Dennis Christopher

Actor
This once boyishly handsome, stage-trained character player enjoyed a brief stint as a Hollywood leading man in the late 1970s and early 80s after the surprising success of "Breaking Away" (1979). Christopher proved ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Perception 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unforgettable 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Leonide Moguy (Actor)

Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Queen of the Lot 2010 (Movie)

Odin Johannessen (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Lost Room 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadwood 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Angel 2004 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 (Tv Show)

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Six Feet Under 2003 (Tv Show)

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Crossing Jordan 2002 (Tv Show)

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Enterprise 2002 (Tv Show)

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Civil Wars 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Freakylinks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Roswell 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Tarzan's Return 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Burning Zone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Douglas Reedy (Actor)

The Sentinel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon 1994 (Movie)

Dale Porker (Actor)

Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II 1994 (Movie)

Leech (Actor)

The Disco Years 1994 (Movie)

Mr Reese (Actor)

The Silencers 1994 (Movie)

Comdor (Actor)

Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Curacao 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Stephen King's It 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Circuitry Man 1990 (Movie)

Leech (Actor)

Dead Women in Lingerie 1990 (Movie)

Lapin (Actor)

A Sinful Life 1989 (Movie)

Nathan Flowers (Actor)

Friends 1988 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Alien Predator 1987 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Jake Speed 1986 (Movie)

Desmond Floyd (Actor)

Flight of the Spruce Goose 1985 (Movie)

Friend (Actor)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Charles Paddock (Actor)

Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder 1981 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Fade to Black 1980 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

California Dreaming 1979 (Movie)

T T (Actor)

The Last Word 1978 (Movie)

Ben Travis (Actor)

9/30/55 1977 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Hughie Brenner (Actor)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood and Lace 1970 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

18 Wheels of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Aurora: Operation Intercept (TV Show)

Actor

Christabel (TV Show)

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Doppelganger (TV Show)

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False Arrest (TV Show)

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It (Movie)

Eddie Kaspbrak (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

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Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This once boyishly handsome, stage-trained character player enjoyed a brief stint as a Hollywood leading man in the late 1970s and early 80s after the surprising success of "Breaking Away" (1979). Christopher proved extremely likable as a young Italophile cyclist in middle America coming to grips with growing up. Though he was already 24 at the time, Christopher was so convincing at conveying the anxieties of youth that he won a Youth in Film Award. This could have been a career transforming role but he faltered with his next two projects, "Fade to Black" (1980) and "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder" (1982). The former was a gory thriller in which he went over-the-top as a movie-obsessed serial killer. Christopher shifted gears with the latter, playing a sensitive American GI paired with a dedicated doctor (Susan Saint James) during the Vietnam War. While his notices were respectable, the film failed to register at the box office. After a five year hiatus from the big screen, Christopher returned as a supporting player in genre movies beginning with the action comedy misfire "Jake Speed" (1986). This was followed by dubious (almost) direct-to-video titles and obscure international co-productions.

EDUCATION

studied acting with Tracy Roberts, Charles Conrad, Florence Riggs, David Craig, Stella Adler and Peggy Feury in Los Angeles

studied acting with Austin Pendleton and Michael Howard in NYC

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2012

Featured opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2006

Guest starred on HBO's "Deadwood"

2001

Earned good notices as the distant musician father in Pasadena Playhouse production of "Side Man"

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of Fox drama "FreakyLinks"

1998

Returned to NYC stage in off-Broadway play "Retribution"

1996

TV series debut, recurring role (uncredited voice) as an enigmatic serial killer on NBC's crime drama "Profiler"

1996

Joined impressive ensemble for Randal Kleiser's AIDS comedy-drama "It's My Party"

1990

Played seedy criminal Leech in the low-budget sci-fi actioner "Circuitry Man"; reprised role for "Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II" (1994)

1990

Network TV miniseries debut, "Stephen King's 'IT'" (ABC)

1989

TV acting debut, "Christabel", a four-part "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation

1986

Last role in a big-budget mainstream Hollywood film, "Jake Speed"

1982

Last starring role in a feature, "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder", as an American GI opposite Susan Saint James as a doctor in Vietnam

1981

Played the role of Leo Hubbard in stage revival of "The Little Foxes" in Florida, Washington DC and ultimately on Broadway opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton

1981

Featured in sport drama "Chariots of Fire"

1980

Starred opposite Farrah Fawcett in a Florida production of "Butterflies Are Free"

1979

Breakthrough feature lead, "Breaking Away"

1976

Made TV acting debut in NBC's "The Oregon Trail"

1974

Moved to New York; made stage debut in "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" at the Chelsea Theater Center at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

1972

Moved to Italy; cast in "Fellini's Roma"

1970

Made film acting debut in "Blood and Lace", a low-budget horror film starring Gloria Grahame

1970

Moved to California

Gained acclaim for his performance in Los Angeles production of "Balm in Gilead"

Moved to Paris; joined the Living Theater through which he acted in street theater and experimental films

Moved to California

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