Was a Golden Gloves boxer
Worked as folk singer under the name Kris Carson while at Oxford
Served with U.S. Air Force in Germany after Oxford (reached rank of captain)
Went to Nashville on vacation; moved there to sell his songs weeks before he was to have begun teaching English at West Point
First song recorded professionally, "Me and Bobby McGee" (by Roger Miller)
Recorded debut album <i>Kristofferson</i>
Credited as writer for the ABC special "Just Friends"
Contributed songs to Monte Hellman's feature "Two-Lane Blacktop"
Film acting debut (bit part) in "The Last Movie"
First leading role in features, "Cisco Pike"
First of three films directed by Sam Peckinpah, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"
Reteamed with Peckinpah for "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia"
Played the romantic interest to Ellen Burstyn in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
Acted opposite Barbra Streisand in the remake of "A Star Is Born"
Last film with Peckinpah, "Convoy"
Starred in NBC miniseries "Freedom Road"
Career's momentum halted by starring role in Michael Cimino's disastrous "Heaven's Gate"
November issue of <i>Esquire</i> magazine emphasized his drug use; quit soon thereafter
First of two features with director Alan Rudolph, "Songwriter"; also scored; received Oscar nomination for Best Original Song Score
Reteamed with Rudolph for "Trouble in Mind"
Joined with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to form The Highwaymen
Starred in CBS miniseries "Blood and Orchids"
Portrayed Jesse James in CBS movie "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James"; acted with Nelson and Cash
Teamed with Nelson (who served as executive producer), Cash and Jennings for TV remake of "Stagecoach" (CBS)
Starred in the ABC miniseries "Amerika"
Acted in "Pair of Aces", a CBS movie followed by a sequel, "Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind" (1991); Nelson executive produced and acted in both
Released the album <i>The Best of Kris Kristofferson</i>
Starred in Arnold Schwarzenegger's TV directorial debut "Christmas in Connecticut" (TNT)
Scored "Cheatin' Hearts"; also co-starred
Played Destiny in Showtime comedy Western "Sodbusters"
Portrayed Abraham Lincoln in "Tad" (The Family Channel)
Rejuvenated career with malignant presence in John Sayles' "Lone Star"
Played character based on novelist James Jones in the Merchant-Ivory film "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", adapted from the novel by Jones' daughter Kaylie
Played a villain opposite Mel Gibson in "Payback"
Reteamed with Sayles for "Limbo"
Co-starred in the Tim Burton directed remake of "Planet of the Apes"
Played a writer in "Chelsea Walls"
Featured in "The Big Bounce," based on the novel by legendary crime fiction writer Elmore Leonard
Cast in John Sayles¿ political satire "Silver City," which starred Chris Cooper, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfuss
Cast opposite Adrien Brody in the psychological thriller "The Jacket"
Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell in the family drama "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"
Cast as part of an ensemble in "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's adaptation of Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book
Narrated the Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There."
Joined the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You"
Cast in the family drama "Dolphin Tale," starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman
Co-starred with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"
Cast opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in crime drama "Deadfall"