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 1 year
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 - over 1 year
”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 law...
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They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do: Christopher Guest Rallies His Team For 'Mascots'
NPR - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 par...
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TIFF Diary, Day 3: 'Mascots,' 'All I See Is You' And 'Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!'
NPR - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Guest
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 1996
    Age 48
    Guest became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, of Great Saling, in the County of Essex, when his father died in 1996.
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    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.
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    This was his official style and name until he inherited the barony in 1996.
  • 1987
    Age 39
    Upon his father succeeding to the family peerage in 1987, he was known as The Hon.
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  • 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.
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  • 1984
    Age 36
    Guest married actress Jamie Lee Curtis in 1984 at the home of their mutual friend, Rob Reiner.
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    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    Guest made his first appearance as Tufnel on the 1978 sketch comedy program The TV Show.
  • 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).
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  • 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.
    Guest continued with the production when it moved to Broadway in 1972.
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  • 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.
    Guest studied acting at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1971.
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1948.
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