CHRISTOPHER RIORDAN




•    Date of Birth: 25 November 1937, Redwood City, California, USA

•    Spouse: Sherri Mattison (1963 - 1965), and had 1 child

•    Sherri Mattison was Miss Universe runner-up in 1962 having been Miss Wisconsin of that year. At the time of their meeting, Christopher was dating Miss Wisconsin 1961, Darlene Lucht (aka Tara Ashton).

•    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 is 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.

•    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.

•    Provided background vocals on both renditions of the song "Ascot Gavotte" for the "My Fair Lady" soundtrack recording.

•    In 1956, when playing Elizabeth Taylor's son in "Raintree County," he was only six years younger than the then 24-year-old Miss Taylor. 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." 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.

•    Worked with Elvis Presley 7 times — in 6 movies and in Elvis' first television special. "Viva Las Vegas" (1964), "Roustabout" (1964), "Tickle Me" (1965), "Spinout" (1966), "Double Trouble" (1967), "Clambake" (1967), and "Elvis: 1968 Comeback Special" (1968).

•    Was Leg Double for Steven Boyd in the movie, "Fantastic Voyage."

•    "Show Talk" — (TV Series) 1989 (program which interviewed people in all areas of show business), hosted by Sandy Zacky. Written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Riordan. Guest stars included Roberta Sherwood, Walter Scharf, Arthur Hamilton, Patsy Swayze, Don Swayze, etc.

•    PBS Television Special: "Induction of Fred Astaire into the Ballroom Dancer's Hall of Fame" (First Recipient) 1991, written, directed, produced, and co-hosted by Christopher Riordan. Guest stars included Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Gene Nelson, Barrie Chase, George Chakiris, Patsy Swayze, Virginia Mayo, etc.

•    Currently (2008) resides at Falcon Lair in Beverly Hills, which is the former residence of Rudolph Valentino.
















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