Chris Isaak

Musician, Singer, Songwriter
A blue-eyed, retro-hip crooner who has crossed over into acting, Chris Isaak has lent his smooth mournful guitar and lilting vocals to several feature soundtracks. The son of a blue-collar California family, Isaak ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1956 in Stockton, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Over the Garden Wall 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Cleveland Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Chris Isaak Hour 2001 - 2004, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Friends 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1995 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundstage 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Isaak Show 1995 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Informers 2009 (Movie)

Les Price (Actor)

Elvis: Viva Las Vegas 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Engvall Show 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chris Isaak Christmas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dirty Shame 2004 (Movie)

Vaughn Stickles (Actor)

American Dreams 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Ridge Fall 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Politically Incorrect After Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Matthew Lewis (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Uncle Bob (Actor)

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Independence Day Concert 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Buddha 1994 (Movie)

Dean Conrad (Actor)

Independence Day Concert 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Special Agent Chester Desmond (Actor)

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

Swat Commander (Actor)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor
Music (34)

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("This Love Will Last") (Song Performer)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("This Love Will Last") (Song)

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

("Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing") (Song Performer)

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

("Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing") (Song)

The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Chasing Liberty 2004 (Movie)

("Life Will Go On") (Song Performer)

Chasing Liberty 2004 (Movie)

("Life Will Go On") (Song)

The Chris Isaak Show 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Music

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Besame Mucho") (Song Performer)

Target Stars on Ice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Wicked Game") (Song Performer)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (Movie)

("Baby Did A Bad Thing") (Song Performer)

Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

("Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing") (Song Performer)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

("Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing") (Song)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

("I Wonder") (Song Performer)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

("I Wonder") (Song Performer)

Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

A Perfect World 1993 (Movie)

("Dark Moon" "The Little White Cloud That Cried") (Song Performer)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

("Wicked Game") (Song Performer)

The Cutting Edge 1992 (Movie)

("Diddley Daddy") (Song Performer)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

("Wicked Game" "In the Heat of the Jungle" "Blue Spanish Sky") (Song Performer)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

songs("Wicked Game" "In the Heat of the Jungle" "Blue Spanish Sky") (Song)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

("Suspicion of Love") (Song Performer)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

North Shore 1987 (Movie)

("Blue Hotel") (Song Performer)

North Shore 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

("Livin' For Your Lover" "Gone Ridin'") (Performer)

Modern Girls 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Song

Biography

A blue-eyed, retro-hip crooner who has crossed over into acting, Chris Isaak has lent his smooth mournful guitar and lilting vocals to several feature soundtracks. The son of a blue-collar California family, Isaak studied in Japan in the 1970s, then began his music career with the band Silvertone in the mid-80s. He first came to filmgoers' attention with songs in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Wild at Heart" (1990), notably the hit "Wicked Game". He has also been heard on the soundtracks of "Modern Girls" (1986), "North Shore" (1987), "Shag" and "Married to the Mob" (both 1988). Between record releases and tours, Isaak has recorded for such latter-day films as Edward Zwick's "Leaving Normal" (1992), Clint Eastwood's "A Perfect World" (1993) and Ron Shelton's "Tin Cup" (1996).

Relationships

Margaret Cho Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated, but are no longer together

Clarence Isaak

Father

Dorothy Isaak

Mother

Jeff Isaak

Brother
Born in 1953

Nick Isaak

Brother
Born in 1951

Bai Ling Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in the late 1990s no longer together

Milestones

2009

Hosted "The Chris Isaak Hour" on the Biography Channel

2009

Joined the ensemble cast of "The Informers"; based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis

2004

Appeared as Roy Orbison in the NBC drama "American Dreams"

2004

Co-starred with Tracey Ullman and Johnny Knoxville in John Waters' "A Dirty Shame"

2001

Featured as a correspondent for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)

2001

Starred in "The Chris Isaak Show" (Showtime) as himself and featured actual members of his band

1999

"Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut"

1998

Appeared in the HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon"

1996

Made first TV appearance on an episode of "Friends" (NBC)

1993

Co-starred in the Bernardo Bertolucci-directed, "Little Buddha"

1992

Played a major role in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"

1991

Had a small role in Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs"

1990

An instrumental version of "Wicked Game" was featured in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"

1989

Released third album, Heart Shaped World; featured the hit song "Wicked Game"

1988

Feature acting debut in "Married to the Mob"

1986

First film to feature his music, David Lynch's "Blue Velvet"

1986

Released second self-titled album, Chris Isaak

1985

Released debut album, Silvertone; also the name of Isaak's backing band

Moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s

Studied in Japan in the 1970s

Signed a contract with Warner Bros. Records

Bonus Trivia

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Website: www.chrisisaak.com

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"He's got a look and an attitude; he's handsome, but looks kind of beaten up, too. He's more like an actor from the 40s or 50s" - director David Lynch on Isaak, from The New York Times, June 16, 1995

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