Christopher, Dennis 1955–

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Christopher, Dennis 1955–


Original name, Dennis Carelli; born December 2, 1955, in Philadelphia, PA. Education: Attended Temple University; studied acting with Tracy Roberts, Charles Conrad, Florence Riggs, David Craig, Stella Adler, and Peggy Feury in Los Angeles; studied with Austin Pendleton and Michael Howard in New York.

Career: Actor. Living Theatre, Paris, street performer. Hollywood Arts Council, member of board of trustees; Writer's Lab, Los Angeles, member.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: DramaLogue Award, for Balm in Gilead; Youth in Film Award, Hollywood Women's Photo and Press Club, 1979, Film Award, most promising newcomer to a leading film role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Young Artist Award, best juvenile actor in a motion picture, and Golden Globe Award nomination, male new star of the year in a motion picture, all 1980, all for Breaking Away; Bronze Mask of Polifemo, Taorimina International Film Festival, 1980, and Saturn Award nomination, best actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1981, both for Fade to Black; Los Angeles Drama Crit ics Circle Award, L.A. Weekly Award, and DramaLogue Award, all best actor, 1997, for Breaking the Code; Audie Award (with others), 1998, for Sleeping Beauty.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Pete, Blood and Lace, American International Pictures, 1971.

Pan, The Young Graduates, 1971.

(Uncredited) The hippie, Roma (also known as Fellini Roma and Fellini's"Roma"), United Artists, 1972.

Salome, 1972.

(Uncredited) Soda delivery boy, Three Women (also known as Robert Altman's "3 Women"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977.

Eugene, September 30, 1955 (also known as 9/30/55 and 24 Hours of the Rebel), Universal, 1978.

Hughie Brenner, A Wedding, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.

Tony "T. T." Thompson, California Dreaming, Orion, 1979.

Ben Travis, The Last Word (also known as Danny Travis and The Number), Variety International Pictures, 1979.

Dave Stohler, Breaking Away, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Eric Binford, Fade to Black, American Cinema, 1980.

Charles Paddock, Chariots of Fire, Warner Bros., 1981.

Brian Anderson, Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (also known as Vietnam: Hell or Glory), Sanrio/Lorimar, 1982.

Damon, Alien Predator (also known as Alien Predators, The Falling, Mutant 2, and Cosmos mortal), American Distributors, 1983.

Kevin, Didn't You Hear …, 1983.

Stan, Flight of the Spruce Goose (also known as Lot swierkowej gesi), 1984.

Desmond Floyd, Jake Speed, New World, 1986.

John, Friends, 1988.

Nathan Flowers, A Sinful Life, 1989.

Leech, Circuitry Man (also known as Circulatory Man), 1990.

Top Cop, 1990.

Mr. Reese, "The Disco Years," A Boy's Life, 1991.

Lapin, Dead Women in Lingerie, 1991.

Leech, Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II(also known, as Circuitry Man 2), 1994.

Dale Porkel, "The Cold," Necronomicon (also known as H. P. Lovecraft's "Necronomicon, Book of the Dead' and Necronomicon: Book of the Dead), 1994.

Bad English 1: Tales of a Son of Brit, 1995.

Victor Varenkov, Aurora: Operation Intercept, Vidmark Entertainment, 1995.

Douglas Reedy, It's My Party, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996.

Comdor, The Silencers, PM Entertainment Group, 1996.

Steve, Mind Rage (also known as Mind Lies), Mainline Releasing, 2000.

Mikey, Nine Lives, Shimmer Films, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

(Uncredited) Jack of All Trades, a recurring role, Profiler, NBC, 1996–99.

Vince Elsing, FreakyLinks (also known as Fearsum), Fox, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

The Oregon Trail, NBC, 1976.

Randy, Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story, HBO, 1992.

Friedrich Lowe, Curacao, Showtime, 1993.

Doctor Heller, Doppelganger (also known as Doppelganger: The Evil Within), Sci-Fi Channel, 1993.

Pruitt Taylor Beauchamp, Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare, Fox, 1995.

Jim Norton, Skeletons, HBO, 1996.

Joshua "Carrots" Beale, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (also known as California Gold), CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Eddie Kaspbrak, It (also known as Stephen King's "If), ABC, 1990.

Wally Roberts, False Arrest, ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

U.S. airman, "Christabel," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989.

Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Bernice Bobs Her Hair," The American Short Story, PBS, 1976.

Jack, "Jack and the Beanstalk," Faerie Tale Theatre (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theatre"), Showtime, 1982.

Daryl Kirby, "Promises, Promises," Trapper John M.D., CBS, 1984.

Keller, "Number Eight," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected'), NBC, 1984.

Benjamin Wylie, "The Lady in the Iron Mask," Moonlighting, ABC, 1985.

Father Nicholas Kostmayer, "The Cup," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Dr. Stanley, "A Safe Place," Cagney & Lacey CBS, 1986.

Joshua Williams, "The Second Finest Man Who Ever Lived," Stingray, 1987.

Danny Welles, "Blues for Danny Welles," Hooperman, 1987.

Benjamin Wylie (in archive footage), "The Straight Poop," Moonlighting, ABC, 1987.

Noel Bishop, "The Star," Matlock, 1989.

Dr. Henry Carlson, "Shear Madness," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990.

Laurence Bauer, "Hostile Takeover," Monsters, 1991.

Jamie Berne, "Oceans White with Phone," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Lyman Taggart, "Final Curtain," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Borath, "The Search: Part 2," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), 1994.

"Mirror, Mirror," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994.

Winnetka Road, NBC, 1994.

Ambassador Dillinger, "Reunion," SeaQuest DSV (also known as SeqQuest 2032), 1995.

Sascha, "Heartburned," The Watcher, UPN, 1995.

Dr. Anthony Bates, "Cypher," The Sentinel, UPN, 1996.

Dr. Mortimer T. Anton, "The Phoenix," Pacific Blue, 1996.

Dr. Balfour, "Lethal Injection," The Burning Zone, UPN, 1996.

Paul D'Arnot, "Tarzan's Return: Part 1," Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, syndicated, 1996.

Dr. Royce, "Spare Parts," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1998.

Sheriff Ed Post, "Las Brisas," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

Sheriff Ed Post, "Otis, California," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

Albert Newquay, "Reunion: Parts 1 & 2," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

18 Wheels of Justice, The Nashville Network, 2000.

Bobby Dupree, "Disturbing Behavior," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 2001.

Bobby Dupree, "How the Other Half Lives," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 2001.

Jesus, "Jeff," Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001.

Jesus, "Georgia," Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001.

Danik, "Detained," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise), UPN, 2002.

Charles Rutledge, "Upon the Wasted Building," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002.

Kevin Lamb, "Nobody Sleeps," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2003.

Roger Coffman, "Cherry Red," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2003.

Cyvus Vail, "Origin," Angel (also known as Angel: The Series), The WB, 2004.

Cyvus Vail, "Power Play," Angel (also known as Angel: The Series), The WB, 2004.

Cyvus Vail, "Not Fade Away," Angel (also known as Angel: The Series), The WB, 2004.

Gerard Prosser, "The Vision Thing," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Other:

Adrien, Trapped!, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1974.

Balm in Gilead, Pan Andreas Theatre, Los Angeles, c. 1979.

Leo Hubbard, The Little Foxes, Parker Playhouse, FL, then John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, later Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Tommy, Brothers, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, then Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, later Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Spaz, Advice from a Caterpillar, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Alan Turing, Breaking the Code, Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, 1996.

Carl Walkowitz, Retribution, Lambs Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Father, Side Man, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 2001.

Off-stage voice of doctor, A Quiet End, Los Angeles; appeared in Butterflies Are Free, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Jupiter, FL; Dr. Needle and the Infectious Laughter Epidemic, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City; The Slab Boys, Back Alley Theatre, Los Angeles; and The Triplet Collection, Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles; also appeared in productions of American Buffalo, Bye Bye Birdie, Elegies, Exmass, A Pound on Demand, The Revengers's Tragedy, and Summer and Smoke.


Taped Readings:

Recorded (with others) Sleeping Beauty.



Back Stage West, June 6, 1996, p. 5.

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