Christopher Guest
British actor
Christopher Guest
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is a British and American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian. He is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in several improvisational "mockumentary" films that feature a repertory-like ensemble cast. This series of work began with the film This Is Spinal Tap, where his character introduces the phrase, "These go to eleven".
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Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest And Michael McKean Join 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit
NPR - about 2 months
The three comedy legends join Harry Shearer's lawsuit, first filed last fall, against the film's owner. (Image credit: Steve W. Grayson /Getty Images)
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Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over 'Spinal Tap' Profits
Huffington Post - 5 months
”This Is Spinal Tap” star and co-creator Harry Shearer is singing “Gimme Some Money,” but it’s not part of a new reunion tour. He’s suing the company that owns the film’s rights for $125 million. Shearer, who plays bassist/zucchini aficionado Derek Smalls in the cult classic rock mockumentary, filed a lawsuit against Vivendi and its StudioCanal subsidiary for fraud, breach of contract and failure to pay a share of the profits from the film and its related properties.   “Filing a claim like this one is neither fun nor easy,” Shearer said in a video statement. “Going up against a major multinational is not nearly as enjoyable as playing too loud at Carnegie Hall.” Vivendi had no comment on the lawsuit.  Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner created the band Spinal Tap in the 1970s; the four also wrote the 1984 movie at the heart of the dispute as well as the band’s songs “Big Bottom” and “Hell Hole.” Guest, McKean and Reiner were not party to the laws ...
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They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do: Christopher Guest Rallies His Team For 'Mascots'
NPR - 5 months
Guest's latest mockumentary (about the secret lives of mascots) stars actors who have appeared in several of his films. "It's like having a great band of musicians together," he says.
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Film, Fashionistas and Everyday Escape Artists
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Movie premieres of ‘Jackie,’ ‘Franca: Chaos and Creation’ and Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots.’
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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Mascots’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’
NYTimes - 6 months
Christopher Guest ventures beneath some fuzzy exteriors in “Mascots.” And the final four queens compete for the crown in “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
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Christopher Guest derides sports 'Mascots' in latest mockumentary
LATimes - 6 months
Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest built up plenty of goodwill over the years as the purveyor of such clever mockumentaries as “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” not to mention as the co-writer and co-star of the beloved rock ’n’ roll spoof “This Is Spinal Tap.” It’s a good...
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This is Jamie: Actress, Activist, and Beloved Children's Book Author
Huffington Post - 6 months
Jamie Lee Curtis has a knack for simplifying complex topics, such as adoption and human emotion, and interpreting them in a way children can easily understand when reading her books. Her latest title, This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From (Workman Publishing) is about emigration, immigration, and the idea of leaving the old behind for the promise of the new. It's a celebration of diversity and self, helping young children to begin the process of discovering what makes them unique and what connects all of us together. "This book is an exploration of adventure," says Curtis. "It's about the possibility of a new life, which is what our country was built upon." Curtis was born in 1958 to movie stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. "Reading books was not a family activity," she says. "I don't have any memory of my family making reading a priority." Nonetheless, Curtis recalls a few favorite childhood books, including Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. "After the big dog part ...
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TIFF Diary, Day 3: 'Mascots,' 'All I See Is You' And 'Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!'
NPR - 7 months
On Linda Holmes' third day at the Toronto International Film Festival, she caught a new film from Christopher Guest, a lifeless movie starring Blake Lively, and a rock documentary.
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Q&A: Christopher Guest on 'Mascots,' shoelaces and the high stakes of the lower echelons
LATimes - 7 months
No one makes movies quite like Christopher Guest. His deadpan explorations of unusual cultural corners take the form of documentaries and feature improvised dialogue to give them a hybrid, high-wire energy. From his work in “This Is Spinal Tap,” directed by Rob Reiner, to the films Guest has made...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Guest
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On August 11, 2015, Netflix announced that Mascots, a film about the competition for the World Mascot Association championships's Gold Fluffy Award, would debut in 2016.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    In 2010, the United States Census Bureau paid $2.5 million to have a television commercial directed by Guest shown during television coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.
    More Details Hide Details Guest holds an honorary doctorate from and is a member of the board of trustees for Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was most recently the writer and producer of the HBO series, Family Tree, a lighthearted story in the style he made famous in Spinal Tap, in which the main character, Tom Chadwick, inherits a box of curios from his great aunt, spurring interest in his ancestry.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    Guest appeared as Dr. Stone in A Few Good Men (1992), as Lord Cromer in Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and in the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying. He is also currently a member of the musical group The Beyman Bros, which he formed with childhood friend David Nichtern and Spinal Tap's current keyboardist C. J. Vanston. Their debut album Memories of Summer as a Child was released on January 20, 2009.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 56
    Because Guest's children are adopted, they cannot inherit the family barony under the terms of the letters patent that created it, though a 2004 Royal Warrant addressing the style of a peer's adopted children states that they can use courtesy titles.
    More Details Hide Details The current heir presumptive to the barony is Guest's younger brother, actor Nicholas Guest. As reported by Louis B. Hobson, "On film, Guest is a hilariously droll comedian. In person he is serious and almost dour." He quotes Guest as saying "People want me to be funny all the time. They think I'm being funny no matter what I say or do and that's not the case. I rarely joke unless I'm in front of a camera. It's not what I am in real life. It's what I do for a living."
  • 1999
    Age 51
    According to an article in The Guardian, Guest attended the House of Lords regularly until the House of Lords Act 1999 barred most hereditary peers from their seats.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    Guest became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, of Great Saling, in the County of Essex, when his father died in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He succeeded upon the ineligibility of his older half-brother, Anthony Haden-Guest, who was born prior to the marriage of his parents.
    The experience of having made Spinal Tap would directly inform the second phase of his career. Starting in 1996, Guest began writing, directing and acting in his own series of substantially improvised films.
    More Details Hide Details Many of them would come to be definitive examples of what came to be known as "mockumentaries"-- not a term Guest appreciates in describing his unusual approach to exploring the passions that make the characters in his films so interesting. He maintains that his intention is not to mock anyone, but to explore insular, perhaps obscure communities through his method of filmmaking. His frequent writing partner is Eugene Levy. Together, Levy, Guest and a small band of other actors have formed a loose repertory group, which appear across several films. These include Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Harry Shearer, Jennifer Coolidge, Ed Begley, Jr. and Fred Willard. Guest and Levy write backgrounds for each of the characters and notecards for each specific scene, outlining the plot, and then leave it up to the actors to improvise the dialogue, which is supposed to result in a much more natural conversation than scripted dialogue would. Typically, everyone who appears in these movies receives the same fee and the same portion of profits.
    This was his official style and name until he inherited the barony in 1996.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 39
    Upon his father succeeding to the family peerage in 1987, he was known as The Hon.
    More Details Hide Details Christopher Haden-Guest.
  • 1986
    Age 38
    He appeared as Count Rugen in The Princess Bride. He had a cameo role as the first customer, a pedestrian, in the 1986 musical remake of The Little Shop of Horrors, that also featured Steve Martin.
    More Details Hide Details As a co-writer and director, Guest made the Hollywood satire The Big Picture.
  • 1984
    Age 36
    Guest married actress Jamie Lee Curtis in 1984 at the home of their mutual friend, Rob Reiner.
    More Details Hide Details They have two adopted children: Anne (born 1986) and Thomas (born 1996).
    Along with Martin Short, Billy Crystal and Harry Shearer, Guest was hired as a one-year only cast member for the 1984–85 season on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
    More Details Hide Details Recurring characters on SNL played by Guest include Frankie, of Willie and Frankie (coworkers who recount in detail physically painful situations in which they have found themselves, remarking laconically "I hate when that happens"); Herb Minkman, a shady novelty toymaker with a brother named Al (played by Crystal); Rajeev Vindaloo, an eccentric foreign man in the same vein as Andy Kaufman's Latka character from Taxi; and Señor Cosa, a Spanish ventriloquist often seen on the recurring spoof of The Joe Franklin Show. He also experimented behind the camera with pre-filmed sketches, notably directing a documentary-style short starring Shearer and Short as synchronized swimmers. In another short film from SNL, Guest and Crystal appear as retired Negro league baseball players, "The Rooster and the King".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 30
    Guest made his first appearance as Tufnel on the 1978 sketch comedy program The TV Show.
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  • 1977
    Age 29
    Guest played a small role in the 1977 All In the Family episode "Mike and Gloria Meet", where in a flashback sequence Mike and Gloria recall their first blind date, set up by Michael's college buddy Jim (Guest), who dated Gloria's girlfriend Debbie (Priscilla Lopez).
    More Details Hide Details Guest's biggest role of the first two decades of his career is likely that of Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 Rob Reiner film This Is Spinal Tap.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Two of his earliest film roles were small parts as uniformed police officers in the 1972 film The Hot Rock and 1974's Death Wish.
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    Guest continued with the production when it moved to Broadway in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he began making contributions to The National Lampoon Radio Hour for a variety of National Lampoon audio recordings. He both performed comic characters (Flash Bazbo—Space Explorer, Mr. Rogers, music critic Roger de Swans, and sleazy record company rep Ron Fields) and wrote, arranged and performed numerous musical parodies (of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and others). He was featured alongside Chevy Chase and John Belushi in the Off-Broadway revue National Lampoon's Lemmings.
  • 1971
    Age 23
    Guest began his career in theatre during the early 1970s with one of his earliest professional performances being the role of Norman in Michael Weller's Moonchildren for the play's American premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in November 1971.
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    Guest studied acting at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1971.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1948.
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