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An Air Force brat, Kris Kristofferson was born June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas. He earned a degree in creative writing from Pomona College and studied literature at Oxford before heeding the family calling and joining the military. Later, however, Kristofferson gave up a teaching post at West Point to pursue songwriting.

A helicopter pilot, Kristofferson got Johnny Cash's attention by landing in Cash's yard to deliver some tapes. Cash scored a No. 1 hit with one of Kristofferson's tunes, and the songwriter soon became highly sought after, working with artists such as Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson.

After writing the music for and appearing in Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie (1971), Kristofferson attracted the notice of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and John Sayles. Other Kristofferson credits include Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, A Star Is Born and Lone Star.

Kris Kristofferson in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

1974 PG

Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar playing Alice Hyatt, a destitute widow who must find the strength to go on for her young son (Alfred Lutter) in the face of loneliness and fear, in this classic slice of 1970s cinema from director Martin Scorsese. When the pair lands in Tucson, Ariz., Alice takes a job at a diner and meets a customer (Kris Kristofferson) who helps mend her fractured heart. The film spawned the popular TV sitcom "Alice."

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