Christopher Riordan

Biography

Date of Birth 25 November 1937, Redwood City, California, USA Height 5' 11" (1.80 m) Mini Biography Baby boy, Aragon was born to Amelia Mary Aragon, and was the seventh of her eight children. The first five children were fathered by a Joseph Aragon, who died somewhere between 1932 and 1935. No one seems to know the father(s) of the sixth, seventh and eighth child. Numbers 6 and 8 child were adopted within the family. Only Christopher was adopted outside of the family. Seemingly, the adoption should have been ideal. The couple came from wealth, and good breeding. Christopher was given the name Ronald William Sallows at this time. However, within a year or so of the adoption, the Sallows couple separated, and ultimately divorced. Before long, Mrs. Sallows became Mrs. Riordan; and this is the man that Christopher was told was his father. That is, until he reached the age of 15. At that time, the Riordan marriage was over. This was received with mixed emotions from Christopher. On one hand, he feared what divorce would bring; but on the other hand, he had now found out (in a not very nice way) that Riordan was not only NOT his father, but that he was adopted, as well. This was a relief, actually. Because by this time, Christopher somehow KNEW that he was NOT a part of 'these people.' Growing up, Christopher saw his 'mother' drinking too much, and keeping company with other men. Mr. Riordan didn't drink too much; he was mean enough without alcohol. To be brief, the mental and physical abuse was truly overwhelming. After yet another so-called marriage, where the physical abuse got even worse, Christopher ran away from home, shorty after graduating from High School. Once in Hollywood, his life changed completely. First, at M-G-M, where he was immediately given a small role in, "Somebody Up There Likes Me," and then after meeting Montgomery Clift, another role in, "Raintree County." Then, after a few years in Hollywood, his first name was changed to Christopher. Christopher was kept busy between film, TV, stage, and nightclub work from then on. In 1962, Christopher was seen by Fred Astaire, and his choreographer, Hermes Pan, and was hired to dance with Barrie Chase. This union consisted of appearing in Las Vegas, on The Hollywood Palace, etc. Hermes Pan hired Christopher for several films ("My Fair Lady", "The Great Race", etc.) televisions shows (Carol Channing Special, The Hollywood Palace, etc.) ... and then, more serious acting parts started coming in. Eventually, Christopher even received 'Single Card Billing.' Not bad, for a kid who ran away from home to be in the movies. Christopher has one son, by a very early marriage. His son also works in films and television; but on the other side of the camera. And now, even in his 70's, Christopher is still doing films, television and nightclubs. Christopher resides at Falcon Lair, the former home of Rudolph Valentino, and also, Doris Duke. Spouse Sherri Mattison (1963 - 1965) 1 child Trivia Was hand-picked by Fred Astaire to succeed him as dance partner for Barrie Chase. He was simultaneously offered roles in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)and Myra Breckinridge (1970), but turned the latter film down. Danced and choreographed under the name Ronnie Riordan. Has a son, Sean, born January 7, 1964. First chairman of the board of directors of the Professional Dancer's Society. Christopher was the last actor to reside at Rudolph Valentino's home, Falcon Lair, as it originally stood. It is now under construction for a renovation and restoration. There will, undoubtedly, be some changes made. Called film director, Lewis Milestone, the father he never had. Was also introduced by the Milestones as the son they never had. Christopher is still in touch with former fan club president, Linda Hoffman-Stearns. The club was established in 1969. He still meets Barrie Chase for lunch at least once a week. They first worked together in 1962. Occasionally performs his night-club act with accompanist, James Fredericks, especially for AIDS benefits. Had roles in 8 Elvis Presley films and specials. Provided background vocals on both renditions of the song "Ascot Gavotte" for the My Fair Lady (1964) soundtrack recording. In 1956, when playing the uncredited role of Elizabeth Taylor's son in Raintree County (1957), he was only six years younger than she. Slightly more plausible, Montgomery Clift, who played the father, was 36, making him at least 18 years older than Christopher. In 1952, Lewis Milestone (Christopher's "adoptive" father), directed William Cottrell in his film version of Les Miserables (1952). In 1993, Christopher directed William Cottrell in his stage version of "Don Juan in Hell." Mr. Cottrell was the narrator, the role he had in the 1951 premiere performance of "Don Juan," which starred, Charles Laughton, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke, and Agnes Moorehead. Mr. Cottrell was also the man Marlon Brando chose to coach him when the two appeared in the film, Julius Caesar (1953). Christopher Riordan was the special Guest Speaker at the 83rd Annual Memorial Service for Rudolph Valentino held crypt-side at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 23, 2009. Christopher was guest speaker at the book signing for the Sal Mineo biography, written by Michael Gregg Michaud, held at Book Soup on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood on November 7, 2010. Christopher was honored to speak at the 46th annual famous "Cinecon Classic Film Festival" at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood on Sunday, September 5, 2010. Christopher is listed in the acknowledgments of the new book about the actress Kay Thompson, called "Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise", which was released in 2010. Christopher Riordan and Barrie Chase were introduced at the Cinecon 47 Classic Film Festival Award Presentations at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood on Sunday, September 4, 2011. Christopher and Barrie celebrate 50 years of friendship and a working relationship with this appearance. Attended 'The Hollywood Show' in Burbank, California, on October 8 and 9, 2011. He appeared in the reunion of the cast members of the "Batman" TV series, celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the show. Elvis: Rock N Royalty. Christopher Riordan appears in a number of scenes from archive footage of Elvis Presley movies in this new, 2011, documentary about the King of Rock 'n Roll. Christopher Riordan appeared on 'The Elvis Cruise' in January, 2012. This is a special, annual, Caribbean cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines, which includes celebrities involved in Elvis movies, television specials, and other appearances by The King. Attended 'The Hollywood Show' in Burbank, California, on February 11 and 12, 2012. He appeared with other cast members from various Elvis Presley movies, television specials, and other appearances by The King. Where Are They Now (2006) Currently resides at Falcon Lair in Beverly Hills, the former residence of Rudolph Valentino, and is preparing for an upcoming appearance in a film about the silent film star. (May 2007) Currently resides at Falcon Lair in Beverly Hills, which is the former residence of Rudolph Valentino. (April 2008) Currently resides at Falcon Lair in Beverly Hills, which is the former residence of Rudolph Valentino. (January 2009) Currently resides at Falcon Lair in Beverly Hills, which is the former residence of Rudolph Valentino. (August 2009) Is an Associate Producer on new Marlyn Mason film, "The Bag," now in production. (October 2010) Christopher is currently in production and appearing in the new television series, "Outsourced" (2010).

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Fantastic Voyage

Young Scientist (uncredited)

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The Great Race

Cowboy/Dancer (uncredited)

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Clambake

Beach boy (uncredited)

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Village of the Giants

Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

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Many Happy Returns

Ronnie 26 episodes, 1964-1965

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A Swingin' Summer

Go-Go Boy (uncredited)

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The Gay Deceivers

Duane

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Double Threat

Airport Goon

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I'll Take Sweden

Student on Beach (uncredited)

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Curious Females

Troy

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Double Threat

Airport Goon

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Break Even

DEA Officer

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The Hurricane

Jury Foreman

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Many Happy Returns

Ronnie 26 episodes, 1964-1965

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New York, New York

Dancer / Club Patron (uncredited)

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Night Moves

One of the suspects as a youth (uncredited)

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Elvis on Tour

Himself (archive footage)

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Simon, King of the Witches

Warlock (uncredited)

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Gay Boy (as Chris Riordian)

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Curious Females

Troy

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The Gay Deceivers

Duane

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Countdown

Employee (uncredited)

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Camelot

Serf burning at stake (uncredited)

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Clambake

Beach boy (uncredited)

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

Jazz Baby Dance Partner (uncredited)

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Eight on the Lam

Bank Worker (uncredited)

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Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Hot Rods to Hell

Student (uncredited)

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Double Trouble

Young Englishman (uncredited)

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Spinout

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Penelope

Bank Customer (uncredited)

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What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?

Soldier (uncredited)

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Fantastic Voyage

Young Scientist (uncredited)

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The Glass Bottom Boat

Party Guest / Computer Plant Worker (uncredited)

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The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

Beach Boy (uncredited)

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Made in Paris

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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The Glory Guys

Trooper (uncredited)

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The Cincinnati Kid

Railroad Worker (uncredited)

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The Great Race

Cowboy/Dancer (uncredited)

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Tickle Me

Dancing Bit (uncredited)

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Von Ryan's Express

Nude POW (uncredited)

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I'll Take Sweden

Student on Beach (uncredited)

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Beach Blanket Bingo

Beach boy (uncredited)

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Ski Party

Skier (uncredited)

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The Loved One

Best Man (uncredited)

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A Rage to Live

Harvard Student (uncredited)

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Village of the Giants

Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

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A Swingin' Summer

Go-Go Boy (uncredited)

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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

Beach boy (uncredited)

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Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

Robot Dancer (uncredited)

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Marriage on the Rocks

Cage Dancer (uncredited)

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Goodbye Charlie

Elegant Bistro Customer (uncredited)

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Roustabout

Carnival Worker (uncredited)

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Fate Is The Hunter

Soldier in Audience (uncredited)

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Viva Las Vegas

Dancer (uncredited)

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The Fugitive - Season Two, Vol. 1

Customer / ... (4 episodes, 1964-1965)

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Raintree County

Oldest Version of John's Son (uncredited)

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

One of Rocky's Friends (uncredited)

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