Dennis Christopher

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Dennis Christopher
Dennis Christopher @ the Flanvention.jpg
Christopher in 2005
BornDennis Carrelli
(1955-12-02) December 2, 1955 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Dennis Christopher
Dennis Christopher @ the Flanvention.jpg
Christopher in 2005
BornDennis Carrelli
(1955-12-02) December 2, 1955 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dennis Christopher (born December 2, 1955) is an American film actor. He is known for his roles in Breaking Away and in Fade to Black. He has appeared in nearly 40 movies and made-for-TV movies since 1975.


Christopher was born Dennis Carrelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1955. He is of half Italian descent[1] and half Irish descent.[2]


Christopher's breakthrough role was as Dave Stoller in the coming-of-age classic Breaking Away (1979). His performance won him the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Youth in Film Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion Picture,[3] as well as garnering a Golden Globe nomination.

Christopher's other roles include American track star Charlie Paddock in Chariots of Fire, and tragic film buff psychopath Eric Binford in Fade to Black, Damon in The Falling (1985), Nathan Flowers in A Sinful Life (1989), and science fiction movies like Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II. 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 his 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. Christopher played a character named Leonide Moguy in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012).

Selected Filmography[edit]

1967The Time TunnelYoung MerlinSeason 1, Episode 27
1971Blood and LacePete
The Young GraduatesPan
1972Fellini's RomaThe HippieUncredited
1976Bernice Bobs Her HairCharley
19773 WomenSoda Delivery BoyUncredited
September 30, 1955Eugene
1978A WeddingHughie Brenner
1979California DreamingT.T.
Breaking AwayDave Stoller
The Last WordBen Travis
1980Fade to BlackEric Binford
1981Chariots of FireCharles Paddock
1982Don't Cry, It's Only ThunderBrian Anderson
1983Faerie Tale TheatreJackSeason 2, Episode 4
1984Tales of the UnexpectedKillerSeason 7, Episode 5
Trapper John, M.D.Daryl KirbySeason 6, Episode 8
1985Alien PredatorDamon
MoonlightingBenjamin WylieSeason 2, Episode 2
1986Flight of the Spruce GooseStan
Cagney & LaceyDr. StanleySeason 5, Episode 22
Jake SpeedDesmond Floyd
The EqualizerFather Nicholas KostmayerSeason 2, Episode 10
1987StingrayJoshua WilliamsSeason 2, Episode 9
HoopermanDanny Welles
ChristabelU.S. Airman
1989A Sinful LifeNathan Flowers
MatlockNoel BishopSeason 2, Episodes 7
1990ItEddie Kaspbrak
Circuitry ManLeech
1991Dead Women in LingerieLapin
MonstersLaurence BauerSeason 3, Episode 22
False ArrestWally Roberts
1992Civil WarsJamie Berne
Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader StoryRandy
1993DoppelgangerDoctor Heller
Murder, She WroteLyman Taggart/Dr. Henry CarlsonSeason 6, Episode 20/Season 9, Episode 11
1994Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man IILeech
Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and LiberationMr. Reese
Star Trek: Deep Space NineBorathSeason 2, Episode 2
The Cosby MysteriesEric Humbold
The Disco YearsMr. Reese
1995Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit
The Watcher
Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee NightmarePruitt Taylor Beauchamp
Aurora: Operation InterceptVictor Varenkov
2001The Ballad of Lucy WhippleJoshua Beale
RoswellBobby Dupree2 Episodes
Kate BrasherJesus2 Episodes
18 Wheels of Justice
FreakyLinksVince Elsing13 Episodes
2002Star Trek: EnterpriseDanik
Crossing JordanCharles Rutledge
2003Six Feet UnderKevin Lamb
Law & Order: Criminal IntentRoger Coffman
2004Mind RageSteve
AngelCyvus Vail
Nine LivesMikey
NYPD BlueMr. Prosser
The Lost RoomDr. Martin Ruber
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRichard Dorsey
2008Criminal MindsAbner Merriman
2010Queen of the LotOdin Johannessen
2012Django UnchainedLeonide Moguy
2013PerceptionFred Gorman
UnforgettableLukas Emminger
The Slippery SlopePastor Tomaso


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