Christopher Walken

Actor, Dancer, Singer
Having made the rare successful transition from child player to adult star, Christopher Walken went on to become one of the most respected and sometimes feared performers on screen, if only because of his offbeat ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1943 in Astoria, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (127)

Nine Lives 2016 (Movie)

Felix Grant (Actor)

Peter Pan Live! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Fang 2015 (Movie)

Caleb Fang (Actor)

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

King Louie (Voice)

Jersey Boys 2014 (Movie)

Gyp DeCarlo (Actor)

Little Rootie Tootie 2014 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

The Power of Few 2013 (Movie)

Doke (Actor)

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Peter Mitchell (Actor)

Dark Horse 2012 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Gods Behaving Badly 2012 (Movie)

Zeus (Actor)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

Shondor Birns (Actor)

Always Brando 2010 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Fade to Black 2008 (Movie)

Pete Brewster (Actor)

Maiden Heist 2008 (Movie)

Roger Barlow (Actor)

$5 a Day 2007 (Movie)

Nat (Actor)

Balls of Fury 2007 (Movie)

Feng (Actor)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Wilbur Turnblad (Actor)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Cousin Bo (Actor)

Click 2006 (Movie)

Morty (Actor)

Man of the Year 2006 (Movie)

Jack Menken (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Mark Heiss (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Wedding Crashers 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Undertaking Betty 2005 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Secretary Cleary (Actor)

Around the Bend 2004 (Movie)

Turner Lair (Actor)

Envy 2004 (Movie)

J-Man (Actor)

Man on Fire 2004 (Movie)

Rayburn (Actor)

The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Mike Wellington (Actor)

Caesar 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Gigli 2003 (Movie)

Detective Stanley Jacobellis (Actor)

Kangaroo Jack 2003 (Movie)

Sal Maggio (Actor)

Poolhall Junkies 2003 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Reflections From Ground Zero 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rundown 2003 (Movie)

Hatcher (Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Frank W Abagnale Sr (Actor)

Scotland, PA 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ernie McDuff (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Reid Thimple (Actor)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Hal Weidmann (Actor)

David Blaine: Frozen in Time 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Joe Dirt 2001 (Movie)

Clem (Actor)

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Affair of the Necklace 2001 (Movie)

Count Cagliostro (Actor)

Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Opportunists 2000 (Movie)

Victor Kelly (Actor)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Bevalaqua (Actor)

New Rose Hotel 1999 (Movie)

Fox (Actor)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

Hessian Horseman (Actor)

The Prophecy III: the Ascent 1999 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Cutter (Voice)

Me and My Brother 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

No Vacancy 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Suicide Kings 1998 (Movie)

Charles Barrett (Actor)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Touch 1997 (Movie)

Bill Hill (Actor)

Trance 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

The Interviewer (Actor)

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

Hickey (Actor)

Prophecy II: Ashtown 1996 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Ray Tempio (Actor)

Wild Side 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Business Affair 1995 (Movie)

Vanni Corso (Actor)

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Mr Smith (Actor)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

Kim Ulander (Actor)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

Peina (Actor)

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

The Man With the Plan (Actor)

Celluloide 1994 (Movie)

United States Officer (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Captain Koons (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Scam 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Skylark 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Vincenzo Coccotti (Actor)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Bobby Cahn (Actor)

All-American Murder 1992 (Movie)

P J Decker (Actor)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

Max Shreck (Actor)

Le Grand Pardon II 1992 (Movie)

Pasco Meisner (Actor)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Warren Zell (Actor)

McBain 1991 (Movie)

McBain (Actor)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

Frank White (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Communion, A True Story 1989 (Movie)

Whitley Strieber (Actor)

Biloxi Blues 1988 (Movie)

Sergeant Toomey (Actor)

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeboy 1988 (Movie)

Wesley Pendergrass (Actor)

Puss in Boots 1988 (Movie)

Puss (Actor)

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

Kyril Montana (Actor)

War Zone 1987 (Movie)

Don Stevens (Actor)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

Brad Whitewood Sr (Actor)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

Max Zorin (Actor)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

Michael Brace (Actor)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

Johnny Smith (Actor)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Heaven's Gate 1980 (Movie)

Nathan D Champion (Actor)

Last Embrace 1979 (Movie)

Eckart (Actor)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

Jamie Shannon (Actor)

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

Nikanor Chevotarevich (Actor)

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Duane Hall (Actor)

Roseland 1977 (Movie)

Russel (Actor)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Rizzo (Actor)

The Happiness Cage 1971 (Movie)

Reese (Actor)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

The Kid (Actor)

Defenders of Dynatron City (TV Show)

Voice

Sarah, Plain and Tall (TV Show)

Actor

Scam (Movie)

(Actor)

Skylark (Movie)

Jacob Witting (Actor)

Vendetta (TV Show)

Actor

Who Am I This Time? (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Popcorn Shrimp 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Having made the rare successful transition from child player to adult star, Christopher Walken went on to become one of the most respected and sometimes feared performers on screen, if only because of his offbeat portrayal of sinister villains. With a dry, deadpan delivery that was oft-imitated by his contemporaries, Walken himself was as much of a cultural phenomenon as some of his performances. After cutting his teeth on the stage in musicals and later dramatic productions, he made his first impression on film as the demented brother of the titular "Annie Hall" (1977) before winning an Academy Award for his tormented Vietnam veteran who becomes obsessed with playing Russian roulette in "The Deer Hunter" (1978). With his status secure, Walken spent the next few decades turning in numerous performance gems in a never-ending string of projects that ranged from Oscar-winning films to bargain bin rentals, including "Biloxi Blues" (1988), "True Romance" (1993) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Peppered into his résumé were some of the most outlandish, over-the-top villains ever put on film, like the bleach-blonde industrialist Max Zorin in "A View to a Kill" (1985); the corrupt business man, Max Shreck, who wears human molars as cuff links in "Batman Returns" (1992); and the sadistic Headless Horseman in "Sleepy Hollow" (1995). Though occasionally in danger of self-parody throughout his career, Walken was always relevant, as the "More Cowbell" skit on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975) indicated. He was also capable at any time of turning in an Oscar-caliber performance, as he did in "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), proving that the always unpredictable Walken was worthy of his stature as one of the most respected actors working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Georgianne Walken Casting

Wife
Met while touring with "West Side Story" Married January 1969

Glenn Walken Actor

Brother
Born Nov. 18, 1945

Paul Walken

Father
Born 1903; German immigrant to the U.S. Died 2001

Ken Walken Actor

Brother

Rosalie Walken

Mother
Born May 16, 1907; Scottish immigrant to the U.S. Died March 26, 2010

EDUCATION

Hofstra College

Hempstead , New York
Left school after approximately one year; the school gained university status in 1963

Professional Children's School

New York , New York 1961

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Spent 10 years doing odd jobs at the Studio before being accepted as a member

Studied acting with Wynn Handman

Milestones

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2012

Co-starred with Al Pacino and Alan Arkin as aging con men in crime comedy "Stand Up Guys"

2010

Returned to Broadway in the black comedy "A Behanding in Spokane"; earned Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Play

2007

Acted in the remake of John Water's "Hairspray" as Edna Turnblad’s (John Travolta) husband Wilbur

2006

Cast opposite Robin Williams in Barry Levinson's political comedy "Man of the Year"

2006

Cast opposite Adam Sandler in the comedy "Click," directed by Frank Coraci

2005

Portrayed a reality TV producer in "Domino" opposite Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, a model-turned-bounty hunter

2005

Cast opposite James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Winslet in "Romance & Cigarettes," helmed by John Turturro

2005

Appeared in the romantic comedy "The Wedding Crashers," starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

2004

Cast in the remake of ''The Stepford Wives,'' Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic about upper-crust women being replaced by robots with sunny dispositions

2004

Starred opposite Jack Black and Ben Stiller in the comedy "Envy"; directed by Barry Levinson

2002

Portrayed Marcus Porcius Cato in the TNT miniseries "Julius Caesar"

2002

Played the father of the youngest man to make the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List (Leonardo DiCaprio) in "Catch Me If You Can"; received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role

2001

Appeared as a mesmerist in the period drama "Affair of the Necklace"

2001

Returned to the stage in the Mike Nichols-directed "The Seagull"; presented by the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

2001

Danced in the popular Fatboy Slim music video "Weapon of Choice"

2000

Played an ex-con who gets embroiled in a robbery scheme in "The Opportunists"

1999

Returned to the NYC stage for the musical "James Joyce's The Dead"; received Tony nomination as Actor in a Musical

1999

Made third telefilm with Glenn Close, "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End" (CBS)

1998

Offered an over-the-top comedic performance as an effete turn-of-the-century drama critic in John Turturro's "Illuminata"

1998

Voiced the character of Cutter in the animated "Antz"

1997

Offered a wildly over-the-top cameo as an exterminator in the comedy "Mouse Hunt"

1997

Reprised role of Gabriel in the sequel "Prophecy II: Ashtown"

1996

Starred as the eldest of three brothers in a crime family in Ferrara's "The Funeral"

1995

Cast as Gabriel, the evil leader of renegade angels in "The Prophecy"

1995

Debut as playwright (also starred) with one-man, off-Broadway production "Him"

1994

Co-starred in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; delivered a memorable monologue about a gold watch

1993

Acted opposite Dennis Hopper in "True Romance"; scripted by Quentin Tarantino; his so-called "Sicilian scene" hailed by critics as the best scene in the film

1992

Appeared as the department store owner Max Schreck in "Batman Returns"

1990

First of several films with director Abel Ferrara, "The King of New York"

1989

Portrayed real-life author Whitley Streiber, who claimed to have had encounters with aliens in "Communion"

1988

Had title role in NYSF's production of "Coriolanus"

1988

Played the nemesis sergeant to a wisecracking new recruit in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"

1986

Cast as the father with a criminal past in the downbeat but well-acted "At Close Range," co-starring Sean Penn and Chris Penn

1986

Played Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

1985

Portrayed the villain out to destroy Sillicon Valley in the James Bond adventure "A View to a Kill"

1984

Co-starred in David Rabe's play about Hollywood "Hurlyburly"

1981

Displayed his dancing abilities to great effect as the oily villain in "Pennies From Heaven"

1980

Re-teamed with Cimino for the controversial "Heaven's Gate"

1978

Won an Oscar for his memorable turn as a soldier serving in Vietnam in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"

1977

Danced for the first time in a feature in James Ivory's "Roseland"

1977

Offered memorable cameo as Diane Keaton's brother in "Annie Hall"

1975

Starred in the stage play "Kid Champion"

1975

Portrayed Chance Wayne to Irene Worth's Alexandra del Largo in Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth"

1974

Played "Macbeth" at the NYSF's Public Theatre

1972

First film in a lead role, "The Happiness Cage"

1970

Had first significant feature role in "The Anderson Tapes"

1968

Film debut, a bit part in "Me and My Brother"

1966

Made first appearance with the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) in "Measure for Measure" in Central Park

1965

Cast in the chorus of "Baker Street"; first role billed as 'Christopher' Walken

1960

Worked for the summer as an assistant lion tamer with the Tarryl Jacobs Circus

1959

Made Broadway debut in "J.B." (billed as Ronnie Walken)

1954

Occasionally replaced brother Glenn as Mike Bauer on CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light"

Trained as a dancer

Appeared on live television in the 1950s

Born and raised in the Astoria section of Queens, NY

Began career as a catalog model with his brothers

Bonus Trivia

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Born Ronald Walken, he changed first name to 'Christopher' in 1965, after singer Monique Van Vooren asked to introduce him by that name telling him "I see you more as a Christopher."

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Walken wrote an unproduced screenplay based on the life of porn star John Holmes.

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In 1994, Walken was the recipient of the William Shakespeare Award for Classic Theatre, presented by The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC.

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Time Out New York: "You seem to work all the time. Can't you say no to a good role?"Christopher Walken: "I can say no to hardly any role! I don't have children, and I don't have hobbies. I don't like to travel, really; I like to stay in the house unless I'm working. So it's better for me psychologically." – from Time Out New York, April 16-23, 1998

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