July 24, 1942: Actor Chris Sarandon, Jr. Born in Beckley

Chris Sarandon

Actor Chris Sarandon Jr. was born in Beckley on July 24, 1942. He graduated from Beckley’s Woodrow Wilson High School and from West Virginia University with a degree in theater.

While earning his master’s degree from Catholic University, he met and married Susan Tomalin, who later became famous as actress Susan Sarandon. Since 1994, he’s been married to actress Joanna Hall Gleason.

Chris Sarandon has a lengthy screen and stage resume. His films include Fright Night, The Princess Bride, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, in which he voiced the lead character of Jack Skellington. In 1976, he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and a Best Acting Debut Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in the film Dog Day Afternoon, with Al Pacino. In 1980, Sarandon starred as Jesus Christ in the television movie The Day Christ Died. He’s also appeared on the TV shows Judging Amy, Felicity, and ER.

More recently, he’s been in a number of Broadway productions, including The Light in the Piazza and in Cyrano de Bergerac, along with West Virginia native Jennifer Garner.