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ACTOR APPRECIATION

THE PUMPKIN KING: CHRIS SARANDON

October is for spooks, haunts, and things that go bump in the night. So what better way to start the Halloween season than celebrating the Pumpkin King himself, Chris Sarandon. Whether he plays a hero or a villain, Chris Sarandon has been in numerous films, television series and video games that many have grown up watching. From the Princess Bride to Child’s Play to Nightmare Before Christmas, Chris Sarandon always gives us a performance of a lifetime.

Grab some Halloween treats, turn on the spooky tunes and let’s dive in. It’s Actor Appreciation time! *Imitates Jack Skellington cackle*

Jack Skellington's Appearances

Movies

  • Nightmare Before Christmas

Videogames

  • Kingdom Hearts
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge        
  • Kingdom Hearts II          
  • Disney Infinity  
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix  
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix  
  • Disney Infinity 3.0

Theme Parks

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Halloween Screams
  • Frightfully Fun Parade
  • Disney on Ice

Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdinck!

Chris Sarandon plays the main antagonist of the 1987 live action fantasy film, The Princess Bride. Prince Humperdinck is known for his excellent tracking and hunting skills, noted by Buttercup when she is captured. He is very intelligent and he has a strong desire to become king.

Some notable quotes:

  • Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped. 
  • She is alive, or was an hour ago. If she is otherwise when I find her I shall be very put out.
  • You truly love each other and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the story books say. And so I think no man in a century will suffer as greatly as you will. 
  • Please consider me as an alternative to suicide. 

IT'S HORROR-FYING!

The Sentinel 1977

Headshot of Chris Sarandon in a gray suit and a mustache.

Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, a young model moves into an apartment that used to be a historic Brooklyn brownstone and finds outis owned by the Catholic diocese and is a gateway to Hell.

Fright Night 1985

Chris Sarandon wearing all white. He is smiling, with a menacing look in his eye..

This horror film is about a man who discovers that his neighbor is a vampire and when no one believes him, the man findsTV show host who acted in films as a vampire hunter, to stop Jerry's killing spree. 

Child’s play 1988

Chris Sarandon wearing a leather jacket, a brown tie, a gray stripped shirt and brown pants. He is sitting on the ground at the end of a bed, looking concerned. Next to him is a woman holding a young child.

A notorious serial killer escapes death after he is gunned down by Detective Mike Norris, Chris Sarandon's character, by performing a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul into a "Good Guy" doll which ends up in possession . 

Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood 1996

Chris Sarandon holding this metal thing. He is smiling and laughing sinisterly. He is wearing a brown suit. He is in an office with a flower arrangement and a picture of himself behind him.

A private investigator is hired to investigate the disappearance of the client's brother which leads him to a bordello run by Lilith. Chris Sarandon plays Reverend J.C. Current who runs a funeral home concealeda corrupt organization.

I KNOW THAT VOICE!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Animated Count Dracula

In 2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chris Sarandon plays Count Dracula in 3 episodes.

The Wild Thornberrys

Sad looking penguin

Chris Sarandon plays Myka, a penguinin the Wild Thornberrys in the episode "Look Who's Squawking" 

AS SEEN ON TV

A Tale of Two Cities

Chris Sarandon in a trifold hat and a old school suit and cloak.

During the French Revolution, Chris Sarandon plays an ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer and both characters in love with the same woman. 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Chris Sarandon is smiling. He is wearing a dark geometric shirt.

The fourth installment of the Star Trek Franchise, this series is focused on the space station Deep Space Nine that is next to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. Chris Sarandon played, Martus Mazur who was a El-Aurian refugee from the El-Aurian system during the late-24th century. He was a con artist who used his renowned skills as a "listener". 

Charmed

Chris Sarandon as the Necromance. He is wearing a white button up and a black jacket. He is standing next to a woman in a maroon turtle neck with a bulky brass necklace.

The Necromancer in the Charmed series was played by Chris Sarandon. He was a demon by the name of Armand. He and the grandmother of the Charmed Ones used to be in a relationship he betrayed her, causing her to vanquish him. 

Psych

Gold picture frame with Chris Sarandon holding a globe.

This crime comedy is about a "psychic" crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Chris Sarandon played a billionaire, Ashton Bonaventure, and the think tank that Shawn and Gus are hired on to help prevent the assassination of Ashton.

Orange is the New Black

Book with Chris Sarandon's face on it in front of prison cells. The Caption is: Kip Carnigan. Rewarden yourself.

The episode that Chris Sarandon is in is about an eventful trip to a prison convention and company policies lead to a shortage of critical supplies. 

Prop Culture

Jack Skellington figurine as Santa and is holding the reins of his sleigh.

In Prop Culture, Chris Sarandon interacts with one of the Jack Skellington puppets from the movie.

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?

  • Guiding Light
    • Dr. Tom Halverson 
  • The Outer Limits
    • Dr. Pallas 
  • The Practice
    • Dr Jeffrey Winslow 
  • Chicago Hope
    • Dr. Gordon Mays 
  • Felicity
    • Dr. Peter McGrath 
  • ER
    • Dr. Burke 
  • Race Against Time 
    • Dr. Anton Stofeles 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE... IN THE THEATER

  • 1965 - The Rose Tattoo
  • 1970 - The Rothschilds 
  • 1971 - Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • 1977 - Marco Polo Sings a Solo  
  • 1978 - Broadway
  • 1979 - The Woods
  • 1980 - Censored Scenes From King Kong
  • 1985 - The Voice of the Turtle
  • 1991 - Nick & Nora
  • 2005 - The Light in the Piazza
  • 2007 - Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 2011 - Through a Glass
  • 2012 - The Exonerated
  • 2015 - Preludes