Christopher Walken

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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."

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."

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Gender Male

Known Credits 134

Birthday 1943-03-31

Place of Birth Queens, New York USA

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2016 Nine Lives as Felix Grant
2016 The Family Fang as Caleb Fang
2016 One More Time as Paul
2016 The Jungle Book as King Louie (voice)
2016 Cold Lairs as King Louie
2016 Eddie the Eagle as Warren Sharp
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser as Clem
2014 Peter Pan Live! as Captain Hook
2014 Jersey Boys as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo
2014 Turks & Caicos as Curtis Pelissier
2013 Gods Behaving Badly as Zeus
2013 Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love as Himself
2013 The Power of Few as Doke
2012 A Late Quartet as Peter Mitchell
2012 Seven Psychopaths as Hans
2012 Stand Up Guys as Doc
2011 Dark Horse as Jackie
2011 Kill the Irishman as Shondor Birns
2010 Life's a Beach as Roy Callahan
2009 The Maiden Heist as Roger
2009 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler as Himself (archive footage)
2008 $5 a Day as Nat Parker
2007 Balls of Fury as Feng
2007 Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad
2006 30 Rock(1 episode)
2006 Man of the Year as Jack Menken
2006 Click as Morty
2006 The Henry Rollins Show(1 episode)
2006 Fade to Black as Brewster
2005 Domino as Mark Heiss
2005 Romance & Cigarettes as Cousin Bo
2005 Wedding Crashers as Secretary William Cleary
2004 Around the Bend as Turner Lair
2004 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken
2004 The Stepford Wives as Mike Wellington
2004 Envy as J-Man
2004 Man on Fire as Rayburn
2003 The Work of Director Spike Jonze as Himself
2003 The Rundown as Hatcher
2003 Gigli as Det. Stanley Jacobellis
2003 Kangaroo Jack as Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio
2002 Julius Caesar as Marcus Portius Cato
2002 Catch Me If You Can as Frank Abagnale, Sr.
2002 Undertaking Betty as Frank Featherbed
2002 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell as Bruce Dickinson (archive footage)
2002 The Country Bears as Reed Thimple
2002 Poolhall Junkies as Uncle Mike
2001 The Affair of the Necklace as Count Cagliostro
2001 America's Sweethearts as Hal Weidmann
2001 Joe Dirt as Clem
2001 Scotland, Pa. as Lieutenant McDuff
2000 Weapon of Choice
2000 The Opportunists as Victor 'Vic' Kelly
2000 Kiss Toledo Goodbye as Max
2000 The Prophecy 3: The Ascent as Gabriel
1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall - Winter's End as Jacob Witting
1999 Sleepy Hollow as Hessian Horseman
1999 Vendetta as James Houston
1999 The Eternal as Uncle Bill Ferriter
1999 Blast from the Past as Calvin Webber
1998 Antz as Colonel Cutter (voice)
1998 New Rose Hotel as Fox
1998 Illuminata as Bevalaqua
1998 The Prophecy II as Gabriel
1997 MouseHunt as Caeser, the Exterminator
1997 Suicide Kings as Carlo Bartolucci
1997 Excess Baggage as Ray
1997 Touch as Bill Hill
1996 Last Man Standing as Hickey
1996 Basquiat as The Interviewer
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode) as Himself
1996 Privateer 2: The Darkening as Hassan
1996 The Funeral as Ray Tempio
1996 Celluloide
1995 A Business Affair as Vanni Corso
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead as The Man with the Plan
1995 Nick of Time as Mr. Smith
1995 The Prophecy as Gabriel
1995 Wild Side as Bruno Buckingham
1995 The Addiction as Peina
1995 Search and Destroy
1994 Pulp Fiction as Captain Koons
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Wayne's World 2 as Bobby Cahn
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(5 episodes)
1993 True Romance as Vincenzo Coccotti
1993 Scam as Jack Shanks
1993 Skylark as Jacob Witting
1992 Le grand pardon 2 as Pasco Meisner
1992 Mistress as Warren Zell
1992 Batman Returns as Max Shreck
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1991 All-American Murder as P.J. Decker
1991 McBain as McBain
1991 Sarah, Plain and Tall as Jacob Witting
1990 King of New York as Frank White
1990 The Comfort of Strangers as Robert
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Communion as Whitley Strieber
1988 Homeboy as Wesley Pendergass
1988 Puss in Boots as Puss
1988 Biloxi Blues as Sgt. Toomey
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War as Kyril Montana
1987 Deadline as Don Stevens
1986 At Close Range as Brad Whitewood Sr.
1985 A View to a Kill as Max Zorin
1983 The Dead Zone as Johnny Smith
1983 Brainstorm as Michael Brace
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1982 Who Am I This Time? as Harry Nash
1982 American Playhouse(70 episodes) as Harry Nash
1981 Pennies from Heaven as Tom
1980 The Dogs of War as Jamie Shannon
1980 Heaven's Gate as Nathan D. Champion
1979 Last Embrace as Eckart
1978 The Deer Hunter as Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich
1978 Shoot The Sun Down as Mr. Rainbow
1977 Roseland as Russel
1977 Annie Hall as Duane Hall
1977 The Sentinel as Det. Rizzo
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village as Robert Fulmer
1975 Saturday Night Live(7 episodes)
1973 Kojak(1 episode)
1972 The Mind Snatchers as Pvt. James H. Reese
1971 The Anderson Tapes as The Kid
1970 Cleopatra as Boy
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1966 Barefoot in Athens
1958 Naked City(1 episode)
1952 Today(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(4 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End(0 episodes)
1900 Storybook Cinema(9 episodes)

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