Kris Kristofferson Biography
Kris Kristofferson (real name – Kristoffer Kristofferson) is a retired American singer, actor, and songwriter who is best known for songwriting “For the Good Times”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, and “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” All of which were hits for other music artists.
Kris Kristofferson Education
In the year 1954, he graduated from San Mateo High School and then enrolled at Pomona College (as an aspiring writer). Kristofferson graduated summa cum laude from there in the year 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature. While there, he was part of the Phi Beta Kappa.
He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in the year 1958, where he studied at Merton College. During his stint there, he won a Blue for boxing and was part of the rugby team. There he also started writing songs. Kristofferson graduated from the university in the year 1960 with a Bachelor of Philosophy (B. Phil.) degree in English literature.
Kris Kristofferson Age
Kristofferson is 86 years old as of 2022. He was born on June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas, United States. He celebrates his birthday on the 22nd of June every year.
Kris Kristofferson Height
Kristofferson stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m).
Kris Kristofferson Family
Kristofferson was born to Lars Henry Kristofferson (father) and Mary Ann (mother). His dad was a United States Army Air Corps officer, before being promoted to a United States Air Force major general. Kristofferson’s grandparents are Sweden immigrants and his mom is of English, German, Scots-Irish, Dutch, and Swiss-German ancestry. His paternal grandfather worked as an officer in the Swedish Army.
Kris Kristofferson Siblings
Kristofferson grew up alongside 2 siblings, Karen Kirschenbauer (late sister) and Kraigher Kristofferson (brother).
Kris Kristofferson Sister
Kristofferson’s sister Karen Kirschenbauer was an American actress best known for Sommersby (1993), Vanishing Son (1994), and The Jackal (1997). She was born on December 18, 1938, and passed away on May 6, 2005, in Middleburg, Virginia, due to unknown reasons.
Kris Kristofferson Brother
Kristofferson’s brother Kraigher Kristofferson is a veteran of the Armed Forces and was a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, who worked in the Vietnam War.
Kris Kristofferson Wife
Kristofferson is married to Lisa Meyers, a hairdresser. They tied the knot in the year 1983. The couple owns a house in Los Flores Canyon in Malibu, CA. They also maintain a residence in Hana on Maui island.
Kris Kristofferson Ex-wives
Kristofferson is in her 3rd marriage. His second marriage was with Rita Coolidge, with whom they tied the knot in the year 1973, and divorced 7 years later (1980). The reason for their divorce is unknown. Kristofferson’s 1st wife was Frances “Fran” Mavia Beer, who was his longtime girlfriend. They tied the knot in the year 1961 and they ultimately divorced, also due to unknown reasons. Kristofferson has also dated Janis Joplin for a short time before her death in October 1970.
Kris Kristofferson Children
Kristofferson has 8 children from his 3 marriages. With his current wife Lisa Meyers, they take great pride in being dad and mom to their 5 children: Jesse (39 years old as of 2022 – born in 1983), Johnny (34 years old as of 2022 – born in 1988), Jody (37 years old as of 2022 – born in 1985), Blake (28 years old as of 2022 – born in 1994), and Kelly Marie (32 years old as of 2022 – born in 1990).
With his 1st wife Fran Mavia Beer, they were blessed with 2 children; Kris (son) and Tracy (daughter). Kris is 54 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 1968. Tracy is 60 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 1962. With his 2nd wife Rita Coolidge, they were blessed with one daughter, Casey, who is 48 years old as of 2022. Kristofferson also has one kid from his time in Germany as a helicopter pilot.
Kris Kristofferson Net Worth
Kristofferson has an annual estimated net worth of $160 Million.
Kris Kristofferson Music
Kristofferson pursued a music career in Nashville after resigning from the army in the year 1965. He served on odd jobs while he struggled for success in music. In Nashville, Kristofferson worked as a floor cleaner at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. He has also served at the south Louisiana firm Petroleum Helicopters International (PHI) in Lafayette as a commercial helicopter pilot.
Kristofferson joined his fellow country artists Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings, in the year 1985. He joined them in “The Highwaymen” (the country music supergroup). The band was an essential creative force in the outlaw movement of country music that eschewed the machine of traditional Nashville country music in favor of independent producing and songwriting. In the year 2004, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Kris Kristofferson Acting
Kristofferson is known for appearing in many films, including Blume in Love (1973), A Star Is Born (1976), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Lone Star (1996), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), the Blade film trilogy (1998–2004), Heaven’s Gate (1980), Stagecoach (1986), and Convoy (1978). The film “A Star Is Born” won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
He has also starred in the film: as Abraham Whistler on “Blade” alongside Wesley Snipes, “Vigilante Force” (1976), “Freedom Road,” “Amerika” with Christine Lahti and Robert Urich, “Joyful Noise” with Dolly Parton, “The Motel Life,” “Angels Sing,” and many others.
Kris Kristofferson Military
When Kristofferson was young, his dad who was a U.S. Air Force major general pushed him toward a military career. Kristofferson joined the United States Army and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. He also attained the captain rank. After receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Kristofferson took the role of a helicopter pilot.
While in the military, he also finished Ranger School. Kristofferson was stationed in West Germany during the early ’60s, to be part of the 8th Infantry Division. While there, he continued with his career in music and even formed a music band.
Kristofferson began teaching English literature at West Point in the year 1965 after touring Germany. Later on, he resigned from the Army and pursue a career in songwriting. Kristofferson’s family disowned him since he decided to leave the army. It is not yet clear whether he reconciled with his family. At the 2003 American Veterans Awards ceremony, he earned the Veteran of the Year Award.
Kris Kristofferson Health / Illness
He has experienced a few serious medical issues. In the year 199, he underwent a successful bypass surgery. He has also suffered from what was finally diagnosed as Lyme disease for 11 years (2004-2015). Regardless, it was incorrectly and initially thought to be early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
It is not yet clear how he contracted Lyme disease, but it is suspected that he caught it while he was acting in a film in the Vermont woods in the year 2002. Kristofferson’s wife Lisa Meyers is thankful for the successful diagnosis and recovery for getting 2nd opinions when dealing with Alzheimer-type and auto-immune diagnoses. Kristofferson undergoes treatments by a specialist in California. The specialist added antibiotic intramuscular injections to his protocol and is persisting to treat him.