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Christopher Guest
Born Christopher Haden-Guest
February 5, 1948 (1948-02-05) (age 60)
New York City, New York, USA
Spouse(s) Jamie Lee Curtis (1984-)

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), is a British-American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and Grammy Award-winning composer known as Christopher Guest. He is most famous for having written, directed and starred in several "mockumentary" films of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He is frequently seen as the leader of a repertory film troupe, because he tends to re-use a core of actors from one film to the next. Christopher William Graham Guest, Baron Guest PC (7 November 1901 – 25 September 1984) was a British judge. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... An Emmy Award. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1988. ... A Mighty Wind is a 2003 mockumentary about a folk music reunion concert and the three groups that must come together to perform on national television for the first time in years. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... British Americans are Americans whose ancestry stems, either wholly or in part, from one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom. ... Mockumentary (also known as a pseudo-documentary)[1], a portmanteau of mock and documentary, is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... Repertory or rep, called stock in the U.S., is a term from Western theatre. ... A troupe is a theatre company of touring actors, singers and/or dancers. ...


He principally works in American film and television, despite holding a minor peerage in the United Kingdom. That barony has given him an additional measure of celebrity in Britain. He has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically-elected chamber. Despite initial activity in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999. For other uses, see Peerage (disambiguation). ... Various rulers or governments of Europe, of Japan bestow or recognise the title of baron. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... The House of Lords Act 1999, an Act of Parliament passed by the British Parliament, was a major constitutional enactment as it reformed greatly one of the chambers of Parliament, the House of Lords (see Lords Reform). ...

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Background

Guest was born in New York City, the son of Peter Haden-Guest, a British United Nations diplomat who later became 4th Baron Haden-Guest, and his second wife, Jean Pauline Hindes, a CBS executive. Guest's maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia,[1] [2] while a paternal great-grandfather was Colonel Albert Goldsmid, an English Jew who founded the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade[3]. Guest spent parts of his childhood in his father's native England. Although both of his parents were born Jewish, they became atheists and Guest had no religious upbringing [1]. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Peter Haden Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest (29 August 1913–8 April 1996) the 4th Baron Haden-Guest of Saling in the County of Essex, England. ... UN redirects here. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Colonel Albert Edward W. Goldsmid MVO (6 October 1846 Puna, Bombay - 27 March 1904) was the founder of the Jewish Lads Brigade; he was a founder and the second president (from 1903) of the Maccabaeans. ... The Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade (JLGB) is Britains oldest Jewish youth movement. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ...


Guest attended The High School of Music & Art (New York City), studying classical music (clarinet). He later took up the mandolin and became interested in country music. He also played guitar with Arlo Guthrie, who went to the same school. Guest later began performing with bluegrass bands until he took up rock and roll.[4]. The High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, New York City was started in 1936 by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, an event he described as “the most hopeful accomplishment” of his administration[1]. In 1984 Music & Art and its sister school, the School of Performing Arts High School, were merged... This article is about the musical instrument. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Arlo Davy Guthrie (born July 10, 1947) is an American folk singer. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


Peerage and heirs

Guest became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex, when his father died in 1996. He succeeded upon the ineligibility of his older brother, Anthony Haden-Guest, who was born prior to the marriage of his parents. 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. In the article Guest remarked: Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. ... For other meanings of Essex, see Essex (disambiguation). ... Illegitimacy is the status that was once commonly ascribed to individuals born to parents who were not married. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... The House of Lords Act 1999, an Act of Parliament passed by the British Parliament, was a major constitutional enactment as it reformed greatly one of the chambers of Parliament, the House of Lords (see Lords Reform). ...

There's no question that the old system was unfair. I mean, why should you be born to this? But now it's all just sheer cronyism. The Prime Minister can put in whoever he wants and bus them in to vote. The Upper House should be an elected body, it's that simple.

Guest married actress Jamie Lee Curtis in 1984 at the home of their mutual friend Rob Reiner. They have two adopted children: Anne (born 1986) and Thomas (born 1996). As 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. The current heir presumptive to the barony is Guest's brother, the actor Nicholas Haden-Guest. This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, childrens advocate and political activist. ... For other uses, see Adoption (disambiguation). ... Letters Patent by Queen Victoria creating the office of Governor-General of Australia Letters patent are a type of legal instrument in the form of an open letter issued by a monarch or government granting an office, a right, monopoly, title, or status to someone or some entity such as... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Heir Presumptive (capitalised) is the person provisionally scheduled to inherit a throne, peerage, or other hereditary honor, but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an Heir Apparent or of a new Heir Presumptive with a better claim to the throne. ... Nicholas Guest (born Nicholas Haden-Guest, May 5, 1955, New York, New York) is an American actor who is the brother of Christopher Guest and brother-in-law of Jamie Lee Curtis. ...


Career

1970s

Among Guest's earliest works are contributions to The National Lampoon Radio Hour in the early 1970s as well as various 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 also wrote, arranged and performed numerous musical parodies. He was also featured alongside Chevy Chase and John Belushi in the Off-Broadway revue National Lampoon's Lemmings. One of his earliest films includes a bit part as a beat cop in Death Wish 1974 starring Charles Bronson. The National Lampoon Radio Hour was a comedy radio show which was created, produced and initially written by people from National Lampoon magazine. ... January 1973 cover of National Lampoon National Lampoon was an American humor magazine that began in 1970 as an offshoot of the Harvard Lampoon. ... For other uses, see Chevy Chase (disambiguation). ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House, and The Blues Brothers. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


1980s

Guest had a one-season stint, 1984-85, as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Recurring characters on SNL played by Guest include: Frankie, of Willie and Frankie (two co-workers who recount in detail physically painful situations in which they've found themselves); Herb Minkman, a shady novelty toymaker with a brother named Al (played by Billy Crystal); Rajeev Vindaloo, an eccentric foreign man in the same vein as Andy Kaufman's Latka character from Taxi; and Senor Cosa, a Spanish ventriloquist often seen on the recurring spoof of The Joe Franklin Show. The Early Eighties For much of the decade SNL was in turmoil and many critics wrote the show off as a pale imitation of its former glory. ... This article is about the television network. ... SNL redirects here. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor, and performance artist. ... Taxi was an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the Sunshine Cab Company, as well as their abusive dispatcher. ... Joseph Fortgang (born March 9, 1926) is an American radio and television personality who uses the stage name Joe Franklin. ...


He has also appeared as Count Rugen in The Princess Bride, Charlie Ford in The Long Riders, Lord Cromer in Mrs Henderson Presents and Dr. Stone in A Few Good Men. He had a cameo role as Dylan, a smarmy pedestrian, in the 1986 remake of The Little Shop of Horrors. As a co-writer and director, Guest made the Hollywood satire The Big Picture Count Tyrone Rugen is the villain of William Goldmans 1973 novel The Princess Bride. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... The Long Riders is a Western, produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann, and directed by Walter Hill, which told part of the story of the Jesse James gang. ... Mrs Henderson Presents is an Academy Award-nominated comedy film of 2005 directed by Stephen Frears. ... A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed on Broadway and was subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. ... Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 screen adaptation of the off-Broadway stage musical of the same name. ... This article is about 1960 Roger Corman film. ... The Big Picture can refer to: A Big Picture, a communication tool used internally or externally within organisations with complex messages. ...


Guest's biggest role of the first two decades of his career, however, is likely that of Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 "rockumentary" film This Is Spinal Tap. Amplifier manufacturers actually began to produce amps with knobs going up to 11 (rather than the traditional scale of 10), as a result of a popular scene where a benighted Tufnel proudly shows off such an amp, believing it to be louder. "This one goes to 11!" has become something of a meme among musicians ever since.[5] Guest made his first appearance as Tufnel on the 1978 sketch comedy program The TV Show, and appears as Tufnel most recently in a television ad for Volkswagen. Nigel Tufnel is the fictional lead guitarist of the rock band, Spinal Tap, featured in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. ... This article is about the year. ... The term rockumentary is a neologism denoting a program on television or movie documentary about rock and roll or its musicians. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... This Is Spin̈al Tap (which is officially spelled with a non-functional umlaut symbol over the N) is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the semi-fictional heavy-metal glam rock band Spinal Tap. ... An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier designed for use with an electric or electronic musical instrument, such as an electric guitar. ... Look up up to eleven in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Meme (disambiguation). ...


1990s-present

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 heavily improvised films. Many of them would come to be definitional examples of what came to be known as "mockumentaries" Improvisational comedy (also called improv) is comedy that is performed with a little to no predetermination of subject matter and structure. ...

His frequent writing partner is Eugene Levy. Together, Levy, Guest and a small band of other actors have formed a loose repertory, which appear across the several films. These include Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Harry Shearer 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. Each of these movies also shares a hallmark plot development, where the movie leads up to some kind of a highly anticipated performance, or the outcome of a performance. This could reflect Guest's background in theater, and simply a kind of meta-commentary, as a real performance is of course what is being improvised for the duration. Notably, everyone who appears in these movies receives the same fee, and the same portion of profits[5]. Waiting for Guffman is a mockumentary written,starring, and directed by Christopher Guest that was released in 1997. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... Best in Show (2000) is a mockumentary that follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... A Mighty Wind is a 2003 mockumentary about a folk music reunion concert and the three groups that must come together to perform on national television for the first time in years. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... For Your Consideration is the fourth feature film directed (and co-written) by Christopher Guest. ... Eugene Levy (born 17 December 1946) is a Canadian Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, television director, producer and writer. ... Repertory or rep, called stock in the U.S., is a term from Western theatre. ... Catherine OHara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian/American actress and comedian. ... Michael McKean (born October 17, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, composer and musician, best known for his portrayal of Leonard Lenny Kosnowski on the sitcom Laverne and Shirley; as one of the members of Spinal Tap; as a Saturday Night Live cast member; and for other various appearances in... For the African-American television actress, see Parker McKenna Posey. ... Jane Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American writer, actor and comedian best known for her roles in Christopher Guest comedies such as Best in Show. ... John Michael Higgins (born February 12, 1963) is an American actor whose film credits include Christopher Guests mockumentaries and the role of David Letterman in HBOs The Late Shift. ... Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American comedic actor and writer. ... Fred Willard (born September 18, 1939) is an American comedian and character actor, known for his improvisational comedy skills. ...


Despite making a number of mockumentaries, Guest himself dislikes the term. He maintains that his intention is not to mock anyone, but to explore insular, perhaps obscure communities through his method of filmmaking. When pressed in a 2003 interview by Charlie Rose, however, he could not provide a word to substitute for "mockumentary" [5]. This article is about the American journalist. ...


He had a guest voice-over role in the popular children's show SpongeBob SquarePants as SpongeBob's cousin, Stanley. This article is about the series. ...


Will appear in the upcoming 2009 comedy This Side of the Truth. This Side of the Truth is an upcoming comedy film, to be directed by Ricky Gervais and Matt Robinson, from their own script. ...


Off-stage demeanor

Guest is sometimes off-putting in interviews and promotional appearances, having been described by reviewer Warren Etheredge as "rude, condescending and intolerable."[6] as well as with people who have met him outside of the work environment, because contrary to expectations of him as a comedian he often seems deadpan, even dour. Of this, Guest has said, "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."[7]


References

  1. ^ a b Rosen, Steven (2006-11-16). "Want to spoof Purim and the Oscars? Be our Guest!". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles 21 (39). Retrieved on 2006-11-16. 
  2. ^ Witchel, Alex. "The Shape-Shifter", The New York Times, 2006-11-12. Retrieved on 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. thePeerage.com (2006-11-12). Retrieved on 2006-11-16.
  4. ^ Guest, Christopher. "interview with Terry Gross", Fresh Air, National Public Radio, WHYY, Philadelphia, 1989-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b c Charlie Rose interview with Christopher Guest, 2003
  6. ^ Dizon, Dristin. "If it's happening in Seattle, you can bet movie lover Warren Etheredge is in the loop", SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, March 30. Retrieved on 2007-07-10. 
  7. ^ Hobson, Louis B. "Guest Shots", canoe.ca, October 10. Retrieved on 2007-08-29. 

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Preceded by
Brad Hall
Weekend Update as Saturday Night News
1984–1985
Succeeded by
Dennis Miller
Preceded by
Peter Haden-Guest
Baron Haden-Guest
1996 – present
Incumbent
For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Hall anchoring Weekend Update Brad Hall (born March 21, 1958, Santa Barbara, California) is an American writer and actor, best known as a Saturday Night Live news anchor on Saturday Night News. ... Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American stand-up comedian, political/sports commentator, and television/radio personality. ... Peter Haden Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest (29 August 1913–8 April 1996) the 4th Baron Haden-Guest of Saling in the County of Essex, England. ... Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. ...

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