KRIS KRISTOFFERSON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Kris Kristofferson was born on June 22nd, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas with the birth name Kristoffer Kristian Kristofferson, born to Mary Ann and Lars Henry Kristofferson. He grew up in a military family and originally followed his father's wishes to pursue a career in the military.
Being raised in a military family, they moved frequently and finally settled in San Mateo, California where he graduated from San Mateo High School. He enrolled at Pomona College in California and graduated in 1958 with a BAS in Literature. He then earned a Rhodes scholarship to go on and study at Oxford University where he excelled at writing and was also a very talented boxer.
He had tried to get his music writing career off the ground, but with little success, he then did as his father had hoped for, becoming a member of the United States Army. He worked his way up to Captain as well as received training as a helicopter pilot. Kris later decided to leave the military and pursue his interest as a song writer, for which his family never forgave him for making that career decision.
While working part time at Columbia Studio's in Nashville as a janitor he met Johnny Cash and submitted some of his songs to them, however Cash showed no interest. Along with this job he was also working part time as a helicopter pilot for Petroleum Helicopters International. Later, when he actually landed his helicopter in Cash's yard and re-submitted some of his lyrics, Johnny Cash agreed to look at them and this time, Cash recorded Kristofferson's song, "Sunday Morning Coming Down".
His music career continued with being signed to Epic Records in 1967 and released such singles as, "Golden Idol", "Jody and the Kid", "From the Bottle to the Bottom", "Once More with Feeling", "Darby's Castle" and "Me and Bobby McGee". He was later signed to Monument Records as an actual recording artist not just a writer. Throughout his early music career his songs earned such honors as "Song of the Year" from the Academy of Country Music for his song, "For the Good Times" and for the song, "Sunday Morning Coming Down", he won the same award from the Country Music Association.
After releasing a couple other albums and establishing himself has a top recording artist he then broke into the other side of the entertainment industry making his acting debut in the film, "The Last Movie" (1971). He continued to make music and then even though his records were successful, he decided to turn his focus to acting.
Some of his early film roles he added to his resume were on, "Blume in Love" (1973), "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974), "Convoy" (1978), "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), "Vigilante Force" (1976) and "A Star is Born" (1976) co-starring with Barbra Streisand for which he earned a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Now established in the entertainment industry as a song writer, recording artist and now actor, many doors continued to open for his career. However, with the release of his next solo album being unsuccessful, he again remained focused on acting.
As his career progressed he would add such film credits to his resume as, "Freedom Road" (1979), "Heaven's Gate" (1980), "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James" (1986), "Millennium" (1989), "Playback" (1999), "Blade" (1998), "Blade II" (2002) and "Blade: Trinity" (2004).
In 1999, he had elective heart bypass surgery but this did not affect his career and he was back at work that same year. Kris remained making music and still working as an actor and although, music was his true passion, his career in acting seemed to be more successful for him in his later years.
Kris Kristofferson mainly focused on working in films although he did have a couple television series roles on such programs as, "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Dead Man's Gun". He also appeared on the television movies, "Pair of Aces" (1990), "Miracle in the Wilderness" (1992), "Sod Busters" (1994), "Tad" (1995), "Blue Rodeo" (1996) and "Lives of the Saints" (2004).
Most recently he has appeared on the films, "Dolphin Tale" (2011), "The Greening of Whitney Brown" (2011), "Joyful Noise" (2012), "Blackbird" (2012) and soon to release in, "The Motel Life", "When Angels Sing" and "Shoedog".
He has married three times throughout his lifetime, first to Frances Beer from 1961 and after having two children this marriage ended in 1973. He then married singer Rita Coolidge in 1973 and they had one child together before this marriage also came to an end in 1980. His third and current wife is Lisa Meyers whom he wed in 1983 and they have five children together.
Kris has battled alcoholism for most of his life, however in 1976 he became sober and has in recent years been able to make a comeback to the industry. He has been inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2012 When Angels Sing
2012 The Motel Life
2012 Joyful Noise
2011 The Greening of Whitney Brown
2011 Dolphin Tale
2010 Underground Entertainment: The Movie
2010 Fallout: New Vegas
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
2010 Yohan - Barnevandrer
2009 For Sale by Owner
2009 He's Just Not That Into You
2009 Powder Blue
2008 Jump Out Boys
2008 Snow Buddies
2007 I'm Not There.
2007 Crossing the Heart
2006 Room 10
2006 Fast Food Nation
2005 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
2005 14 Hours
2005 The Wendell Baker Story
2005 The Jacket
2004 Blade: Trinity
2004 Forever Is a Long, Long Time
2004 Lives of the Saints
2004 Silver City
2003 Where the Red Fern Grows
2003 The Break
2002 Blade II
2001 Wooly Boys
2001 Chelsea Walls
2001 Planet of the Apes
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder
1999 The Joyriders
1997-1999 Dead Man's Gun
1999 The Long Kill
1998 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
1998 Dance with Me
1998 Girls' Night
1998 Two for Texas
1997 Fire Down Below
1997 Dead Man's Gun
1996 Blue Rodeo
1995 Brothers' Destiny
1995 Pharaoh's Army
1994 The Larry Sanders Show
1993 Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth
1993 Paper Hearts
1993 No Place to Hide
1992 Original Intent
1992 Christmas in Connecticut
1991 Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind
1991 Night of the Cyclone
1990 Pair of Aces
1989 Welcome Home
1988 Big Top Pee-wee
1988 The Tracker
1986 Blood & Orchids
1986 The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James
1985 Trouble in Mind
1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck
1982 The Last Horror Film
1980 Heaven's Gate
1979 Freedom Road
1976 A Star Is Born
1976 Vigilante Force
1976 The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
1973 Blume in Love
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
1973 Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus
1972 Cisco Pike
1971 The Last Movie