• Christopher Sarandon Jr. was born in Beckley, West Virginia, USA to Greek parents in 1942.
• He attended West Virginia University and The Catholic University of America and earned a master's degree in theater.
• He has had a successful career on stage, television, and in films, including his most famous role in “The Princess Bride”.
• He has been married three times and has five children.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $5 million.

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SpouseJoanna Gleason, Lisa Ann Cooper, Susan Sarandon
MarkOften plays doctors
FactFirst wife Susan Sarandon got her big break when Chris brought her along on an audition.

Early life, family, educational background

American actor Christopher Sarandon Jr. was born on 24 July 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 surname 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 was raised along with his brother, John Peter Sarandon.

He matriculated in 1960 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley; while in school, he sang back-up and played the drums in a local band called The Teen Tones.

The band toured with 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, D.C., and earned his master’s degree in theatre. While at CUA, he appeared in musical productions, including in “The Musical Man” as Harold Hill.


Chris has switched easily between stage, TV and films throughout his career, and deliberately accepting roles in various genre.


After graduating from university, he toured with improvisational companies and joined regional theatre. In 1998 Christopher shared the influence who encouraged him to major in theater -in a magazine interview, he spoke about Professor Emeritus Charles Neel, and his folklore lecturer at West Virginia University Professor Patrick Ward Gainer. Professor Neel suggested that Christopher major in theater and ‘… after a couple of productions, there was no turning back.’

His theater debut was in “Honey in the Rock” at Theatre West Virginia’s Grandview, appearing in the historical drama for three seasons while portraying several roles, including Stonewall Jackson, a sentry, a New River settler, and a newsreader. He also sang and danced.

Chris Sarandon

His professional debut was in 1965 in the play “The Rose Tattoo.” Afterwards he joined the Long Wharf Theatre 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 regularly appeared in George Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare festivals held 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 played in the Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza” at the Lincoln Center, as Signor Naccarelli – the play received six Tony awards. He has 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 is a member of the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.


From 1969 to 1973, Christopher played Dr. Tom Halverson in “Guiding Light,” having moved to New York City in 1968 just before his audition for the show. He wanted to avoid being typecast as a villain, so in 1980 he played Christ in “The Day Christ Died,” a made-for-television movie. 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 “E.R.”, actually making many television appearances throughout the 2000s. For six episodes of “Judging Amy,” he played superior court judge Barry Krumble; he also appeared in “Charmed” as Armand, the Necromancer demon.


In 1975 Christopher played Al Pacino’s transgender wife, Leon Shermer, in “Dog Day Afternoon,”a performance which 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 as Gordon Stuart in the 1976 thriller “Lipstick”, and a demon, Michael Lerman, in “The Sentinel” in 1977.

He co-starred alongside Dennis Hopper in “The Osterman Weekend” as Joseph Cardone in 1983, which was based on the eponymous novel by Robert Ludlum. The following year he co-starred as Michael Ransome alongside Goldie Hawn in “Protocol”.

Christopher played a vampire, Jerry Dandridge, in the 1985 horror, “Fright Night.”, being nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor. In 2011 he made a cameo appearance as Jay Dee in the remake, which shares the original film’s name.

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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 portrayed Detective Mike Norris in “Child’s Play.”

In 1991 he played Charles Dexter Ward/Joseph Curwen in “The Resurrected”, a performance which earned him a nomination for the Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor. He voiced the main character, Jack Skellington, in Tim Burton’s 1993 animated Disney film, “The Nightmare Before Christma, a role which he’s reprised since in several 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 included Disneyland Halloween attractions, and events such as the Frightfully Fun Parade, Halloween Screams, and the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a three-month overlay when the actors recreated the movie – Jack and his friends took control of the mansion and tried to take over Christmas. In the 1993 film, Christopher voiced Jack for his speaking lines, but composer Danny Elfman sang for the character. In the video game spin-off “Oogie’s Revenge,” Christopher also sang for Jack.

Personal life

While attending The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., he met Susan Tomalin. They married on 16 September 1967, a union which lasted for 12 years until they divorced on 20 September 1979. Susan kept Christopher’s surname because she had already appeared in several film and television roles, and was gaining recognition and a reputation.

She has 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 as of mid-2020 has an estimated net worth of over $50 million.

On 4 October 1980, Christopher married fashion model Lisa Ann Cooper; they have two daughters and one son together, Stephanie born in 1982, Alexis in 1984 and Michael in 1988. After nine years of marriage, they divorced on 15 January 1989.

On 22 July 1994, he married singer and actress Joanna Gleason, which made 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 both were performing in the short-lived Broadway musical “Nick & Nora.” In 1998 they returned to the stage together in “Thorn and Bloom”, and they’ve appeared in several films together too, including “Edie & Pen” in 1996, “American Perfekt” in 1997, and 1999’s “Let the Devil Wear Black.”

In October 2007, they bought a rambling vintage home in Fairfield County, Connecticut.


Chris has dark brown eyes and brown hair, which is graying. He is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall.

Net worth and salary

Christopher’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million, as of mid-2020.

General Info

Full NameChris Sarandon
Height1.85 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationCatholic University of America, West Virginia University, Woodrow Wilson High School


SpouseJoanna Gleason, Lisa Ann Cooper, Susan Sarandon
ChildrenAlexis Sarandon, Michael Sarandon, Stephanie Sarandon
ParentsChris Sarandon, Sr., Cliffie Cardullias


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
MoviesThe Nightmare Before Christmas, Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, The Sentinel, Safe, Bordello of Blood, I Smile Back, The Osterman Weekend, The Resurrected, Slaves of New York, Edie and Pen, Multiple Sarcasms, Let the Devil Wear Black, Nausicaä of the Valley of the...
TV ShowsThe Court

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays doctors


1As an actor, we are, in a way, a mirror of other people.
2Being on stage is a seductive lifestyle. My advice to aspiring actors is think twice. People sometimes go into acting for the wrong reasons - as a shortcut to fame and fortune. If these goals are not attained, they feel a bitter disappointment. Acting should be an end in itself.


1Chris attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and was a member of a fraternity.
2Appearing with his wife, Joanna Gleason, in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia. [April 2003]
3Recently purchased a rambling vintage home in Fairfield County, Connecticut with his wife, Joanna Gleason. [October 2007]
4Playing "Signor Naccarelli" in the new 6-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical "The Light in the Piazza" at the Lincoln Center in Manhatten (will run through March 26). [January 2006]
5Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Helsingborg, Sweden [October 2009]
6Brother-in-law of Sharon Hall and Richard Hall.
7Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia.
8At the same time he was appearing on Broadway in "The Light in the Piazza", wife Joanna Gleason was appearing on Broadway in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".
9He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
10Was approached to reprise his role as Det. Mike Norris in Seed of Chucky (2004) but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
11In 1961 Sarandon made his theater debut at Theatre West Virginia's Grandview in "Honey in the Rock." He spent three seasons with the historical drama, playing a variety of roles, including a New River settler, a news reader, a sentry and Stonewall Jackson. He also doubled as a singer/dancer.
12Graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University.
13Two weeks after arriving in New York from regional theater, he landed a two-year role on the soap opera Guiding Light (1952).
14Has 3 children with Lisa Ann Cooper: Stephanie Sarandon (born in 1986), Michael Sarandon (born in 1984) and Alexis Sarandon (born in 1988).
15Son-in-law of Monty Hall.
16First wife Susan Sarandon got her big break when Chris brought her along on an audition.
17Worked at Theatre West Virginia.
18Attended the Catholic University of America Drama Dept, where he met and married Susan Sarandon (born Susan Tomalin) in 1968.




Three1998TV SeriesCole
The Practice1998TV SeriesDr. Jeffrey Winslow
The Underworld1997TV MovieJohnny
Road Ends1997Esteban Maceda
Perversions of Science1997TV SeriesCarson Walls
American Perfekt1997Deputy Sammy
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1997TV SeriesJim Dillingham Young / The Attendant
The Vampyre Wars1996
Bordello of Blood1996Reverend Current
Edie & Pen1996Max
Terminal Justice1996Reginald Matthews
Temptress1995Matt Christianson
No Greater Love1995TV MovieSam Horowitz
When the Dark Man Calls1995TV MovieLloyd Carson
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesDr. Pallas
Just Cause1995Lyle Morgan
Love & War1994TV SeriesDaniel
Fortune Hunter1994TV SeriesJackson Roddam
David's Mother1994TV MoviePhilip
Dark Tide1994Tim
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1994TV SeriesMartus Mazur
Picket Fences1993TV SeriesCole
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Jack Skellington (voice)
Lincoln and the War Within1992TV MovieAbraham Lincoln
A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story1992TV MoviePaul Solomon
Sisters1992TV SeriesHarry
Shatterbrain1991Charles Dexter Ward Joseph Curwen
The Stranger Within1990TV MovieDan
Shangri-La Plaza1990TV MovieVictorio
Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy1989TV MovieJohn Lenczowski
Forced March1989Ben Kline / Miklos Radnoti
Collision Course1989Philip Madras
Slaves of New York1989Victor Okrent
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July1988TV MovieGeorge Janus
Child's Play1988Mike Norris
Frankenstein1987TV MovieThe Creature
Mayflower Madam1987TV MovieMatt Whittington
The Princess Bride1987Prince Humperdinck
Liberty1986TV MovieJacque Marchant
This Child Is Mine1985TV MovieCraig Wilkerson
Fright Night1985Jerry Dandrige
Protocol1984Michael Ransome
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind1984Kurotowa (English version, voice)
The Osterman Weekend1983Joseph Cardone
Broken Promise1981TV MovieBud Griggs
A Tale of Two Cities1980TV MovieSydney Carton Charles Darnay
The Day Christ Died1980TV MovieJesus Christ
Cuba1979Juan Pulido
You Can't Go Home Again1979TV MovieGeorge Webber
The Sentinel1977Michael Lerman
Lipstick1976Gordon Stuart
Dog Day Afternoon1975Leon
Thursday's Game1974TV MovieCounselor
The Wide World of Mystery1974TV SeriesGeorge
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesTom Halverson (1969-1973)
Orange Is the New Black2016TV SeriesKip Carnigan
Disney Infinity 3.02015Video GameJack Skellington (voice)
The Sonnet Project2015TV Series
I Smile Back2015Roger
Big Stone Gap2014Mario Barbari
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes2014Video GameJack Skellington (voice)
Frank the Bastard2013Tristan Pace
Disney Infinity2013Video GameJack Skellington (voice)
Safe2012/IMayor Tremello
Fright Night2011Jay Dee
God in America2010TV SeriesAbraham Lincoln
The Good Wife2010TV SeriesJudge Howard Matchick
Multiple Sarcasms2010Larry
Psych2010TV SeriesAshton Bonaventure
The Unusuals2009TV SeriesWalter Shraeger
Great Performances2008TV SeriesDe Guiche
My Sassy Girl2008Dr. Roark
The Chosen One2007Zebulon 'Zeb' Kirk (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameJack Skellington (English version, voice)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2006TV SeriesWesley Masoner
Live from Lincoln Center2006TV SeriesSignor Naccarelli / Himself
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameJack Skellington (English version, voice)
Crazy2005TV Movie
Law & Order2002-2004TV SeriesHoward Pincham
The Dead Will Tell2004TV MoviePaul Hamlin
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge2004Video GameJack Skellington (voice)
Cold Case2004TV SeriesAdam Clarke (2004)
Skin2003TV SeriesMayor Coolidge
Charmed2003TV SeriesNecromancer / Armand
The Wild Thornberrys2003TV SeriesMyka
Judging Amy2002TV SeriesJudge Barry Krumble
Kingdom Hearts2002Video GameJack Skellington (voice)
The Court2002TV SeriesJustice Voorhees
The Griffin and the Minor Canon2002TV MovieMinor Canon (voice)
ER2000-2002TV SeriesDr. Burke
Perfume2001Gary Packer
Stark Raving Mad1999-2000TV SeriesCesar / Cesar Radford
Race Against Time2000TV MovieDr. Anton Stofeles
Reaper2000Luke Sinclair
Felicity1999TV SeriesDr. Peter McGrath
Let the Devil Wear Black1999Jack's Father
Chicago Hope1998TV SeriesDr. Gordon Mays
Little Men1998Fritz Bhaer


The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge2004Video Game performer: "Oogie's Song", "Sally's Song", "Dr. Finklestein's Song", "Take Our Town Back", "Hail to Mr. Oogie", "Casino Clash", "Spiral Hill", "Oh No!", "A Filthy Finale"
Fright Night1985"Strangers in the Night", uncredited


Road Ends1997co-producer


No moriré sola2008spiritual support


You're So Cool Brewster! The Story of Fright Night2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Why We (Heart) Vampires2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Safe: Criminal Battleground2012Video shortHimself
Side by Side by Susan Blackwell2011TV SeriesHimself
Evil Comes in Small Packages2008Video documentaryHimself
'Dog Day Afternoon': After the Filming2006Video shortHimself
'Dog Day Afternoon': Casting the Controversy2006Video shortHimself
'Dog Day Afternoon': Recreating the Facts2006Video shortHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend'2004Video documentaryHimself
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentaryHimself ("Mike" - Child's Play)
Gran premio internazionale della TV2003TV SeriesHimself - Winner
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentary
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Rescued from the Closet2001Video documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Pulp Comics: Julia Sweeney1998TV Special documentarySt. Paul
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Archive Footage

Curse of Chucky2013Mike Norris
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix2013Video GameJack Skellington
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesPrince Humperdinck
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009-2010TV Series documentaryJerry Dandrige / Mike Norris
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories2007Video GameJack Skellington
'Dog Day Afternoon': The Story2006Video shortHimself
Based on a True Story2004Documentary
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories2004Video GameJack Skellington
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesDr. Pallas


Nominated Awards

1992Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Resurrected (1991)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorFright Night (1985)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleDog Day Afternoon (1975)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - MaleDog Day Afternoon (1975)

3rd Place Awards

1975NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorDog Day Afternoon (1975)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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