Christopher Guest

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
One of the most unique voices in contemporary comedy, Christopher Guest earned a following with the acutely observed characters and spontaneous improvised spirit of "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), "Waiting for Guffman" ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1948 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Misery Loves Comedy 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Family Tree 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Ivan the Terrible (Actor)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Nathan Goldfrappe (Actor)

SpongeBob SquarePants 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Jay Berman (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

Lord Cromer (Actor)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Alan Barrows (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

Harlan Pepper (Actor)

Dilbert 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1991, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Morton & Hayes 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1991, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chris Farley: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Slamfist (Voice)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Corky St Clair (Actor)

A Spinal Tap Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Dr Stone (Actor)

The Simpsons 1992 (Tv Show)

Voice

Saturday Night Live 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners in Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Count Rugan (Actor)

Billy Crystal -- Don't Get Me Started 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)

1st Customer (Actor)

Martin Short Concert For the North Americas 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Nigel Tufnel (Actor)

Close Ties 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

Haywire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

Charlie Ford (Actor)

The Missing Link 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The TV Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

The Last Word 1978 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

The Lily Tomlin Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

La Honte de la jungle 1974 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

A Piano For Mrs. Cimino (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened One Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Infield (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Music (14)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

("The Purim Song") (Song)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Guitar (Music)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

("Irv's Blues") (Song Performer)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

("Old Joe's Place") (Song)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

("Louisianna Nights") (Song Performer)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

songs("Covered Wagons Open-Toed Shoes" "Stool Boom" "A Penny for Your Thoughts" "Nothing Ever Happens on Mars") (Song)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

music and lyrics (Music)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

("The Whites of Their Eyes") (Song)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

("Hell Hole" "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight") (Song Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

songs (Song)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Performer)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Music)
Director (9)

Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Almost Heroes 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sad Professor 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Best in Show 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peeping Times 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

Her Master's Voice 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the most unique voices in contemporary comedy, Christopher Guest earned a following with the acutely observed characters and spontaneous improvised spirit of "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), "Waiting for Guffman" (1997), and "Best in Show" (2000). Offbeat and satirical in nature, Guest's portraits of regular people with big dreams were effectively compelling as they steered clear of the mean spirit of Guest's early days as a writer for National Lampoon. The densely packed humor of his endlessly quotable ensemble comedies was unique for its basis in hyper-real, ultra-detailed characters that Guest and co-writer Eugene Levy created specifically for his troupe of exceptional actors. And his finest work as a director resulted from giving those actors the freedom to improvise their dialogue as he, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer did in their legendary rock-n-roll comedy "This is Spinal Tap" - inarguably the most truthful film about the rock lifestyle ever made, despite being a spoof. While his fictitious band spun off into a real life touring and recording act, the line between actor and character blurred further with frequent personal appearances as Tap's addled guitarist Nigel Tufnel, followed years later as 1960s folkie Alan Barrows from his folk music send-up "A Mighty Wind" (2003). Guest's impeccable eye for detail, his dry wit, and his abundant talent as a writer, director and performer made for an innovative voice in film with an exceedingly well-respected body of work.

Relationships

Jamie Lee Curtis Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 18, 1984 at Rob Reiner's home Co-founded Syzygy Industries

Albert Goldsmid

Great-Grandfather
Paternal great-grandfather; British Jew who founded Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade

Annie Guest Actor

Daughter
Born December 1986; adopted with wife Jamie Lee Curtis

Peter Guest

Father
British United Nations diplomat 1946-1972 Inherited title of 4th Baron Haden-Guest 1987 Died 1996 at age 82

Nicholas Guest Actor

Brother
Born May 5, 1951

Thomas Guest

Son
Born December 1996; adopted with wife Jamie Lee Curtis

Anthony Haden-Guest Actor

Half-Brother
Born Feb. 2, 1937 to Peter Haden-Guest and Elisabeth Furse

Jean Hindes

Mother
Former CBS vice president

Elissa Smith

Sister

EDUCATION

The High School of Music and Art

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York

Milestones

2009

Portrayed 'Ivan the Terrible' in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

2006

Co-wrote, directed and co-starred in Academy Awards parody, "For Your Consideration"

2003

Co-Wrote (with Eugene Levy), directed and co-starred in "A Mighty Wind"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his screenplay

2001

Wrote, directed and starred in the dog show-themed comedy, "Best in Show"

1998

Directed the comedy "Almost Heroes"

1997

Wrote, directed and starred in the cult hit "Waiting for Guffman"

1993

Directed Daryl Hannah in the title role of "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman" (HBO)

1992

Again collaborated with Rob Reiner for "A Few Good Men"

1991

Executive produced the CBS sitcom "Morton and Hayes"; also directed premiere episode

1989

Made directorial debut with the Hollywood satire, "The Big Picture"; also co-wrote

1988

Co-starred with Mayron in "Sticky Fingers"

1987

Re-teamed with Reiner for "The Princess Bride"

1984

Hired on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for one year only

1984

Had breakthrough role as guitarist Nigel Hufnel in Rob Reiner's mockumentary, "This Is Spinal Tap"; and co-wrote

1981

Re-teamed with Melanie Mayron in "Heartbeeps"

1980

Appeared with his brother Nicholas in Walter Hill's western, "The Long Riders"

1979

Played Jeb Stuart Magruder in the CBS miniseries, "Blind Ambition"

1978

First romantic lead opposite Melanie Mayron in "Girlfriends"

1977

TV-movie debut, "Billion Dollar Bubble" (NBC)

1977

Made TV episodic debut on "All in the Family" (CBS)

1975

Regular player on the ABC variety series, "Saturday Night With Howard Cosell"

1975

Co-wrote and performed in "The Lily Tomlin Special" (ABC)

1973

Was a member of the ensemble "National Lampoon's Lemmings" at the Village Gate Theatre in NYC

1972

Cast as Norman in Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" on Broadway

1970

Feature film debut playing a resident in "The Hospital"

1969

Broadway debut, "Room Service"

1968

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Little Murders"

1967

First collaboration with Michael McKean, playing in a band in New York

1966

Began acting at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater

Bonus Trivia

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"I have no concept of how some people create a product they think a lot of people will see." - Guest quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 14, 1997

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Guest on his character in "Waiting For Guffman": "I don't think it was a caricature, but a representation. I think those are different. I make it a point in characters that I do to inhabit these people with a certain viewpoint. I have to like them, and I think, if that happens, then the audience will like them." - from Venice magazine, February 1997

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"I don't make movies that make fun of anything. I think if you like the people, that's the important thing. Because if you don't like these people, if they were just to be a one-dimensional parody, then you have no investment emotionally in the end when you're waiting to hear who wins." - Guest on his film "Best in Show," quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 24, 2000

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