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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (Reed Haskett) is an award-winning actor, singer and songwriter with more than 50 film roles to his credit. Early in his film acting career, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of John Norman Howard in "A Star is Born," opposite Barbra Streisand. Kristofferson later earned acclaim for his performance in John Sayles' "Lone Star." He also worked with Sayles in the films "Silver City" and "Limbo." His more recent films include "Joyful Noise," with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah; Charles Martin Smith's "Dolphin Tale"; "He's Just Not That Into You," as part of an all-star ensemble cast; and a wide range of independent features, including the Westerns "Midnight Stallion" and "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride."

Among Kristofferson's many other film credits are Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"; the trilogy of "Blade" films; "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story"; "Where the Red Fern Grows"; Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes"; James Ivory's "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"; Brian Helgeland's "Payback"; Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate"; Michael Ritchie's "Semi-Tough"; Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; and Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." In addition, he earned an Oscar nomination for his composing work on Alan Rudolph's 1984 film "Songwriter," in which Kristofferson also starred with Willie Nelson. Over the past four decades, his songs have also been heard in a wide range of film and television projects.

A three-time Grammy Award winner, Kristofferson first came to fame as a chart-topping singer and songwriter. In the early 1970s, he emerged as one of the most sought-after concert performers and songwriters of the time, with songs like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Loving Her Was Easy" and "Why Me," among others. He was also one of the legendary Highwaymen, together with his friends Willie Nelson and the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. He continued to tour several months of the year with his own band.

Kristofferson has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to his other awards, he is a winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was honored in 2002 with the American Veteran's Association's "Veteran of the Year" Award. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television.


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