Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher (born Dennis Carrelli on December 2, 1955) is an American actor. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is known for playing Dave Stoller in Breaking Away and tragic film buff psychopath Eric Binford in Fade to Black. His Golden Globe-nominated breakthrough role was as Dave Stohler in the coming-of-age classic Breaking Away (1979). Other roles include American track star Charlie Paddock in Chariots of Fire, and Fade to Black, science fiction movies like Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II. He has appeared in nearly 40 movies and made-for-TV movies since 1975. Television roles include "Jack of All Trades" in the Profiler TV series, Eddie Kaspbrak in Stephen King's It, Desmond Floyd in Jake Speed, and in the HBO series Deadwood. Christopher has guest starred in two Star Trek episodes: the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Search (Part II)" and the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Detained". He also guest-starred as the demon-sorcerer Cyvus Vail in three episodes of Angel. Christopher had a reunion with Breaking Away "father" Paul Dooley, again as his son, in an episode of TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The two had first played father and son in Robert Altman's A Wedding. In December 2006 he played Dr. Martin Ruber in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.

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Chariots of Fire (1981)

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In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Hudson
CAST:  Ben Cross  •  Ian Charleson  •  Cheryl Campbell  •  Alice Krige

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Hudson
CAST:  Ben Cross  •  Ian Charleson  •  Cheryl Campbell  •  Alice Krige

Django Unchained (2012)

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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Kerry Washington

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Kerry Washington

3 Women (1977)

Two co-workers, one a vain woman and the other an awkward teenager, share an increasingly bizarre relationship after becoming roommates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Shelley Duvall  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Janice Rule  •  Robert Fortier

Two co-workers, one a vain woman and the other an awkward teenager, share an increasingly bizarre relationship after becoming roommates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Shelley Duvall  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Janice Rule  •  Robert Fortier

A Wedding (1978)

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Breaking Away (1979)

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Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Daniel Stern  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Dennis Christopher

Doppelganger (1993)

After being implicated in a murder, a young woman flees New York City and moves to Los Angeles, where she rents a room from a writer. They begin an affair, but it seems she's been followed by a homicidal duplicate of herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Avi Nesher
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  George Newbern  •  Leslie Hope  •  Dennis Christopher

After being implicated in a murder, a young woman flees New York City and moves to Los Angeles, where she rents a room from a writer. They begin an affair, but it seems she's been followed by a homicidal duplicate of herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Avi Nesher
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  George Newbern  •  Leslie Hope  •  Dennis Christopher

Elvis (1979)

This biopic traces Elvis Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant conquering of Las Vegas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Shelley Winters  •  Bing Russell  •  Season Hubley

This biopic traces Elvis Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant conquering of Las Vegas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Shelley Winters  •  Bing Russell  •  Season Hubley

Necronomicon (1993)

H.P. Lovecraft anthology is divided into four segments: "The Library" which is the wraparound segment involving Lovecraft's research into the Book of The Dead and his unwitting release of a monster and his writing of the following horror segments "The Drowned", ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christophe Gans  •  Brian Yuzna  •  Shusuke Kaneko
CAST:  Jeffrey Combs  •  Bruce Payne  •  Tony Azito  •  Belinda Bauer

H.P. Lovecraft anthology is divided into four segments: "The Library" which is the wraparound segment involving Lovecraft's research into the Book of The Dead and his unwitting release of a monster and his writing of the following horror segments "The Drowned", ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christophe Gans  •  Brian Yuzna  •  Shusuke Kaneko
CAST:  Jeffrey Combs  •  Bruce Payne  •  Tony Azito  •  Belinda Bauer

Roma (1972)

A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Federico Fellini
CAST:  Peter Gonzales Falcon  •  Fiona Florence  •  Pia De Doses  •  Marne Maitland

A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Federico Fellini
CAST:  Peter Gonzales Falcon  •  Fiona Florence  •  Pia De Doses  •  Marne Maitland

Boys Life (1994)

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Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the summer, he realizes and embraces ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Sloan  •  Robert Lee King  •  Raoul O'Connell
CAST:  James Andrews  •  Mary Beth Aylesworth  •  Mike Barbour  •  Steve Bilich

Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the summer, he realizes and embraces ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Sloan  •  Robert Lee King  •  Raoul O'Connell
CAST:  James Andrews  •  Mary Beth Aylesworth  •  Mike Barbour  •  Steve Bilich

September 30, 1955 (1977)

A young Southerner loses his grip on reality when his favorite movie star James Dean suddenly dies in a car crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bridges
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Deborah Benson  •  Lisa Blount

A young Southerner loses his grip on reality when his favorite movie star James Dean suddenly dies in a car crash.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bridges
CAST:  Richard Thomas  •  Susan Tyrrell  •  Deborah Benson  •  Lisa Blount

Circuitry Man (1990)

In a future where most humans have moved underground to escape the pollution, one of the few pleasures left is a kind of narcotic in the form of chips which can be plugged directly into the brain. Lori, a female body guard steals a case of such chips and flees ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lovy
CAST:  Jim Metzler  •  Dana Wheeler-Nicholson  •  Lu Leonard  •  Vernon Wells

In a future where most humans have moved underground to escape the pollution, one of the few pleasures left is a kind of narcotic in the form of chips which can be plugged directly into the brain. Lori, a female body guard steals a case of such chips and flees ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lovy
CAST:  Jim Metzler  •  Dana Wheeler-Nicholson  •  Lu Leonard  •  Vernon Wells

The Last Word (1979)

When politicians try to force out a renter in a corrupt real-estate deal, the man decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes a police officer hostage, hoping to expose the scam and save his home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Karen Black  •  Martin Landau  •  Dennis Christopher

When politicians try to force out a renter in a corrupt real-estate deal, the man decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes a police officer hostage, hoping to expose the scam and save his home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Karen Black  •  Martin Landau  •  Dennis Christopher

Friends (1988)

John is a legal assistant who is looking forward to marriage to his fiancee Sally, but his daydream is interrupted when a model plane crashes through his window. Following the plane is a family of six who invade his life and apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kjell-Åke Andersson
CAST:  Dennis Christopher  •  Sven Wollter  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Lena Olin

John is a legal assistant who is looking forward to marriage to his fiancee Sally, but his daydream is interrupted when a model plane crashes through his window. Following the plane is a family of six who invade his life and apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kjell-Åke Andersson
CAST:  Dennis Christopher  •  Sven Wollter  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Lena Olin

False Arrest (1991)

A luxury home, a handsome husband and terrific children. But it all comes crashing down when she is accused of being a mastermind behind a brutal triple-homicide and is arrested and handcuffed in front of her own children. A gripping story of passion and betrayal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill L. Norton
CAST:  Donna Mills  •  Steven Bauer  •  Robert Wagner  •  Lane Smith

A luxury home, a handsome husband and terrific children. But it all comes crashing down when she is accused of being a mastermind behind a brutal triple-homicide and is arrested and handcuffed in front of her own children. A gripping story of passion and betrayal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill L. Norton
CAST:  Donna Mills  •  Steven Bauer  •  Robert Wagner  •  Lane Smith

Jobriath A.D. (2012)

Called "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll" and "Hype of the Year," Jobriath's reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975. Now, 35 years later, "Jobriath A.D." spotlights his life, music, groundbreaking influence and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieran Turner
CAST:  Jobriath  •  Jayne County  •  Dennis Christopher  •  Joe Elliott

Called "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll" and "Hype of the Year," Jobriath's reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975. Now, 35 years later, "Jobriath A.D." spotlights his life, music, groundbreaking influence and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kieran Turner
CAST:  Jobriath  •  Jayne County  •  Dennis Christopher  •  Joe Elliott

Queen of the Lot (2010)

An electronic ankle bracelet and being under house arrest aren't about to stop up-and-coming actress Maggie Chase (Tanna Frederick) from the two things she craves the most: real fame and true love. With more "Google points" than her Iowa hometown, but far less than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Tanna Frederick  •  Noah Wyle  •  Christopher Rydell  •  Kathryn Grant

An electronic ankle bracelet and being under house arrest aren't about to stop up-and-coming actress Maggie Chase (Tanna Frederick) from the two things she craves the most: real fame and true love. With more "Google points" than her Iowa hometown, but far less than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Tanna Frederick  •  Noah Wyle  •  Christopher Rydell  •  Kathryn Grant

Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II (1994)

In the backdrop of Earths polluted future a female FBI agent removes Danner, a pleasure android from an asylum in order to coerce him into helping her hunt down the criminal psychopath Plughead. But Plughead who has tangled with Danner before has his own plans as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lovy  •  Robert Lovy
CAST:  Vernon Wells  •  Deborah Shelton  •  Jim Metzler  •  Dennis Christopher

In the backdrop of Earths polluted future a female FBI agent removes Danner, a pleasure android from an asylum in order to coerce him into helping her hunt down the criminal psychopath Plughead. But Plughead who has tangled with Danner before has his own plans as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lovy  •  Robert Lovy
CAST:  Vernon Wells  •  Deborah Shelton  •  Jim Metzler  •  Dennis Christopher

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001)

The adventures of a family who head west to the California gold fields in the 1850s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Jena Malone  •  Meat Loaf  •  Chloe Webb

The adventures of a family who head west to the California gold fields in the 1850s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Jena Malone  •  Meat Loaf  •  Chloe Webb

Nine Lives (2004)

Lust and dysfuntion come full circle in this collection of nine steamy scenes exploring gay life, sex, addition, drugs and HIV/AIDS as revealed by a latino pool boy, a television writer, a meth dealer and others. As one affair leads into another, the connections ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Howell
CAST:  Steve Callahan  •  William Christian  •  Dennis Christopher  •  Dean Howell

Lust and dysfuntion come full circle in this collection of nine steamy scenes exploring gay life, sex, addition, drugs and HIV/AIDS as revealed by a latino pool boy, a television writer, a meth dealer and others. As one affair leads into another, the connections ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Howell
CAST:  Steve Callahan  •  William Christian  •  Dennis Christopher  •  Dean Howell
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