Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

Jun. 22nd, 1936
Born in
Brownsville, Texas, USA
5' 11

Kris Kristofferson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Texas Rising TV Show
Texas Rising
Dead Man's Gun (CA) TV Show
Dead Man's Gun (CA)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Dolphin Tale 2
2009 - He's Just Not That Into You
2009 - Powder Blue
2008 - Jump Out Boys
2007 - Disappearances
2006 - Fast Food Nation
2006 - Room 10
2005 - The Jacket
2005 - The Wendell Baker Story
2005 - Trudell
2004 - Blade Trinity
2002 - Blade II
2002 - D-Tox
2001 - Planet of the Apes
2001 - Wooly Boys
1999 - Payback
1998 - Blade
1998 - Girls' Night
1997 - Fire Down Below
1996 - Lone Star
1989 - Millennium
1988 - Big Top Pee-wee
1985 - Trouble in Mind
1984 - Flashpoint
1981 - Rollover
1980 - Heaven's Gate
1978 - Convoy
1977 - Semi-Tough
1976 - A Star Is Born
1974 - Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
1974 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1973 - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Devin Milford
Himself - Host
Kris Kristofferson
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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Kris Kristofferson's father was an Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California. From there, he earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford. He ultimately joined the army and achieved the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot, which served him well later. In 1965 he resigned his commission to pursue songwriting. He had just been assigned to become a teacher at West Point.

He got a job sweeping floors in Nashville studios. There he met 'Johnny Cash', who initially took some of his songs but ignored them. He was also working as a commercial 'copter pilot at the time. He got Cash's attention when he landed his helicopter in Cash's yard and gave him some more tapes. Cash then recorded Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down", which went was voted 1970's Song Of The Year by the Country Music Association. Kris was noted for his heavy boozing. He lost his helicopter pilot job when he passed out at the controls, and his drinking ruined his marriage to singer 'Rita Coolidge', when he was reaching a bottle and half of Jack Daniels daily. He gave up alcohol in 1976. His acting career nose-dived after making Heaven's Gate (1980) in 1980. In recent years he has made a comeback with his musical and acting careers. He does say that he prefers his music, but says his children are his true legacy.

  • Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2006 in Austin, Texas.
  • Wrote two tribute songs to his friend 'Sam Peckinpah' (qv). He called them "Sam's Song (Ask Any Working Girl)" and "One for the Money".
  • When Kristofferson hosted the season finale of _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1976, the cast and crew reported that he was drunk, and were worried that he wouldn't be able to do it. Still, Kristofferson proved himself to be quite the functioning drunk, and the show went pretty well. Kristofferson has remarked on numerous occasions that his drinking was often a way to survive when performing, because he is pretty shy and does not have a great deal of confidence in himself.
  • Became good friends with the late 'James Coburn (I)' (qv). They worked together on _Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)_ (qv), _Convoy (1978)_ (qv) and _Payback (1999/I)_ (qv). Coburn also sang some backup vocals on Kristofferson's album "Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame".
  • 'Cameron Crowe (I)' (qv) posed as a student at Clairemont High School to get material for the screenplay for _Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)_ (qv). The principal of Clairemont was not thrilled with the idea, but when he asked Crowe about musicians that he had met, he mentioned Kris Kristofferson. The principle was a big fan of Kristofferson and agreed to let Crowe on campus.
  • Attended Pomona College in Claremont, California with a BA in Creative Literature, graduated 1958.
  • Got his big break by landing a helicopter in 'Johnny Cash (I)' (qv)'s garden, then personally handing Cash tapes of songs that he had written himself.
  • He was going to star as the lead in _Hanover Street (1979)_ (qv), but dropped out to mount a concert tour instead. 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) got the part.

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