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Also Known As: Dennis Carelli Died:
Born: December 2, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor

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This once boyishly handsome, stage-trained character player enjoyed a brief stint as a Hollywood leading man in the late 1970s and early 80s after the surprising success of "Breaking Away" (1979). Christopher proved extremely likable as a young Italophile cyclist in middle America coming to grips with growing up. Though he was already 24 at the time, Christopher was so convincing at conveying the anxieties of youth that he won a Youth in Film Award. This could have been a career transforming role but he faltered with his next two projects, "Fade to Black" (1980) and "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder" (1982). The former was a gory thriller in which he went over-the-top as a movie-obsessed serial killer. Christopher shifted gears with the latter, playing a sensitive American GI paired with a dedicated doctor (Susan Saint James) during the Vietnam War. While his notices were respectable, the film failed to register at the box office. After a five year hiatus from the big screen, Christopher returned as a supporting player in genre movies beginning with the action comedy misfire "Jake Speed" (1986). This was followed by dubious (almost) direct-to-video titles and obscure international co-productions. ...

This once boyishly handsome, stage-trained character player enjoyed a brief stint as a Hollywood leading man in the late 1970s and early 80s after the surprising success of "Breaking Away" (1979). Christopher proved extremely likable as a young Italophile cyclist in middle America coming to grips with growing up. Though he was already 24 at the time, Christopher was so convincing at conveying the anxieties of youth that he won a Youth in Film Award. This could have been a career transforming role but he faltered with his next two projects, "Fade to Black" (1980) and "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder" (1982). The former was a gory thriller in which he went over-the-top as a movie-obsessed serial killer. Christopher shifted gears with the latter, playing a sensitive American GI paired with a dedicated doctor (Susan Saint James) during the Vietnam War. While his notices were respectable, the film failed to register at the box office. After a five year hiatus from the big screen, Christopher returned as a supporting player in genre movies beginning with the action comedy misfire "Jake Speed" (1986). This was followed by dubious (almost) direct-to-video titles and obscure international co-productions.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jobriath A.D. (2012)
2.
 Queen of the Lot (2010)
3.
 Ballad of Lucy Whipple, The (2001) Carrots
4.
 Skeletons (1997) Jim Norton
5.
 Silencers, The (1997) Comdor
6.
 It's My Party (1996) Douglas Reedy
7.
 H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon (1996) Dale Porker ("The Cold")
10.
 Disco Years, The (1994) Mr Reese
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1971:
Moved to California
1971:
Made film acting debut in "Blood and Lace", a low-budget horror film starring Gloria Grahame
:
Moved to Paris; joined the Living Theater through which he acted in street theater and experimental films
1972:
Moved to Italy; cast in "Fellini's Roma"
1974:
Moved to New York; made stage debut in "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" at the Chelsea Theater Center at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
:
Moved to California
1976:
Made TV acting debut in NBC's "The Oregon Trail"
1979:
Breakthrough feature lead, "Breaking Away"
1980:
Starred opposite Farrah Fawcett in a Florida production of "Butterflies Are Free"
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Gained acclaim for his performance in Los Angeles production of "Balm in Gilead"
1981:
Played the role of Leo Hubbard in stage revival of "The Little Foxes" in Florida, Washington DC and ultimately on Broadway opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton
1981:
Featured in sport drama "Chariots of Fire"
1982:
Last starring role in a feature, "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder", as an American GI opposite Susan Saint James as a doctor in Vietnam
1986:
Last role in a big-budget mainstream Hollywood film, "Jake Speed"
1989:
TV acting debut, "Christabel", a four-part "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation
1990:
Played seedy criminal Leech in the low-budget sci-fi actioner "Circuitry Man"; reprised role for "Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II" (1994)
1990:
Network TV miniseries debut, "Stephen King's 'IT'" (ABC)
1996:
Joined impressive ensemble for Randal Kleiser's AIDS comedy-drama "It's My Party"
1996:
TV series debut, recurring role (uncredited voice) as an enigmatic serial killer on NBC's crime drama "Profiler"
1998:
Returned to NYC stage in off-Broadway play "Retribution"
2000:
Returned to series TV as co-star of Fox drama "FreakyLinks"
2001:
Earned good notices as the distant musician father in Pasadena Playhouse production of "Side Man"
2006:
Guest starred on HBO's "Deadwood"
2012:
Featured opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

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