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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 controls, and his drinking ruined his marriage to singer Rita Coolidge, when he was reaching a bottle and half of Jack Daniels daily. He gave up alcohol in 1976. His acting career nose-dived after making Heaven's Gate (1980). In recent years, he has made a comeback with his musical and acting careers. He does say that he prefers his music, but says his children are his true legacy.

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Jun 22, 1936 In Brownsville, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Columbo 1971-03-01
Latest Project:
Series Texas Rising 2015-05-25

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.

Known For
Poster of True Detective
Poster of Californication
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of The X Factor UK
Texas Rising Andrew Jackson 5 episodes, 2015 2015-05-25
True Detective Unknown 2014-01-12
Californication Unknown 2007-08-13
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Dead Man's Gun Narrator 43 episodes, 1997-1999 1999-09-04
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
Amerika Devin Milford 6 episodes, 1987 1987-02-15
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
The Muppet Show Unknown 1977-04-23
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Austin City Limits Self 1 episode, 1997 1975
Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01