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Birth information

22 June 1936 Brownsville, Texas, USA

Given Name

Kristoffer Kristofferson

How tall is Kris Kristofferson?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lisa Marie Meyers
Rita Coolidge
Frances Mavia Beer

Life Story of Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California. From there, he earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford University. He ultimately joined the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot, which served him well later. In 1965, he resigned his commission to pursue songwriting. He had just been assigned to become a teacher at USMA West Point. He got a job sweeping floors in Nashville studios. There he met Johnny Cash, who initially took some of his songs but ignored them. He was also working as a commercial helicopter pilot at the time. He got Cash's attention when he landed his helicopter in Cash's yard and gave him some more tapes. Cash then recorded Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down", which was voted the 1970 Song of the Year by the Country Music Association. Kris was noted for his heavy boozing. He lost his helicopter pilot job when he passed out at the...

Significant features of Kris Kristofferson

Beard and long hair
Deep resonant voice

What movies did Kris Kristofferson play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Blaze (2018) Edwin Fuller, Best Friend from Heaven (2017) As Gabriel, The Star (2017) Old Donkey, Hickok (2017) George Knox, The Red Maple Leaf (2016) President John Francis Marshall, Traded (2016) Billy, Lawless Range (2016) Boss Flood, Texas Rising (2015) Andrew Jackson, Down Dog (2015) Jimmy Wood, 7 Minutes (2014) Mr. B, Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Reed Haskett, Midnight Stallion (2013) Jack Shepard, Angels Sing (2013) The Colonel, The Motel Life (2012) Earl Hurley, Brandi Carlile: That Wasn't Me (2012) Convict, Deadfall (2012) Chet Mills, Joyful Noise (2012)...

Birth information

22 June 1936 Brownsville, Texas, USA

Given Name

Kristoffer Kristofferson

How tall is Kris Kristofferson?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lisa Marie Meyers
Rita Coolidge
Frances Mavia Beer

Life Story of Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California. From there, he earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford University. He ultimately joined the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot, which served him well later. In 1965, he resigned his commission to pursue songwriting. He had just been assigned to become a teacher at USMA West Point. He got a job sweeping floors in Nashville studios. There he met Johnny Cash, who initially took some of his songs but ignored them. He was also working as a commercial helicopter pilot at the time. He got Cash's attention when he landed his helicopter in Cash's yard and gave him some more tapes. Cash then recorded Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down", which was voted the 1970 Song of the Year by the Country Music Association. Kris was noted for his heavy boozing. He lost his helicopter pilot job when he passed out at the...

Significant features of Kris Kristofferson

Beard and long hair
Deep resonant voice

What movies did Kris Kristofferson play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Blaze (2018) Edwin Fuller, Best Friend from Heaven (2017) As Gabriel, The Star (2017) Old Donkey, Hickok (2017) George Knox, The Red Maple Leaf (2016) President John Francis Marshall, Traded (2016) Billy, Lawless Range (2016) Boss Flood, Texas Rising (2015) Andrew Jackson, Down Dog (2015) Jimmy Wood, 7 Minutes (2014) Mr. B, Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Reed Haskett, Midnight Stallion (2013) Jack Shepard, Angels Sing (2013) The Colonel, The Motel Life (2012) Earl Hurley, Brandi Carlile: That Wasn't Me (2012) Convict, Deadfall (2012) Chet Mills, Joyful Noise (2012)...

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Kris Kristofferson in Muscle Shoals (2013)

In June 1999, Kristofferson underwent elective heart bypass.

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Kris Kristofferson and Matt Clark in Pat Garrett jagt Billy the Kid (1973)

Attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a B.A. in Creative Literature; graduated in 1958.

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Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, and Kate Mara in Cold Blood (2012)

Has been awarded an honorary Doctorate from Pomona College

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Kris Kristofferson in Fire Down Below (1997)

He wrote the song "Me and Bobbie (later Bobby) McGee" which Janis Joplin recorded. The song was a hit for Roger Miller in 1969, who started recording it even before Kristofferson was done writing it.

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Kris Kristofferson in Fire Down Below (1997)

He got his start in the music business by landing a helicopter in Johnny Cash's backyard and presenting him with a song he had written. Cash went on to record the song

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Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams in Die Grenzwölfe (1984)

A young Kris Kristofferson can be seen on one of of his album covers in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).

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Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams in Die Grenzwölfe (1984)

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Kris Kristofferson, Tess Harper, and Jean Smart in Die Grenzwölfe (1984)

Brother of Karen Kirschenbauer.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

He got the leading male role of A Star Is Born (1976) after Elvis Presley couldn't do it. Elvis has also recorded a song written by Kristofferson.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Burt Young in Convoy (1978)

1970: Won the coveted Country Music Song of the Year Award for his song, "Sunday Morning Coming Down", as well as the Country Music Songwriter of the Year Award.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2006 in Austin, Texas. The other inductees were Matthew McConaughey, JoBeth Williams, Cybill Shepherd and Lyle Lovett.

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Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw in Convoy (1978)

On an interview he did before his concert in Finland, he told that his original ancestry is Finnish.

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    A joke as his ancestors were all from Sweden.

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Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw in Convoy (1978)

He was going to star as the lead in Hanover Street (1979), but dropped out to mount a concert tour instead. Harrison Ford got the part.

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Kris Kristofferson, Sam Peckinpah, Brian Davies, and Ali MacGraw in Convoy (1978)

Among his personal heroes are Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, and Mohandas Gandhi.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

Favorite actors are William Holden, Robert Ryan and Gregory Peck.

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Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw in Convoy (1978)

Used to work as a commercial helicopter pilot.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

He is a good friend of Muhammad Ali and Willie Nelson. He was also a very good friend of the late Johnny Cash.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

Was a skilled boxer, rugby, and football player until a string of serious injuries forced him to quit.

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Kris Kristofferson in Convoy (1978)

As a kid, his heroes were Hank Williams and Rocky Graziano.

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Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson in Dolly Parton: Treasures (1996)

Cameron Crowe posed as a student at Clairemont High School to get material for the screenplay for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). The principal of Clairemont was not thrilled with the idea, but when he asked Crowe about musicians that he had met, he mentioned Kris Kristofferson. The principal was a big fan of Kristofferson and agreed to let Crowe on campus.

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Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin in Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

He is a former United States Army Rangers captain. He graduated Airborne School, Ranger School, and flight school, served in Germany, and volunteered for Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, but instead was offered a professor of English Literature position at USMA West Point. Disappointed that he was not allowed to fight in Vietnam, he resigned his position in 1965.

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Kris Kristofferson in Das Rollover-Komplott (1981)

He was the first choice for the role of "The Driver" in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971).

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Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson in Das Rollover-Komplott (1981)

The American Veteran Awards named him Veteran of the Year in 2002.

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Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson in Das Rollover-Komplott (1981)

First grew a beard during a hospital stay. He kept it because it made him look older.

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Kris Kristofferson in Das Rollover-Komplott (1981)

Wrote two tribute songs to his friend Sam Peckinpah. He called them "Sam's Song (Ask Any Working Girl)" and "One for the Money".

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Kris Kristofferson in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

Became good friends with the late James Coburn. They worked together on Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Convoy (1978) and Payback (1999). Coburn also sang some backup vocals on Kristofferson's album "Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame".

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Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

Close friend of Joan Baez.

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Kris Kristofferson in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

It is speculated that either Kristofferson, Warren Beatty, Cat Stevens or Mick Jagger "inspired" the famous song "You're so Vain" by Carly Simon. Kristofferson doesn't think so himself, and said the following when an interviewer asked him about it: "It couldn't have been me, 'cause I've never flown in a Lear jet like that guy in the song.".

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Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

After seeing Kristofferson perform at the popular tavern The Troubadour in Los Angeles and his appearance in Cisco Pike (1972), Sam Peckinpah decided to cast him as Billy the Kid in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973).

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Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

Played football with Burt Reynolds in preparation for Semi-Tough (1977). Both men had been outstanding footballers in college - Reynolds almost turned pro.

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Kris Kristofferson in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

Tested for the part of Superman in Superman (1978).

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Kris Kristofferson in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

He was one of many names tossed around for the potential role of John Rambo in First Blood (1982). Some producers hoped it would kindle the interest of Kristofferson's friend Sam Peckinpah.

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Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles in Der Weg allen Fleisches (1976)

His brother Kraigher Kristofferson is, like Kris, a veteran of the Armed Forces. Kraigher was a United States Navy fighter pilot and served in the Vietnam War.

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Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

One of the few male celebrities to have appeared as a model in both Playgirl and Playboy. The Playboy piece was especially daring, with Kristofferson posing with co-star Sarah Miles as a promo for The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976). Kristofferson regretted it, and admitted he had been drunk and couldn't even remember doing it. He posed in Playgirl as a favor to his good friend Jane Fonda, who was interviewed about their movie Rollover (1981).

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Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

A couple of years after he got out of the army, Kristofferson joined the Tennessee National Guard. He flew helicopters.

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Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

He was asked to try out for the United States Special Forces, but didn't fancy it.

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Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

He was set to become a Major when he decided to quit the United States Army Rangers after almost five years.

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Burt Reynolds, Brian Dennehy, and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

Friends with Jeff Bridges and fellow Texan Tommy Lee Jones. Was also friends with the late Warren Oates.

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Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

A fitness fanatic for most of his life, he worked out rigorously up to the mid-1990s, running seven miles daily, worked out on a punching bag and rowing machine and swimming.

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Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

Is friends with singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. The two have also toured together. Kristofferson mentions Brown in his song "Eddie the Eunuch".

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Kris Kristofferson and Bob Swaim in Die Zeit der Jugend (1998)

Avid golfer.

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Kris Kristofferson in Die Zeit der Jugend (1998)

The Rhodes Scholarship, which Kristofferson won to study at Oxford University in England, is widely considered the world's most prestigious academic scholarship. Other notable Rhodes scholars include: Bill Clinton (the 42nd President of the United States), United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk, astronomer Edwin Hubble, film director Terrence Malick, feminist author and critic Naomi Wolf, and political adviser and commentator George Stephanopoulos.

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Kris Kristofferson in Lone Star (1996)

His paternal grandparents were Swedish. His mother had English, Scots-Irish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch ancestry.

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