Early life, family, educational background
American actor Christopher Sarandon Jr. was born on July 24, 1942 in Beckley, West Virginia, USA. His parents were restaurateurs Cliffie (née Cardullias) and Christopher ‘Chris’ Sarandon. His father was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and his last name was originally ‘Sarondonethes’, but both of Christopher’s parents are of Greek descent. His mother was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and her parents were Greek immigrants. Christopher grew up with his brother, John Peter Sarandon.
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He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1960; while at school, he sang backup and played the drums in a local band called The Teen Tones.
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The band has toured and opened for artists such as Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin and Danny and the Juniors.
He graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in speech, after which he attended the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington DC and received his master’s degree in theater. While on CUA, he appeared in musical productions, including in “The Musical Man” as Harold Hill.
Chris has transitioned easily between stage, TV and movies all his time careerand intentionally accepting roles in different genres.
After graduating from university, he toured with improv companies and joined regional theater. In 1998, Christopher shared the influence that encouraged him to study theater — in a magazine interview, he spoke of Professor Emeritus Charles Neel, and his West Virginia University folklore teacher Professor Patrick Ward Gainer. Professor Neel suggested that Christopher studied theater and ‘… after a few productions there was no turning back.’
His theater debut was in “Honey in the Rock” at Theater West Virginia’s Grandview, appearing in the historical drama for three seasons while playing various roles, including Stonewall Jackson, a sentry, a New River settler, and a news anchor. He also sang and danced.
His professional debut was in 1965 in the play ‘The Rose Tattoo’. He then joined the Long Wharf Theater Company for a season.
He appeared in Broadway plays such as “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” as Proteus and “The Rothschilds” as Jacob Rothschild. He has performed regularly at George Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare festivals in Canada and the United States.
In 1991, he appeared in “Nick & Nora,” a short-lived Broadway musical based on the film “The Thin Man,” alongside Monty Hall’s daughter, Joanna Gleason.
In 2006, he starred in the Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza” at Lincoln Center, as Signor Naccarelli – the play received six Tony awards. He most recently appeared as Comte de Guiche in “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Jennifer Garner, Kevin Kline and Daniel Sunjata.
He performed in an off-Broadway production of “Preludes” in 2016 and played several characters in the Dave Malloy musical, including Tchaikovsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, The Master, Alexander Glazunov, and Tsar Nicholas II.
He serves on the advisory board of the Greenbrier Valley Theater in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
From 1969 to 1973, Christopher played Dr. Tom Halverson in “Guiding Light,” after moving to New York City in 1968 just before his audition for the show. He wanted to avoid being labeled a villain, so in 1980 he played Christ in ‘The Day Christ Died’, a made-for-television film. That same year, he appeared in another television movie, “A Tale of Two Cities,” as Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, receiving accolades for his role as the latter.
In 1986 he played Jacque Marchant in the television movie “Liberty”, which is about the Statue of Liberty being made for New York City.
From 2000 to 2002, he played Dr. Burke in NBC’s longest-running medical drama “ER”, and made many television appearances in the 2000s. For six episodes of “Judging Amy,” he played Supreme Judge Barry Krumble; he also appeared in “Charmed” as Armand, the Necromancer demon.
In 1975, Christopher played Al Pacino’s transgender woman, Leon Shermer, in “Dog Day Afternoon,” a performance that earned him nominations for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe for Best New Male Star of the Year.
His last two film roles in the 1970s were Gordon Stuart in the 1976 thriller “Lipstick” and a demon, Michael Lerman, in “The Sentinel” in 1977.
He co-starred with Dennis Hopper in “The Osterman Weekend” as Joseph Cardone in 1983, which was based on Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name. The following year, he co-starred with Goldie Hawn as Michael Ransome in “Protocol”.
Christopher played a vampire, Jerry Dandridge, in the 1985 horror film “Fright Night,” nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor. In 2011, he made a cameo appearance as Jay Dee in the remake, which shares the name of the original film.
In 1987, he played Prince Humperdinck in “The Princess Bride”, produced by Rob Reiner, and considered Christopher’s most famous role in films. The following year, he played detective Mike Norris in “Child’s Play.”
In 1991, he played Charles Dexter Ward/Joseph Curwen in “The Resurrected,” a performance that earned him a nomination for the Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor. He voiced the main character, Jack Skellington, in Tim Burton’s 1993 Disney animated film, “The Nightmare Before Christma,” a role he has since reprized in various forms, including in the Capcom sequel “Oogie’s Revenge,” as well as in Disney. /Square video games “Kingdom Hearts” and “Kingdom Hearts II.”
Other reprises have included Disneyland Halloween rides and events such as the Frightfully Fun Parade, Halloween Screams, and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay in which the actors re-imagined the film—Jack and his friends took control of the mansion and tried during the christmas. In the 1993 film, Christopher Jack spoke out for his lines of speech, but composer Danny Elfman sang for the character. In the video game spin-off ‘Oogie’s Revenge’, Christopher also sang for Jack.
While studying at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, he met Susan Tomalin. They were married on September 16, 1967, a union that lasted 12 years until they divorced on September 20, 1979. Susan kept Christopher’s surname as she had already starred in several film and television roles and was gaining recognition and reputation.
She never remarried, but she has children, a daughter, Eva Amurri, who is also an actress with Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, and two sons with fellow actor Tim Robbins, Miles Guthrie Robbins and Jack Henry Robbins. She became a famous actress and has an estimated net worth of more than $50 million as of mid-2020.
On October 4, 1980, Christopher married fashion model Lisa Ann Cooper; they have two daughters and a son together, Stephanie born in 1982, Alexis in 1984 and Michael in 1988. After nine years of marriage, they divorced on January 15, 1989.
On July 22, 1994, he married singer and actress Joanna Gleason, making him the brother-in-law of Richard and Sharon Hill and the son-in-law of Marilyn and Monty Hall.
Christopher and Joanna met in 1991 while they were both performing in the short-lived Broadway musical “Nick & Nora”. They returned to the stage together in 1998 in “Thorn and Bloom”, and they also starred in several films together, including “Edie & Pen” in 1996, “American Perfekt” in 1997 and “Let the Devil Wear Black” in 1999. . .”
In October 2007, they bought a vintage home in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Chris has dark brown eyes and brown hair, which is graying. He is 1.85 m tall.
Wealth and salary
Christopher’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million, as of mid-2020.