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Christopher Walken

Actor | * 03/31/1943 (75) | Queens, New York USA
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Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken; March 31, 1943) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows. Walken has had roles in films such as Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dogs of War (1980), The Dead Zone (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), Batman Returns (1992), True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Antz (1998), Vendetta (1999), Sleepy Hollow"> ()
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Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, usually called "Chris") is an American stage and screen actor. He has appeared in more than 100 movies and television shows. Walken was born Ronald Walken (named after actor Ronald Colman) into a Methodist family in Astoria, Queens, New York. His mother, Rosalie, was a Scottish immigrant from Glasgow, and his father, Paul Walken, emigrated from Germany in 1928 with his brothers, Wilhelm and Alois. His father was a baker and his mother worked as a window dresser. Influenced by their mother's own dreams of stardom, he and his brothers Kenneth and Glenn were child actors on television in the 1950s. Walken studied at Hofstra University on Long Island, but did not graduate. Walken initially trained as a dancer in music theatre at the Washington Dance Studio before moving on to dramatic roles in theatre and then film. Walken is imitated for his deadpan affect, sudden off-beat pauses, and strange speech rhythm, in a manner similar to William Shatner. He is revered for his quality of danger and menace, but his unpredictable deliveries and expressions make him invaluable in comedy as well. Walken is noted for refusing movie roles only rarely, having stated in interviews that he will decline a role only if he is simply too busy on other projects to take it. He regards each role as a learning experience. Walken has been married to Georgianne Walken (born Thon) since 1969; she is a casting director, most notably for The Sopranos. They live in Connecticut and have no children (Walken has stated in interviews that not having children is one of the reasons he has had such a prolific career). In regard to his villainous roles preceding him when meeting new people, Walken says, "When they see me in a movie, they expect me to be something nasty ... That's why it's good to defy expectations sometimes.".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Thriller

Known for these Movies & Shows

Catch Me If You Can

PG-13

2002 | 4.0/5 | 2h 21min
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Seven Psychopaths

R

2012 | 3.4/5 | 1h 50min
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Hairspray

PG

2007 | 3.3/5 | 1h 57min
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The Deer Hunter

R

1978 | 4.0/5 | 3h 3min
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Awards & Nominations for Christopher Walken

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Theatre World Award 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

Movies with Christopher Walken as Actor(118)

as Percy Schmeiser2019 Percy
as Myron2018 Irreplaceable You
as Dr. Tinkler2017 Father Figures
as Caleb Fang2016 The Family Fang
as Felix Perkins2016 Nine Lives
as Warren Sharp2016 Eddie the Eagle
as Paul Lombard2016 One More Time
as King Louie (voice)2016 The Jungle Book
as Curtis Pelissier2014 Turks & Caicos
as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo2014 Jersey Boys
as Captain Hook2014 Peter Pan Live!
as Doke2013 The Power of Few
as Doc2013 Stand Up Guys
as Peter Mitchell2012 A Late Quartet
as Hans Kieslowski2012 Seven Psychopaths
as Jackie2011 Dark Horse
as Shondor Birns2011 Kill the Irishman
as Roy Callahan2010 Life's a Beach
as Roger2009 The Maiden Heist
as Nat Parker2008 $5 a Day
as Wilbur Turnblad2007 Hairspray
as Feng2007 Balls of Fury
as Morty2006 Click
as Jack Menken2006 Man of the Year
as Brewster2006 Fade to Black
as Mark Heiss2005 Domino
as Cousin Bo2005 Romance & Cigarettes
as Secretary William Cleary2005 Wedding Crashers
as Rayburn2004 Man on Fire
as Turner Lair2004 Around the Bend
as Mike Wellington2004 The Stepford Wives
as J-Man2004 Envy
as Det. Stanley Jacobellis2003 Gigli
as Hatcher2003 The Rundown
as Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio2003 Kangaroo Jack
as Frank Featherbed2002 Undertaking Betty
as Bruce Dickinson (archive footage)2002 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell
as Reed Thimple2002 The Country Bears
as Frank Abagnale2002 Catch Me If You Can
as Uncle Mike2002 Poolhall Junkies
as Marcus Portius Cato2002 Julius Caesar
as Hal Weidmann2001 America's Sweethearts
as Clem2001 Joe Dirt
as Lieutenant McDuff2001 Scotland, Pa.
as Count Cagliostro2001 The Affair of the Necklace
as Victor 'Vic' Kelly2000 The Opportunists
as Fox1999 New Rose Hotel
as Hessian Horseman1999 Sleepy Hollow
as Calvin Webber1999 Blast from the Past
as James Houston1999 Vendetta
as Gabriel1998 The Prophecy II
as Bevalaqua1998 Illuminata
as Uncle Bill Ferriter1998 The Eternal
as Colonel Cutter (voice)1998 Antz
as Carlo Bartolucci1998 Suicide Kings
as Bill Hill1997 Touch
as Ray1997 Excess Baggage
as Caeser, the Exterminator1997 MouseHunt
as Ray Tempio1996 The Funeral
as The Interviewer1996 Basquiat
as Hickey1996 Last Man Standing
as Gabriel1995 The Prophecy
as Vanni Corso1995 A Business Affair
as Peina1995 The Addiction
as The Man with the Plan1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
as Bruno Buckingham1995 Wild Side
as Mr. Smith1995 Nick of Time
as Kim Ulander1995 Search and Destroy
as Captain Koons1994 Pulp Fiction
as Jack Shanks1993 Scam
as Vincenzo Coccotti1993 True Romance
as Bobby Cahn1993 Wayne's World 2
as Jacob Witting1993 Skylark
as Warren Zell1992 Mistress
as Max Shreck1992 Batman Returns
as Pasco Meisner1992 Le grand pardon 2
as Jacob Witting1991 Sarah, Plain and Tall
as P.J. Decker1991 All-American Murder
as McBain1991 McBain
as Frank White1990 King of New York
as Whitley Strieber1989 Communion
as Sgt. Toomey1988 Biloxi Blues
as Puss1988 Puss in Boots
as Wesley Pendergass1988 Homeboy
as Kyril Montana1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
as Don Stevens1987 Deadline
as Brad Whitewood Sr.1986 At Close Range
as Max Zorin1985 A View to a Kill
as Michael Brace1983 Brainstorm
as Johnny Smith1983 The Dead Zone
as Harry Nash1982 Who Am I This Time?
as Jamie Shannon1980 The Dogs of War
as Nathan D. Champion1980 Heaven's Gate
as Eckart1979 Last Embrace
as Mr. Rainbow1978 Shoot The Sun Down
as Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich1978 The Deer Hunter
as Russel1977 Roseland
as Det. Rizzo1977 The Sentinel
as Duane Hall1977 Annie Hall
as Robert Fulmer1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village
as Pvt. James H. Reese1972 The Mind Snatchers
as The Kid1971 The Anderson Tapes
as Boy1970 Cleopatra

TV Shows/Series with Christopher Walken as Actor(16)

Additional Information

Full Name: Christopher Walken
Born: 03/31/1943 in Astoria (current age: 75)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Hofstra University
Spouses (current/former): Georgianne Walken
Other names for Christopher Walken (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"크리스토퍼 워컨"
"كريستوفر واكن"
"クリストファー・ウォーケン"
"Кристофер Уокен"
"คริสโตเฟอร์ วอลเคน"
"克里斯托弗·沃肯"
"Ronald Walken"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:354, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/17/2019