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Also Known As: Christopher Sarandon Died:
Born: July 24, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beckley, West Virginia, USA Profession: actor

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This tall, darkly handsome character actor first came to attention as Al Pacino's overwrought gay lover in Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), a role that earned him an Oscar nomination, and later was amusingly wonderful as the villainous prince in Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride" (1987). Chris Sarandon came out of a decade of stage roles before working in front of the cameras. He first toured the US as a member of the Catholic University Players, performing works by Moliere and Shakespeare and later marked time with an improvisational company in Washington, DC, and with the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Sarandon made his Broadway debut in 1970 as Jacob Rothschild--the brother who takes France--in the musical "The Rothschilds", with Hal Linden and Robby Benson. In 1972, Sarandon replaced Raul Julia as Proteus in the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona", John Guare's musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Five years later, he was part of an all-star ensemble (including Madeline Kahn and Joel Grey) in Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo" at the Public Theatre. Sarandon has continued to work on stage between film and TV assignments, including the ill-fated 1991...

This tall, darkly handsome character actor first came to attention as Al Pacino's overwrought gay lover in Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), a role that earned him an Oscar nomination, and later was amusingly wonderful as the villainous prince in Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride" (1987). Chris Sarandon came out of a decade of stage roles before working in front of the cameras. He first toured the US as a member of the Catholic University Players, performing works by Moliere and Shakespeare and later marked time with an improvisational company in Washington, DC, and with the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Sarandon made his Broadway debut in 1970 as Jacob Rothschild--the brother who takes France--in the musical "The Rothschilds", with Hal Linden and Robby Benson. In 1972, Sarandon replaced Raul Julia as Proteus in the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona", John Guare's musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Five years later, he was part of an all-star ensemble (including Madeline Kahn and Joel Grey) in Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo" at the Public Theatre. Sarandon has continued to work on stage between film and TV assignments, including the ill-fated 1991 musical "Nick and Nora".

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Fright Night (2011)
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4.
 Chosen, The (2007)
5.
 Loggerheads (2005) Cast
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 Race Against Time (2000) Dr Anton Stofeles
9.
 Little Men (1998) Fritz Bhaer
10.
 American Perfekt (1997) Deputy Sheriff Sammy Goodall
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Worked with improvisational troupe in Washington, DC, and with Long Wharf Theater
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TV debut on CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light"
1970:
Broadway debut as Jacob Rothschild in "The Rothschilds"
1974:
Made TV-movie debut with a small role in "Thursday's Game" (ABC)
1975:
Made auspicious screen debut in Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"
1979:
Landed first significant TV-movie role in "You Can't Go Home Again" (CBS)
1986:
Played the creature in "Frankenstein" (CBS)
1987:
Made comically wicked turn as villain Prince Humperdinck in "The Princess Bride"
1988:
Played Greek immigrant in West Virginia in "Goodbye Miss Fourth of July"
1991:
Returned to Broadway as co-star of the ill-fated "Nick and Nora"
1995:
Co-starred in "Just Cause"
2000:
Played recurring role of a brain surgeon on "ER" (NBC)
2002:
Cast in recurring role as a judge dating the tile character on "Judging Amy" (CBS)
2008:
Cast as De Guiche on a PBS "Great Performances" presentation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"
2011:
Appeared in feature remake of "Fright Night"
2012:
Cast in action thriller "Safe," Jason Statham
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Education

University of West Virginia: Morgantown , West Virginia -
Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. -

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wife:
Susan Tomalin. Actor. Married on September 16, 1967; divorced in 1979.
wife:
Joanna Gleason. Actor. Appeared together in the 1991 Broadway show "Nick and Nora"; married in 1994.

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father:
Chris Sarandon. Restaurateur. Owned a cafe in Beckley, West Virginia.
mother:
Mary Sarandon. Restaurateur. Owned a cafe in Beckley, West Virginia.

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