Dennis Christopher (born December 2, 1955) is an American film actor. He is known for his roles in Breaking Away and in Fade to Black. He has appeared in nearly 40 movies and made-for-TV movies since 1975. Life and career Christopher was born Dennis Carrelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1950. He is of half Italian descent and half Irish descent. Christopher's breakthrough role was as Dave Stoller in the coming-of-age classic Breaking Away (1979). His performance won him the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Youth in Film Award for Best Juvenile Actor in a Motion Picture, as well as garnering a Golden Globe nomination. Christopher's other roles include American track star Charlie Paddock in Chariots of Fire, and tragic film buff psychopath Eric Binford in Fade to Black, Damon in The Falling (1985), Nathan Flowers in A Sinful Life (1989), and science fiction movies like Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II. Television roles include "Jack of All Trades" in the Profiler TV series, Eddie Kaspbrak in Stephen King's It, Desmond Floyd in Jake Speed, and in the HBO series Deadwood. Christopher has guest starred in two Star Trek episodes: the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Search (Part II)" and the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Detained". He also guest-starred as the demon-sorcerer Cyvus Vail in three episodes of Angel. Christopher had a reunion with his Breaking Away "father" Paul Dooley, again as his son, in an episode of TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The two had first played father and son in Robert Altman's A Wedding. In December 2006 he played Dr. Martin Ruber in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. Christopher played a character named Leonide Moguy in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012). He also played the adult Eddie Kaspbrak in Stephen King's IT.