Christopher Guest (Actor) - This Is Spinal Tap
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Updated: 2/24/16

Name: Christopher Guest

Born: February 5, 1948, New York City

Claim To Fame: He is known for such films as This is Spinal Tap, and The Princess Bride.

Family Life: Guest is married to well-known actress Jamie Lee Curtis with two children, Annie Guest and Thomas.

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Info: Guest received his dramatic arts training at New York City's High School of Arts and Music and at Bard College, and first appeared in minor film roles including The Hot Rock (1972), Death Wish (1974), Lemmings (1973), and The Long Riders (1980).

However, he was also dabbling in writing for several T.V. shows, and when filming Million Dollar Infield (1982), Guest became acquainted with writer-director Rob Reiner and the two collaborated, along with Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, to pen the script and music for the sleeper hit This Is Spinal Tap (1984).

In the 1980s, Guest was a regular performer on Saturday Night Live (1975) and, along with fellow Spinal Tap band members lead singer David St. Hubbins, aka Michael McKean; and bassist Derek Smalls, aka Harry Shearer, they regularly appeared as Spinal Tap.

He played high-strung choreographer Corky St. Clair in the humorous Waiting for Guffman (1996). He made a return to heavy metal with Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1998) and Catching Up with Marty DiBergi (2000) before turning his creating the sensational comedy Best in Show (2000).

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Trivia: Became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, of Saling in the County of Essex, when his father died in 1996.

Older brother of actor Nicholas Guest, who is heir presumptive to the family title. (As Christopher's children are adopted, they cannot inherit the barony).

Half-brother of journalist Anthony Haden-Guest, the bibulous English socialite and journalist satirized by 'Tom Wolfe' in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).

When a publicity photo of Guest and his co-stars from This Is Spinal Tap (1984) ran in Rolling Stone magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis saw the picture, fell in love and gave her phone number to Guest's agent. They dated and eventually married.

Brother-in-law of actress Kelly Curtis and Pamela Guest.

Son-in-law of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

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Where Are They Now: Guest holds an honorary doctorate from and is a member of the board of trustees for Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He was most recently the writer and producer of the HBO series, Family Tree, a lighthearted story in the style he made famous in Spinal Tap, in which the main character, Tom Chadwick, inherits a box of curios from his great aunt, spurring interest in his ancestry.

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