• Christopher Sarandon Jr. was born on 25 July 1942 in Beckley, West Virginia, USA.
• He has a net worth estimated to be over $5 million.
• He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and later studied for a degree in speech at West Virginia University.
• He then enrolled at The Catholic University of America (CUA) to gain a master's degree in theatre.
• His notable works include the role of Prince Humperdinck in “The Princess Bride”, voicing Jack Skellington in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and appearing in the television series “ER”.

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SpouseJoanna Gleason, Lisa Ann Cooper, Susan Sarandon
MarkOften plays doctors
FactGraduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University.

Who is Chris Sarandon?

Christopher Sarandon Jr. was born on 25 July 1942, in Beckley, West Virginia, USA. He is an actor as well as a voice actor, best known for his role in “The Princess Bride” – in which he played Prince Humperdinck –  and for voicing the character Jack Skellington in the animated film “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

The Riches of Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon has a net worth estimated to be over $5 million, earned through success in the entertainment industry. He’s been taking acting and voice acting roles since 1965, all of which have helped establish his wealth.

Early Life and Education

Chris is of Greek ancestry, with both of his parents migrating to the US, and becoming restaurateurs. His father’s original surname was Sarondonethes but later changed it to Sarandon. At a early age he developed an interest in pursuing a career in acting, and he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. After matriculating, he enrolled at West Virginia University where he studied for a degree in speech. The university has over 25,000 students enrolled annually, offering over 350 degree programs spanning undergraduate and graduate levels. They have a lot of notable alumni in the field of athletics and academics.

Following the completion of his degree, he enrolled at The Catholic University of America (CUA) to gain a master’s degree in theatre, committing fully to the craft. The private university was fou,nded by the US Catholic bishops in 1887, though it did not offer undergraduate programs until 1904. It is one of the best colleges of the US according to the “Princeton Review”, and has received numerous awards for its achievements as well as its environment. It has been described by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the most underrated higher educational institutions in the country.

Chris Sarandon

The school is closely connected to the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Their programs focus on personal development, liberal arts, and professional education.

Career Beginnings

After graduating, Sarandon started working on stage in theatrical projects and improvisational companies. He became involved in regional theatre, making his debut in “The Rose Tattoo” in 1965. After a few years he moved to New York City, where he gained a role in the soap opera “Guiding Light”, which is the longest-running drama in US TV history – a total of 57 years.

He only stayed a year with the show however, as he moved on to another role, portraying the transgender wife of Al Pacino’s character in “Dog Day Afternoon”. The film is based on the article “The Boys in the Bank”, and received a lot of critical acclaim, with his own performance earning him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Afterwards he worked on Broadway, appearing in plays such as “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “The Rothschilds”. He also appeared in the films “The Sentinel”, and “Lipstick”, which is a thriller.

Continued Acting Projects

At this point, Chris was mainly cast in villainous roles, and not wanting to be typecast he started taking on other types of characters to showcase his versatility. He received acclaim for his performance in the television movie “A Tale of Two Cities”, in which he played Sydney Carton. He starred in the film “The Osterman Weekend” alongside Dennis Hopper, and then opposite Goldie Hawn in the film “Protocol”. In 1985, he had a mainstream resurgence as he portrayed the vampire neighbor in “Fright Night”, the directorial debut of Tom Holland, which follows the story of a young man who discovers that his neighbor is a vampire, but no one believes him.

His next big role came in 1987’s “The Princess Bride” in which  he starred opposite Cary Elwes. It is based on the 1973 novel of the same name, and follows the story of a farmboy who needs to rescue his sweetheart. The film was well received, but only had moderate success at the box office, although it’s since become a cult classic. The following year, he was cast in the film “Child’s Play”, the first installment of what would be a series of films featuring the character Chucky.

Latter Career

Chris’s next move was to become the voice of the main character of the Disney film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – he would reprise this role of Jack Skellington in numerous projects, including the video game series “Kingdom Hearts”, and Disneyland attractions such as Haunted Mansion Holiday. He later returned to television, working in the television series “ER” as the recurring character Dr. Burke; as the name denotes, it follows the day to day incidents in the emergency room of a fictional hospital, with staff facing health crises and personal problems.

He also continued to work on Broadway, performing in musicals such as “Nick & Nora”. He played the character Signor Naccarelli in the Tony Award-winning musical entitled “The Light in the Piazza”, worked with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner in a production of “Cyrano de Bergerac”, and performed in the off-Broadway musical called “Preludes”. His latest role was voicing the character Dracula in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in 2017.

Personal Life

Chris’ first marriage was to actress Susan Sarandon in 1967 – the two were known for pursuing acting careers together following their marriage. They stayed together for 12 years, then after their divorce he started dating model Lisa Ann Cooper – they married in 1980, and had three children before divorcing in 1989. In 1994, he married singer and actress Joana Gleason, whom he met while working on the production “Nick & Nora”. The two have since worked on several stage plays and films together, including “American Perfekt”, “Edie & Pen”, and “Thom and Bloom”.

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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

Social profile links


#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

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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