Kris Kristofferson

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
A former U. S. Army captain who turned to songwriting and helped rejuvenate the country-and-western scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s with songs like "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1936 in Brownsville, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (195)

7 Minutes 2015 (Movie)

Mr. B (Actor)

Austin City Limits 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundstage 1987 - 1992, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Dave 1987 - 1992, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Texas Rising 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

Reed Haskett (Actor)

Midnight Stallion 2014 (Movie)

Jack Shepard (Actor)

Snow Buddies 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Talon (Actor)

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Where the Red Fern Grows 2014 (Movie)

Older Billy Coleman (Actor)

Angels Sing 2013 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Road To Austin 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Motel Life 2013 (Movie)

Earl Hurley (Actor)

Deadfall 2012 (Movie)

Chet Mills (Actor)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

Bernard Sparrow (Actor)

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bloodworth 2011 (Movie)

E.F. Bloodworth (Actor)

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Reed Haskett (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Greening of Whitney Brown 2011 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Luck 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

Ken Murphy (Actor)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Sheriff Wilson Landry (Actor)

Powder Blue 2008 (Movie)

Randall (Actor)

The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Disappearances 2007 (Movie)

Quebec Bill Bonhomme (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 40th Annual CMA Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

L. R. Nasher (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Rudy Martin (Actor)

I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Lords of the Street 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 39th Annual CMA Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Trudell 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

14 Hours 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

Pop Crane (Actor)

Lives of the Saints 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Requiem for Billy the Kid 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Becker (Actor)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Whistler (Actor)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Wes Benteen (Actor)

Wooly Boys 2004 (Movie)

Shuck (Actor)

American Roots Music 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Blade II 2002 (Movie)

Whistler (Actor)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

Legends 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Detox 2001 (Movie)

Doctor John Mitchell 'Doc' (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Karubi (Actor)

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Actor

CMA 40th: A Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

Smilin' Jack Johansson (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Bronson (Actor)

The Joyriders 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Clancy's NetForce 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

Bill Willis (Actor)

Blade 1998 (Movie)

Whistler (Actor)

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Journey Inside Tibet 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dolly Parton: Treasures 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Orin Sr (Actor)

Girls' Night 1997 (Movie)

Cody (Actor)

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1997 (Movie)

Rudolph Meyer (Actor)

The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock 1997 (Movie)

Doc--Voice (Actor)

The Life and Times of Willie Nelson 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever is a Long Time 1996 (Movie)

Ghost of Hank Williams (Actor)

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Charlie Wade (Actor)

American Music Shop (09/14/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Spotlight 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Aron Presley: The Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson: Songwriter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Pharaoh's Army 1995 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

The Road Home 1995 (Movie)

Davis (Actor)

Adventures of the Old West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Songs of Six Families 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheatin' Hearts 1993 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In Country: Songs of the Vietnam War 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Knights 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

No Place To Hide 1993 (Movie)

Joe Garvey (Actor)

Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Texas Connection 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Connecticut 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Highwaymen 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Highwaymen Live! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Original Intent 1991 (Movie)

Jack Saunders (Actor)

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Pair of Aces 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfume of the Cyclone 1990 (Movie)

Stan Wozniak (Actor)

Sandino 1990 (Movie)

Tom Holte (Actor)

Texas and Tennessee... A Musical Affair 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Judy Collins: Going Home 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Millennium 1989 (Movie)

Bill Smith (Actor)

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

Jake Robbins (Actor)

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

Mace Montana (Actor)

Buddy Holly and the Crickets -- A Tribute 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tracker 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood & Orchids 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Stagecoach 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: Christmas on the Road 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

John Hawkins-- (Actor)

Flashpoint 1984 (Movie)

Bob Logan (Actor)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

Blackie Buck (Actor)

A Special Anne Murray Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Rollover 1981 (Movie)

Hub Smith (Actor)

Heaven's Gate 1980 (Movie)

James Averill (Actor)

Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

Rubber Duck (Actor)

Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

Marvin "Shake" Tiller (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

John Norman Howard (Actor)

Vigilante Force 1976 (Movie)

Aaron Arnold (Actor)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

David (Actor)

I Believe in Music 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea 1974 (Movie)

Jim Cameron (Actor)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

Elmo (Actor)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1973 (Movie)

Paco (Actor)

Dean Martin Presents Music Country, U.S.A. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Free To Be...You And Me 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

Cisco Pike (Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

Billy the Kid (Actor)

A Tribute to Ricky Nelson (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Rodeo (TV Show)

Actor

Coming & Going (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Road (TV Show)

Actor

Hawk (Movie)

(Actor)

Inflammable (TV Show)

Actor

John Ford at War (TV Show)

Narrator

Johnny Cash: American Rebel (TV Show)

Interviewee

Miracle in the Wilderness (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Sodbusters (TV Show)

Actor

Tad (TV Show)

Actor

The Door Is Always Open (TV Show)

Actor

Two For Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson: My Life (TV Show)

Actor
Music (45)

Being Evel 2015 (Movie)

("Nobody Wins") (Song Performer)

Being Evel 2015 (Movie)

("Nobody Wins") (Song)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

("Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)") (Song Performer)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

("Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)") (Song)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

("Help Me Make It Through The Night") (Song)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

How to Train Your Dragon 2010 (Movie)

Warpipe (Soloist)

Watchmen 2009 (Movie)

("Me And Bobby McGee") (Song)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

"They Ain't Got 'Em All" (Song Performer)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

("Me And Bobby McGee") (Song)

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

("Me And Bobby McGee") (Song)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

("For The Good Times") (Song Performer)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

("Why Me Lord?") (Song)

The 37th Annual CMA Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

("One Day at the Time") (Song)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

("Help Me Make it Through the Night") (Song)

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

("Me and Bobby McGee") (Song)

Cheatin' Hearts 1993 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Mascara 1987 (Movie)

("Help Me Make It Through the Night") (Song)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("One Day at a Time") (Song)

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

("El Gavilan") (Song)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

("How Do You Feel About Fooling Around" "Forever in Your Love" "Night to Remember" "Who Am I" "Under the Gun" "Cajun Hideaway") (Song)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Beyond Reasonable Doubt 1983 (Movie)

("Help Me Make It Through the Night") (Song)

Maeve 1982 (Movie)

("One Day at a Time") (Song)

Traveller 1982 (Movie)

("One Day at a Time") (Song)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

songs("Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" "You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)") (Song)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

("Me and Bobby McGee") (Song)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

("Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down") (Song)

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea 1974 (Movie)

("Seadream Theme") (Song)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Janis 1973 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

(Song)

The Gospel Road 1972 (Movie)

(Song)

Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Running Mates (TV Show)

Song

The Fear Inside (TV Show)

Song
Writer (1)

Just Friends 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

A former U. S. Army captain who turned to songwriting and helped rejuvenate the country-and-western scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s with songs like "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "Me and Bobby McGee," Kris Kristofferson made the rare successful segue into films. Making his acting debut as a singer in Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie" (1971), Kristofferson quickly gained stature as an actor with "Cisco Pike" (1972), "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974) and "A Star is Born" (1976). Though years of alcoholism and later triple-bypass heart surgery slowed down the momentum throughout his career, Kristofferson routinely bounced back better than before, establishing himself as a grizzled veteran performer and bona fide music legend.

Relationships

Frances Beer

Wife
High school sweethearts Married Feb. 11, 1961 Divorced Aug. 15, 1973

Rita Coolidge Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 17, 1973 Divorced June 26, 1980

Janis Joplin Song Performer

Companion
Briefly involved 1969

Karen Kirschenbauer Actor

Sister
Born Dec. 18, 1938 Died May 6, 2005

Henry Kristofferson

Father

Tracy Kristofferson Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 9, 1962; mother, Frances Beer Associate producer for "Pharoah's Army" (1995), which starred father

Mary Ann Kristofferson

Mother

Casey Kristofferson

Daughter
Born 1974; mother, Rita Coolidge

Kelly Kristofferson

Daughter
Born 1991; mother, Lisa Meyers

Blake Kristofferson

Son
Born July 1994; mother, Lisa Meyers; named for poet William Blake

Jesse Kristofferson

Son
Born 1984; mother, Lisa Meyers

Jody Kristofferson

Son
Born May 1985; mother, Lisa Meyers

Johnny Kristofferson

Son
Born 1988; mother, Lisa Meyers; named for Johnny Cash

Kris Kristofferson

Son
Born 1968; mother, Frances Beer

Kraigher Kristofferson

Brother
Born 1943

Lisa Meyers Hair Stylist

Wife
Married Feb. 19, 1983

Barbra Streisand Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in the 1970s Co-starred in "A Star Is Born" (1976)

EDUCATION

attended a high school in San Mateo, California

Pomona College

Claremont , California 1958

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
pursued graduate studies as Rhodes Scholar; studied the poetry of William Blake

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"

2012

Cast opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in crime drama "Deadfall"

2011

Cast in the family drama "Dolphin Tale," starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman

2009

Joined the ensemble cast of the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You"

2007

Narrated the Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There."

2006

Cast as part of an ensemble in "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's adaptation of Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book

2005

Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell in the family drama "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"

2005

Cast opposite Adrien Brody in the psychological thriller "The Jacket"

2004

Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City," which starred Chris Cooper, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfuss

2004

Featured in "The Big Bounce," based on the novel by legendary crime fiction writer Elmore Leonard

2002

Played a writer in "Chelsea Walls"

2001

Co-starred in the Tim Burton directed remake of "Planet of the Apes"

1999

Played a villain opposite Mel Gibson in "Payback"

1999

Reteamed with Sayles for "Limbo"

1998

Played character based on novelist James Jones in the Merchant-Ivory film "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", adapted from the novel by Jones' daughter Kaylie

1996

Rejuvenated career with malignant presence in John Sayles' "Lone Star"

1995

Portrayed Abraham Lincoln in "Tad" (The Family Channel)

1994

Played Destiny in Showtime comedy Western "Sodbusters"

1993

Scored "Cheatin' Hearts"; also co-starred

1992

Starred in Arnold Schwarzenegger's TV directorial debut "Christmas in Connecticut" (TNT)

1991

Released the album The Best of Kris Kristofferson

1990

Acted in "Pair of Aces", a CBS movie followed by a sequel, "Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind" (1991); Nelson executive produced and acted in both

1987

Starred in the ABC miniseries "Amerika"

1986

Starred in CBS miniseries "Blood and Orchids"

1986

Portrayed Jesse James in CBS movie "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James"; acted with Nelson and Cash

1986

Teamed with Nelson (who served as executive producer), Cash and Jennings for TV remake of "Stagecoach" (CBS)

1985

Joined with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to form The Highwaymen

1984

Reteamed with Rudolph for "Trouble in Mind"

1984

First of two features with director Alan Rudolph, "Songwriter"; also scored; received Oscar nomination for Best Original Song Score

1981

November issue of Esquire magazine emphasized his drug use; quit soon thereafter

1980

Career's momentum halted by starring role in Michael Cimino's disastrous "Heaven's Gate"

1979

Starred in NBC miniseries "Freedom Road"

1978

Last film with Peckinpah, "Convoy"

1976

Acted opposite Barbra Streisand in the remake of "A Star Is Born"

1974

Reteamed with Peckinpah for "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia"

1974

Played the romantic interest to Ellen Burstyn in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

1973

First of three films directed by Sam Peckinpah, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"

1972

First leading role in features, "Cisco Pike"

1970

Film acting debut (bit part) in "The Last Movie"

1970

Contributed songs to Monte Hellman's feature "Two-Lane Blacktop"

1969

Recorded debut album Kristofferson

1969

Credited as writer for the ABC special "Just Friends"

1968

First song recorded professionally, "Me and Bobby McGee" (by Roger Miller)

1965

Went to Nashville on vacation; moved there to sell his songs weeks before he was to have begun teaching English at West Point

1960

Served with U.S. Air Force in Germany after Oxford (reached rank of captain)

Was a Golden Gloves boxer

Worked as folk singer under the name Kris Carson while at Oxford

Bonus Trivia

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Kristofferson won first and third place in the 1958 Atlantic Monthly Collegiate Short Story Contest.

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The actor received an honorary doctorate from Pomona College (his Alma mater) in 1974.

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Kristofferson was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

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He received Grammy nominations for Best Song in 1971 for both "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "Me and Bobby McGee." He also received Grammy nominations for Best Country Song in 1971 ("For the Good Times") and in 1973 ("Why Me?").

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Kristofferson gave up alcohol on Sept. 21, 1976.

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Kristofferson underwent cardiac bypass surgery in May 1999.

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