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U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was a vice president of casting at CBS. His ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap Nigel Tufnel
(1984)
Best in Show
Best in Show Harlan Pepper
(2000)
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride Count Rugen
(1987)
A Mighty Wind
A Mighty Wind Alan Barrows
(2003)

Filmography

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 2016 Mascots
Corky St. Clair
 2013 Family Tree (TV Series)
Dave Chadwick / Phineas Chadwick
- Cowboys (2013) ... Dave Chadwick
- Civil War (2013) ... Dave Chadwick
- Welcome to America (2013) ... Dave Chadwick / Phineas Chadwick
 2009 Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead (Video)
Nigel Tufnel
 2009 Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place (Short)
Nigel Tufnel
 2009 The Invention of Lying
Nathan Goldfrappe
 2000-2009 The Daily Show (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Spinal Tap (2009) ... Nigel Tufnel
- Spinal Tap (2000) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode #1.86 (2009) ... Nigel Tufnel (as Spinal Tap)
 2009 Glastonbury 2009 (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel (as Spinal Tap)
 2007-2009 Channel 4 News (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 25 June 2009 (2009) ... Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 5 July 2007 (2007) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Joe Torre/Will Arnett/Spinal Tap (2009) ... Nigel Tufnel (as Spinal Tap)
 2009 Entertainment Tonight (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 1 May 2009 (2009) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2007 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
Stanley S. SquarePants
- Banned in Bikini Bottom/Stanley S. SquarePants (2007) ... Stanley S. SquarePants (voice)
 2007 CNN Newsroom (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 7 July 2007 (2007) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2007 Breakfast (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 5 July 2007 (2007) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2006 The Harry Smith Project Live (Video)
Alan Barrows
 2006 For Your Consideration
Jay Berman
 2005 Mrs Henderson Presents
Lord Cromer
 2003 Just for Laughs (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 23 November 2003 (2003) ... Nigel Tufnel (as Spinal Tap)
- Episode dated 19 October 2003 (2003) ... Nigel Tufnel (as Spinal Tap)
 2003 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
Alan Barrows
- Episode #11.6 (2003) ... Alan Barrows
 2003 MADtv (TV Series)
Alan Barrows
- Episode #8.21 (2003) ... Alan Barrows
 2003 The View (TV Series)
Alan Barrows
- Episode dated 10 April 2003 (2003) ... Alan Barrows
 2000-2003 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
Alan Barrows / Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 8 April 2003 (2003) ... Alan Barrows
- Episode dated 7 September 2000 (2000) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2003 A Mighty Wind
Alan Barrows
 2000 Catching Up with Marty DiBergi (Video short)
Nigel Tufnel
 2000 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode #8.267 (2000) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2000 Best in Show
Harlan Pepper
 2000 The Early Show (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 8 September 2000 (2000) ... Nigel Tufnel
 2000 The List (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 22 June 2000 (2000) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1999 D.O.A. (TV Movie)
 1999 Dilbert (TV Series)
The Dupey
- The Dupey (1999) ... The Dupey (voice)
 1998 Small Soldiers
Slamfist / Scratch-It (voice)
 1998 Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (Video short)
Nigel Tufnel
 1996 Waiting for Guffman
Corky St. Clair
 1993 Animaniacs (TV Series)
Umlatt
- King Yakko (1993) ... Umlatt (voice)
 1993 Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes (Video)
Nigel Tufnel
 1992 A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (TV Movie)
Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) / Alan Barrows (The Folksmen)
 1992 Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind - The Videos (Video short)
Nigel Tufnel (as Nigel Tufnel)
 1992 The Arsenio Hall Show (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 17 December 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 18 May 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1992 A Few Good Men
Dr. Stone
 1992 Halloween Jam at Universal Studios (TV Movie)
Nigel Tufnel
 1992 A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica (Video documentary)
Nigel Tufnel
 1992 American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special (TV Movie)
Nigel Tufnel - Member of Spinal Tap (uncredited)
 1992 Fox News (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 23 April 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1992 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- The Otto Show (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel (voice)
 1992 Tonight with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 8 April 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 27 March 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1992 Good Morning America (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 30 March 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1992 Headbangers Ball (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel - Host
- Episode dated 28 March 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel - Host
 1992 Rockline on MTV (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 23 March 1992 (1992) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1991 Amnesty International's Big 30 (TV Movie)
Nigel Tufnel
 1991 MTV News: The Week in Rock (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 11 October 1991 (1991) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1991 Morton & Hayes (TV Series)
El Supremo / Crooner / Dr. Von Astor
- Oafs Overboard (1991) ... El Supremo
- Society Saps (1991) ... Crooner
- Daffy Dicks (1991) ... Dr. Von Astor
 1990 Hard 'N Heavy Volume 8 (Video documentary)
Nigel Tufnel - Spinal Tap
 1990 Partners in Life (TV Movie)
El Supremo
 1989 I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood (TV Movie)
Antoninus DiMentabella
 1988 Sticky Fingers
Sam
 1987 The Princess Bride
Count Rugen
 1987 Beyond Therapy
Bob
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors
The First Customer
 1984-1985 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Various / Saturday Night News Anchor / Frank Lubar / ...
- Howard Cosell/Greg Kihn (1985) ... Saturday Night News Anchor / Various
- Christopher Reeve/Santana (1985) ... Saturday Night News Anchor / Various
- SNL Film Festival (1985) ... Various
- Pamela Sue Martin/Power Station (1985) ... Saturday Night News Anchor / Various
- Harry Anderson/Bryan Adams (1985) ... Saturday Night News Anchor / Various
 1985 True Confessions (TV Series)
- Bad Stuff (1985)
 1984 This Is Spinal Tap
Nigel Tufnel
 1984 The Joe Franklin Show (TV Series)
Nigel Tufnel
- Episode dated 1 February 1984 (1984) ... Nigel Tufnel
 1983 Likely Stories, Vol. 3 (TV Series)
Frankie
 1983 Close Ties (TV Movie)
Ira
 1982 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
H.J. Cummings
- Legionnaires: Part 2 (1982) ... H.J. Cummings
- Legionnaires: Part 1 (1982) ... H.J. Cummings
 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie)
Philip Ryan
 1982 Million Dollar Infield (TV Movie)
Bucky Frische
 1981 Heartbeeps
Calvin
 1981 Likely Stories, Vol. 1 (TV Movie)
 1980 B.C. Rock
No Lobes (English version, voice)
 1980 The Long Riders
Charlie Ford
 1980 Haywire (TV Movie)
The T.V. Director
 1979 The Last Word
Roger
 1979 The T.V. Show (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1979 Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series)
Jeb Stuart Magruder
- Part IV (1979) ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
- Part III (1979) ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
- Part II (1979) ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
- Part I (1979) ... Jeb Stuart Magruder
 1979 The Chevy Chase National Humor Test (TV Movie)
Various (uncredited)
 1978 Girlfriends
Eric
 1978 The Billion Dollar Bubble (TV Movie)
Al Green
 1978 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Greg Harris
- Bus Stop (1978) ... Greg Harris
 1977 All in the Family (TV Series)
Jim
- Mike and Gloria Meet (1977) ... Jim
 1977 It Happened One Christmas (TV Movie)
Harry Bailey
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Gordon Hamilton
- A Currency for Murder (1977) ... Gordon Hamilton
 1976 The TVTV Show (TV Movie)
Various
 1975 Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (TV Series)
Various
- Episode dated 8 November 1975 (1975) ... Various
- Episode dated 11 October 1975 (1975) ... Various
- Pilot (1975) ... Various
 1975 Shame of the Jungle
Chief M'Bulu / Short / Nurse (English version, voice)
 1975 The Fortune
Boy Lover
 1974 Death Wish
Patrolman Reilly
 1972 The Hot Rock
Policeman
 1971 The Hospital
Resident (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (25 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (19 credits)
Show Show Director (16 credits)
Show Show Music department (12 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Composer (5 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (74 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (18 credits)

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Other Works:

Director of TV commercials for Healthy Choice frozen foods, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as herself. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lord Haden-Guest | Spinal Tap | Nigel Tufnel

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Comedy is like music. You have to know the key and you have to find players with good chops. See more »

Trivia:

The five films that most influenced the director Christopher Guest: La Strada (1954) - Federico Fellini, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Stanley Kubrick, Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - Woody Allen, Cul-De-Sac (1966) - Roman Polanski, Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Buster Keaton. See more »

Trademark:

Has a remarkable ability to alter his appearance and voice, making each of his characters completely unique

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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