stone"
2004Cold CaseAdam ClarkeEpisodes:
  • "Volunteers"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitWeasly MasonerEpisodes:
  • "Choreographed"
2010PsychAshton BonaventureEpisodes:
  • "Think Tank"
The Good WifeJudge Howard MatchickEpisodes:
  • "Taking Control"
2016Orange Is The New BlackKip CarniganEpisodes:
  • "We'll always have Baltimore"
2017Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDracula (voice)3 episodes

Video games

YearTitleRole Notes
2002Kingdom HeartsJack Skellington English dub
2005The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
2006Kingdom Hearts II English dub
2013Disney Infinity
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix English dub
2014Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix English dub
2015Disney Infinity 3.0[13]

Theme parks and live attractions

Year Theme Park Title Role Ref.
Disney On Ice Disney On Ice Jack Skellington
Disneyland Frightfully Fun Parade
Disneyland Halloween Screams
Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Music Videos

Year Song Artist Role Ref.
2002 Hands Clean Alanis Morissette Man At Bar


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