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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 June 1956Stockton, California, USA
Birth NameChristopher Joseph Isaak
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chris Isaak was born on June 26, 1956 in Stockton, California, USA as Christopher Joseph Isaak.

Trade Mark (3)

Roy Orbison falsetto-style voice
Embroidered western/cowboy shirts.
His name in glitter, printed on his concert guitars

Trivia (26)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
Has two older brothers, Nick and Jeff. It was Nick who taught him how to play the guitar.
He was one of the valedictorians of his graduating class at Stagg High School, Stockton, California, in 1974.
1980 graduate of University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA.
From a working-class background, earned his bachelor's degree in English literature, then studied in Japan for a year. He worked in film studio there and also boxed as a light heavyweight amateur. Sang at parties and played rockabilly and Elvis Presley tunes on his guitar.
Returned to San Francisco and performed as a solo act then backed by Silvertone band. Signed with Reprise Records.
He lives by the beach in the San Francisco Bay area.
Has "I (Heart) Carole L" written on one of his guitars in memory of Carole Low, his former Stagg High School sweetheart, who passed away from cancer.
He was actually going to be dropped by his record label until David Lynch used "Wicked Game" on the soundtrack of Wild at Heart (1990), making the song a big hit and saving his record deal. He later acted for Lynch in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).
Ranked #68 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Good friends with Lara Flynn Boyle, the late Herb Ritts (1952-2002), and Bruce Weber.
Turned down the role of Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986).
Turned down the role of Ray Sinclair in Something Wild (1986).
Good friends and collaborator with Stevie Nicks.
Two music videos that made it on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments: "Wicked Game" was #4 and "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was #28.
Music video "Wicked Game" was ranked #13 on VH1's (2001) 100 Greatest Videos list.
Is a surfer and has surfed with famous big wave surfers off San Francisco, where he is still living as of 2016.
His father's family were ethnic Germans from Bessarabia, Russia. His mother's family is from Trefontane, Monteggio, in Genoa, Italy.
Is a fourth generation Stocktonian (Stockton, California, USA). His great grandparents, his grandparents, and his father were all born in Stockton before Chris and his brothers Nick and Jeff.
The 1991 black and white music video for "Wicked Game" was directed by Herb Ritts, and featured Isaak and supermodel Helena Christensen.
The 1999 music video for "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was directed by Herb Ritts, and featured Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta.
His father was a forklift driver/operator and his mother, of Peruvian decent, was a factory worker.
When he visits his mother, who is still living in his childhood home in Stockton, California, he still cleans the yard for her.
Collects small red sculptural pieces which light up electronically.
Was an amateur boxer while in college.
Bruce Weber shot the photo art for his self titled second album, "Chris Isaak" in 1986.

Personal Quotes (2)

Just because there's a camera running doesn't mean you won't get killed.
How close is Bullwinkle to a real moose?

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