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      Christopher Guest

      Christopher Guest

      Highest Rated: 96% This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)

      Birthday: Feb 5, 1948

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      One of the most unique voices in contemporary comedy, Christopher Guest earned a following with the acutely observed characters and spontaneous improvised spirit of "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), "Waiting for Guffman" (1997), and "Best in Show" (2000). Offbeat and satirical in nature, Guest's portraits of regular people with big dreams were effectively compelling. The densely packed humor of his endlessly quotable ensemble comedies was unique for its basis in hyper-real, ultra-detailed characters that Guest and co-writer Eugene Levy created specifically for his troupe of exceptional actors. And his finest work as a director resulted from giving those actors the freedom to improvise their dialogue as he, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer did in their legendary rock-n-roll comedy "This is Spinal Tap" - inarguably the most truthful film about the rock lifestyle ever made, despite being a spoof. While his fictitious band spun off into a real life touring and recording act, the line between actor and character blurred further with frequent personal appearances as Tap's addled guitarist Nigel Tufnel, followed years later as 1960s folkie Alan Barrows from his folk music send-up "A Mighty Wind" (2003). Guest's impeccable eye for detail, his dry wit, and his abundant talent as a writer, director and performer made for an innovative voice in film with an exceedingly well-respected body of work.

      Highest rated movies

      96% The Princess Bride 96% This Is Spinal Tap
      93% Best in Show
      93% Girlfriends
      91% Waiting for Guffman
      91% Little Shop of Horrors
      87% A Mighty Wind
      84% A Few Good Men

      Photos

      Christopher Guest THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, 1984 GIRL FRIENDS, from left: Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, 1978 GIRL FRIENDS, from left: Christopher Guest, Melanie Mayron, 1978 THE LONG RIDERS, Christopher Guest, Nicholas Guest, 1980, (c) United Artists THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, 1984 GIRL FRIENDS, from left: Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, 1978 THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Christopher Guest, 1984, (c)Embassy Pictures WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, Christopher Guest, 1996, (c) Sony Pictures Classics THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, 1984, musicians THE LONG RIDERS, David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Nicholas Guest, Christopher Guest, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Stacy Keach, James Keach, 1980, (c) United Artists HEARTBEEPS, Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, CrimeBuster (voice: Ron Gans), 1981. ©Universal Pictures. THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, 1987, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved BEYOND THERAPY, Tom Conti, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Hagerty, Cris Campion, Christopher Guest, Glenda Jackson, 1987. © New World Pictures WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, 1996, (c) Sony Pictures Classics FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, director Christopher Guest, on set, 2006. ©Warner Independent Pictures BEST IN SHOW, Christopher Guest, 2000 WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, Christopher Guest, Don Lake, 1996, (c) Sony Pictures Classics THIS IS SPINAL TAP, Harry Shearer, Christopher guest, 1984 THE LONG RIDERS, Nicholas Guest, Christopher Guest, 1980, (c) United Artists

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin Director - 2018
      48% 36% Mascots Corky St. Clair (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Her Master's Voice Executive Producer - 2012
      56% 39% The Invention of Lying Nathan Goldfrappe (Character) $18.4M 2009
      44% 47% Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Ivan the Terrible (Character) $177.2M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Harry Smith Project Live Alan Barrows (Character) - 2006
      53% 43% For Your Consideration Jay Berman (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $5.5M 2006
      68% 72% Mrs. Henderson Presents Lord Cromer (Character) $11.0M 2005
      87% 75% A Mighty Wind Alan Barrows (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $17.5M 2003
      93% 88% Best in Show Harlan Pepper (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $18.6M 2000
      5% 64% Almost Heroes Director $6.1M 1998
      91% 91% Waiting for Guffman Corky St. Clair (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $2.9M 1996
      30% 38% Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Director - 1993
      84% 89% A Few Good Men Cmdr. Doctor Stone (Character) $141.3M 1992
      88% 45% The Big Picture Director $33.1K 1989
      No Score Yet 22% Sticky Fingers Sam (Character) - 1988
      17% 30% Beyond Therapy Bob (Character) $471.9K 1987
      96% 94% The Princess Bride Count Rugen (Character) $26.9M 1987
      91% 79% Little Shop of Horrors The First Customer (Character) $36.5M 1986
      96% 92% This Is Spinal Tap Nigel Tufnel (Lead Guitar, vocals) (Character),
      Writer,
      Original Music
      $188.8K 1984
      No Score Yet 80% A Piano for Mrs. Cimino Philip Ryan (Character) - 1982
      0% 25% Heartbeeps Calvin (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Likely Stories Unknown (Character) - 1981
      81% 73% The Long Riders Charlie Ford (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Word Roger (Character) - 1979
      93% 69% Girlfriends Eric (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happened One Christmas Harry Bailey (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet TVTV Goes to the Super Bowl Self,
      Screenwriter
      - 1976
      36% 34% The Fortune Boy Lover (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shame of the Jungle Chief M'Bulu/Short/Nurse (Voice) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lemmings Unknown (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      81% 93% Family Tree Dave Chadwick (Guest Star),
      Creator,
      Writer
      2013
      No Score Yet 70% SpongeBob SquarePants Stanley S. SquarePants (Guest Voice) 2007
      85% 77% The Simpsons Nigel Tufnel (Guest Voice) 1992
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1977