Who is Chris Makepeace?
Chris Makepeace was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 22 April 1964 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds Canadian nationality. He is a former actor and an assistant director who is perhaps still best known for having starred as Clifford Peache in the comedy drama movie “My Bodyguard” in 1980, which also starred Adam Baldwin and Matt Dillon, and which is about a new boy at school who, after being bullied by the school’s worst bully, hires a bodyguard who is the most feared kid at that school – the movie won a National Board of Review Top Ten Films Award, and was nominated for two other awards.
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What happened to him and where is he today?
Chris retired from acting in 2001, and started working as an assistant director – his latest credit as an assistant producer has been in 2010, when he worked on the short drama “Play” which starred John Healy (also the film’s writer), Paolo Mancini and Ginger Welch.
Early life and education
Chris was raised in Montreal alongside his older brother Ton who is today a famous photographer, by their father Harry Makepeace who was a lawyer, and their mother Doreen who was a housewife.
Chris became interested in acting at a very early age, and a few months after he turned ten, he was noticed by a scout who invited him to appear in his first commercial.
This was when Chris became interested in acting, and upon enrolling at a local high school, he instantly joined its drama club and started appearing in plays. Chris matriculated from high school in 1982, and then focused on his acting career rather than enrolling at a college – he practiced his acting skills at The Second City Special Workshop in Chicago.
Roles in movies
Chris made his debut film appearance in 1974 when he appeared (uncredited) in the short movie “The Ottawa Valley”, which starred Karen Austin, Kay Hawtrey and Karen Pearson, and his next role came five years later, when he was cast to portray the supporting character Rudy in the comedy “Meatballs”, which starred Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin and Kate Lynch, and for his performance, Chris was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 1981, Chris played Ring, one of the lead characters in the action adventure science fiction film “The Last Chase”, written by Martyn Burke, directed by Christopher Crowe and which also starred Lee Majors and Burgess Meredith – the story is set in a futuristic world in which there is no more oil. The following years saw him appear in movies such as the family fantasy mystery “The Mysterious Stranger”, the adventure drama fantasy “Mazes and Monsters”, and the biographical sports drama film “The Terry Fox Story” in 1983. The next year saw Chris star as Matt in the drama “The Oasis”, also starring Scott Hylands and Richard Cox, and which was written and directed by Sparky Greene.
In 1985, he appeared in two movies: the biographical crime drama “The Falcon and the Snowman”, which starred Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton, and the drama comedy “The Undergrads”, in which he starred as Dennis ‘Jody’ Adler.
The year 1986 saw him play the main character Keith in the comedy fantasy horror “Vamp” which received mixed reviews but was nominated for two awards, and in 1987 Chris portrayed Robert in the romantic war drama “Captive Hearts”. In 1988, he played lead characters in both the comedy drama “Aloha Summer” and the science fiction “Why on Earth?”
The teen comedy drama film, "My Bodyguard" starring Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, and Matt Dillon opened in 1980.
Three of his final roles in movies before retiring from acting were in the romantic drama “A Holiday for Love” in 1996, the 1998 drama “Short for Nothing”, written and directed by Siona Ankrah Cameron, and the thriller “Full Disclosure” released in 2001.
Roles in TV series
Chris has appeared in only four TV series – he made his debut series appearance in 1981, when he guest starred as Willie in the episode “East Side Angels” of the adventure drama “The Littlest Hobo” which starred London, Harvey Atkin and Allan Royal, and follows a German shepherd dog in its adventures.
In 1989, Chris played Zeb Norman in the episodes “Aquatic Life” and “Science Fiction” of the comedy family fantasy series “The Jim Henson Hour”, and in 1989 he guested as Jeremy in the episode “Power Play” of the drama horror mystery “Deadly Nightmares”.
His final role in TV series before retiring from acting was in the episode “Miracle Worker” of the drama horror mystery “Beyond Reality” in 1991.
Credits as a film and TV series assistant director
Chris made his directing debut in 2000, when he worked on several episodes of the comedy drama series “Drop the Beat”, and in 2001 he was an assistant director for the film “Full Disclosure”.
His other two credits as the third assistant director were working on the drama thriller film “Tangled” in 2001, and on the crime drama fantasy movie “Silver Man” in 2003.
Love life and relationships
Chris prefers to keep his personal matters to himself, and hasn’t talked about any girls he might have dated, however, it is known that he was in a relationship with Grace Jones in 1985. Grace is a Jamaican model, singer and an actress, who is 16 years older than Chris – they dated for less than a year before splitting ways for unknown reasons.
There are rumors circulating the internet that Chris exchanged vows with his other half in the early 2000s, and several of his fans have claimed to have seen him with his supposed wife walking hand in hand in the streets of Los Angeles on multiple occasions, but no proof has been provided to support these claims, nor has Chris commented, and thus as of September 2020, he is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Chris has been interested in music since his teenage years, and in 1981 he was invited to record a spoken dialogue for the KISS album “Music From The Elder”, however, the dialogue didn’t find itself in the final mix.
One of his main hobbies is travelling, and Chris’ acting career has taken him to several US states while he prefers to travel overseas – he has been to several European countries for pleasure, such as Italy, France and England.
He is a lover of animals and has a pet dog.
Chris has his own favorite actors and actresses. some of whom are Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Emma Watson, and a few of his favorite movies are “The Terminal”, “I, Robot” and the franchise “Harry Potter”.
Age and height
Chris is 56 years old. He has brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $200,000.