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Christopher Guest

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   0% Heartbeeps (1981)
Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
An alumnus of New York City's High School of Music and Arts and Bard College, actor/writer/director Christopher Guest made his initial Broadway appearance in the 1970 revival of Room Service; two years later, he co-starred in Moonchildren. Guest's early acting accomplishments have tended to become obscured in the light of his extensive work for the National Lampoon folks: he wrote several articles for the Lampoon magazine, and was a writer/performer for the organization's radio programs, record albums, and stage reviews. His extensive comic talents went largely untapped in such "mainstream" acting assignments as the made-for-TV Blind Ambition (1982), in which he portrayed Nixon intimate Jeb Stuart Magruder, and the theatrical feature The Long Riders (1982), in which he was co-starred with his younger brother Nicholas.In 1982, Guest played divorced suburbanite Bucky Frische in Million Dollar Infield (1982), a made-for-TV movie produced and co-written by Rob Reiner. His association with Reiner extended into appearances in the latter's big-screen directorial efforts: In This is Spinal Tap (1983), Guest not only penned the script but also played heavy metal rocker Nigel Tufnel; and in The Princess Bride (1986), cast as the evil Count Rubin, he offered a sly impression of British character actor Henry Daniell. Guest has since parlayed his "Spinal Tap" association into something of a second career, touring as Nigel Tufnel with fellow "Tap" members David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and composing many of the group's "hits." On TV, Guest was a regular during the 1984-1985 season of Saturday Night Live and shared a scriptwriting Emmy for a 1976 Lily Tomlin special. Making his directorial debut with the Tinseltown satire The Big Picture (1989), Guest has gone on to helm the TV-movie remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1993), the "Johnny Appleseed" segment of Shelley Duvall's cable-TV anthology American Tall Tales and Legends, and most of the episodes of Rob Reiner's 1992 TV sitcom Morton and Hayes.After once again appearing as Nigel Tufnel in The Return of Spinal Tap (1992), the latter '90s found Guest expanding on his successes in the world of showbiz mockery by taking the directors chair with a few irreverent faux documentaries of his own. Re-teaming with fellow bandmates McKean and Shearer for the musical numbers in Waiting for Guffman (1996), the critically praised comedy proved that Guest's eye for satire was indeed as sharp as his pen. Following with some vocal work in Small Soldiers (1998), Guest returned to the director's chair for what would be comedian Chris Farley's last film, Almost Heroes (1998). Both of these projects proved to be brief diversions, though, and, as old habits die hard, Guest couldn't resist his urges for parody for long.Though not related (in a traditional sense) to show business, Best in Show targeted a subject that some may say was screaming for parody, the world of Championship Dog shows. His skills as a director more focused and refined than ever, Guest lead a talented cast of the usual suspects in creating yet another hilarious and scathing take on a what many considered to be well-deserving subject. After earning a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Comedy" at that year's ceremony, the film went on to live a healthy life on DVD and cable television. Guest's next film set its sights on a target that many may agree was begging for the treatment even more so than that of his last subject, and though A Mighty Wind's spot on folk song parodies would prove almost so effective as to be considered the real deal, the film itself differed from Best in Show in that it sharply divided its supporters and detractors as few of his films had. Guest worked as an actor, screenwriter, songwriter, and director for The Mighty Wind (2003), an award-winning mockuementary chronicling the ups and downs of a career in folk music, and again with For Your Consideration (2006). The actor would c


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin
  • Director
48% Mascots
  • Corky St. Clair
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
  • Actor
$60.8k 2015
35% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
56% The Invention of Lying
  • Nathan Goldfrappe
$18.5M 2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Ivan the Terrible
$177.2M 2009
No Score Yet Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead
  • Actor
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
52% For Your Consideration
  • Director
  • Jay Berman
  • Screenwriter
$5.5M 2006
67% Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Lord Cromer
$11M 2006
No Score Yet Harry Shearer: Now You See It
  • Actor
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Alan Barrows
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$17.5M 2003
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'
  • Actor
93% Best in Show
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Harlan
$16.6M 2000
48% Small Soldiers
  • Slamfist/Scratch-It
8% Almost Heroes
  • Director
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Corky St. Clair
30% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
  • Director
83% A Few Good Men
  • Dr. Stone
88% The Big Picture
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
No Score Yet Sticky Fingers
  • Sam
98% The Princess Bride
  • Count Rugen
18% Beyond Therapy
  • Bob
90% Little Shop of Horrors
  • 1st Customer
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
  • Philip Ryan
0% Heartbeeps
  • Calvin
81% The Long Riders
  • Charlie Ford
96% Girlfriends
  • Eric
40% Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle (Shame of the Jungle) (Jungle Burger)
  • Actor
29% The Fortune
  • Boy Lover
63% Death Wish
  • Patrolman Reilly
78% The Hot Rock
  • Policeman
100% The Hospital
  • Resident


81% Family Tree
  • Dave
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Creator
  • 2013
85% The Simpsons
  • Voice
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
  • Cummings
  • 1982
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
  • Greg
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
  • Jim
  • 1977

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