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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 musical "Nick and Nora."
His film career commenced with the role of Leon, the male lover and for whom Al Pacino's Sonny robs a bank to finance a sex change operation. While Sarandon had a mere 11 minutes of screen time, he was memorable, but his lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar to sentimental favorite George Burns. He followed with a turn as the despicable musician-rapist in "Lipstick" (1976), but other strong roles were scarce. One of his best roles was as a suave vampire in Tom Holland's "Fright Night" (1985) and he was also effective as the cop investigating a series of murders in Holland's thriller "Child's Play" (1988). He provided the speaking voice of Jack Skellington in "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) and appeared in a supporting role in "Just Cause" (1995). He followed with a turn in "Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood" (1996).
Sarandon began in TV-movies with a bit part in the comedy "Thursday's Game" (ABC, 1974) and had his first substantial role playing the Thomas Wolfe-character in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" adaptation of the author's "You Can't Go Home Again" (CBS, 1979). He played Jesus in the "The Day Christ Died" (CBS, 1980) and was Sydney Carton in the remake of "A Tale of Two Cities" (CBS, 1980). Sarandon played a juvenile court services director who cares too much in "Broken Promise" (CBS, 1981), was the Creature in CBS' 1986 version of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and the gent Sidney Biddle Barrows toys with in "Mayflower Madam" (CBS, 1987). In a role close to Sarandon's own background, he played the Greek immigrant father of Roxana Zal, living in rural West Virginia and coping with the Ku Klux Klan in "Goodbye, Miss Fourth of July" (Disney Channel, 1988).
From 1967 to 1979, Sarandon was married to actress Susan Sarandon (nee Tomalin), whom he met while attending Catholic University.
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Broadway debut as Jacob Rothschild in "The Rothschilds"
Made TV-movie debut with a small role in "Thursday's Game" (ABC)
Made auspicious screen debut in Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"
Landed first significant TV-movie role in "You Can't Go Home Again" (CBS)
Played the creature in "Frankenstein" (CBS)
Made comically wicked turn as villain Prince Humperdinck in "The Princess Bride"
Played Greek immigrant in West Virginia in "Goodbye Miss Fourth of July"
Returned to Broadway as co-star of the ill-fated "Nick and Nora"
Co-starred in "Just Cause"
Played recurring role of a brain surgeon on "ER" (NBC)
Cast in recurring role as a judge dating the tile character on "Judging Amy" (CBS)
Cast as De Guiche on a PBS "Great Performances" presentation of "Cyrano de Bergerac"
Appeared in feature remake of "Fright Night"
Cast in action thriller "Safe," Jason Statham