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The handsome, weird and worldly-looking Chris Sarandon has shown his versatility in everything from vampires to Jesus Christ in hypnotic performances that have not only been controversial but hard to resist. He was born Christopher Sarandon, Jr. Of Greek heritage on both sides family surname originally Sarondonethes , his mother, Cliffie Cardullias and father, Christopher Sarandon, Sr. As a teen, Chris appeared locally on the musical stage and played drums and sang back-up with a local band called The Teen Tones. His band toured following high school and backed up such music legends as Bobby Darin , Gene Vincent and Danny and the Juniors. He went on to attend the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his master's degree in theater and met first wife Susan Sarandon. They married in Touring with improv companies and in regional theater productions, he made his professional debut in "The Rose Tattoo" in and later joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company for a season. The Sarandons moved to New York in , wherein the dark and handsome charmer immediately nabbed the role of Dr. Tom Halverson on the daytime soap Guiding Light , a part that would last two years.
While that appearance was well received by its audience, Sarandon wouldn't achieve widespread critical recognition from the film industry until his portrayal of an overwrought transsexual opposite Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon Sarandon's performance earned him two prestigious nominations New Star of the Year - Male from the Golden Globes and Best Actor from the Academy , and by all indications, Sarandon was headed toward a bright future on the silver screen. Rather than jumping into a full-time movie career, however, Sarandon continued his work in theater he replaced Raul Julia in the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Two Gentlemen of Verona and appeared in a series of television roles, some of which such as A Tale of Two Cities in mirrored his affinity for the classics, while others -- namely The Day Christ Died, in which he played the title role -- offered an opportunity for the actor to get in touch with his religious side. Oddly enough, Sarandon would also appear in a slew of satanic or otherwise horror-themed films, including The Sentinel , Fright Night , and Child's Play It was his decidedly less grim role as the insidious Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride, however, that would bring his name back into the hearts of American audiences, albeit his place therein was reserved for fairy tale bad guys. Despite his success, Sarandon was unable to gain mainstream American recognition for a starring role, though his performance as a Holocaust survivor in Forced March did not go unnoticed by critics. Not long afterward, select U. In , Sarandon earned no small amount of approval for giving voice to Jack Skellington, the bony star of Tim Burton's gleefully sinister The Nightmare Before Christmas. After participating in a vampire documentary, an episode of the cult-favorite Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood, and, of all things, the film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's family classic Little Men, Sarandon landed a recurring role as Dr.
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