Jun. 22nd, 1936
Brownsville, Texas, USA
Kris Kristofferson's Main TV Roles
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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.
- Played football with 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv) in preparation for _Semi-Tough (1977)_ (qv). Both men had been outstanding footballers in college - Reynolds almost turned pro.
- Among his personal heroes are Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, and Mohandas Gandhi.
- Brother of 'Karen Kirschenbauer' (qv).
- Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004
- Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2006 in Austin, Texas.
- Father of 'Tracy Kristofferson' (qv) and Kris Kristofferson (b. 1968) with Frances Beir. Casey Kristofferson (b. 1974) with 'Rita Coolidge' (qv). Jesse Turner Kristofferson (b. 1984), Jody Ray Kristofferson (b. 1985), Johnny Kristofferson (b. 1988), Kelly Marie Kristofferson (b. 1991) and Blake Cameron Kristofferson (b. 1994) with 'Lisa Meyers' (qv).
- Rhodes Scholar
- On an interview he did before his concert in Finland, he told that his original ancestry is Finnish.