Christopher Walken

BirthDay:

31 Mar 1943

BirthPlace:

Queens, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Ronald Walken

Bio:

Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978), and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters, though that generalization would not do justice to Walken's depth and breadth of performances.

Walken was born in Astoria, Queens, to Rosalie (Russell), a Scottish immigrant, and Paul Walken, a German immigrant who ran Walken's Bakery. He learnt his stage craft, including dancing, at Hofstra University & ANTA, and picked up a Theatre World award for his performance in the revival of the Tennessee Williams play "The Rose Tattoo". Walken then first broke through into cinema in 1969 appearing in Me and My Brother (1969), before appearing alongside Sean Connery in the sleeper heist movie The Anderson Tapes (1971). His eclectic work really came to the attention of critics in 1977 with his intense portrayal of Diane Keaton suicidal younger brother in Annie Hall (1977), and then he scooped the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1977 for his role as Nick in the electrifying The Deer Hunter (1978). Walken was lured back by The Deer Hunter (1978) director Michael Cimino for a role in the financially disastrous western Heaven's Gate (1980), before moving onto surprise audiences with his wonderful dance skills in Pennies from Heaven (1981), taking the lead as a school teacher with telepathic abilities in the Stephen King inspired The Dead Zone (1983) and then as billionaire industrialist Max Zorin trying to blow up Silicon Valley in the 007 adventure A View to a Kill (1985). Looking at many of Walken's other captivating screen roles, it is easy to see the diversity of his range and even his droll comedic talents with humorous appearances in Biloxi Blues (1988), Wayne's World 2 (1993), Joe Dirt (2001), Mousehunt (1997) and America's Sweethearts (2001). Most recently, he continued to surprise audiences again with his work as a heart broken and apologetic father to Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Filmography

Actor ( 159 credits )

The War with Grandpa (2017)
The Jungle Book (2016) King Louie (voice)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
The Family Fang (2015) Caleb Fang
One More Time (2015) Paul
No Sleep TV3 (2015)  Gabriel (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
Jersey Boys (2014) Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Gods Behaving Badly (2013) Zeus
The Power of Few (2013) Doke
A Late Quartet (2012) Peter Mitchell
Seven Psychopaths (2012) Hans
Stand Up Guys (2012) Doc
Life's a Beach (2012) Roy Callahan
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself
Cooking with Christopher Walken (2012) Himself
Dark Horse (2011) Jackie
Kill the Irishman (2011) Shondor Birns
The Screen Junkies Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Holiday Special (2011)  Himself
Lidia Celebrates America (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Joe Papp in Five Acts (2010) Himself
The Maiden Heist (2009) Roger Barlow
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
$5 a Day (2008) Nat Parker
Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! (2008) Frank Kincaid
Masterpiece Contemporary (2008)  Curtis Pelessier (1 episode, 2014)
Balls of Fury (2007) Feng
Hairspray (2007) Wilbur Turnblad
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Hans in 'Seven Psychopaths' (1 episode, 2012)
Empreintes (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2012)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Fade to Black (2006) Brewster
Man of the Year (2006) Jack Menken
Click (2006) Morty
30 Rock (2006)  Christopher Walken (1 episode, 2009)
Romance & Cigarettes (2005) Cousin Bo
Domino (2005) Mark Heiss
Wedding Crashers (2005) Secretary Cleary
20 to 1 (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Around the Bend (2004) Turner Lair
The Stepford Wives (2004) Mike Wellington
Envy (2004) J-Man
Man on Fire (2004) Paul Rayburn
The Rundown (2003) Hatcher
Gigli (2003) Det. Stanley Jacobellis
Kangaroo Jack (2003) Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio
Shootout (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Undertaking Betty (2002) Frank Featherbed
Catch Me If You Can (2002) Frank Abagnale
Engine Trouble (2002) Rusty
The Country Bears (2002) Reed Thimple
Poolhall Junkies (2002) Mike
The Affair of the Necklace (2001) Count Cagliostro
America's Sweethearts (2001) Hal Weidmann
The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (2001) Himself
Joe Dirt (2001) Clem
Scotland, Pa. (2001) Lieutenant McDuff
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
I Love 1980's (2001)  Maximillion 'Max' Zorin (1 episode, 2001)
The Papp Project (2001) Himself
The Opportunists (2000) Victor 'Vic' Kelly
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Rotten TV (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999) Max
Sleepy Hollow (1999) Hessian Horseman
Blast from the Past (1999) Calvin
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Illuminata (1998) Bevalaqua
The Eternal (1998) Uncle Bill Ferriter
New Rose Hotel (1998) Fox
Antz (1998) Colonel Cutter (voice)
The Movie Chart Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Suicide Kings (1997) Carlo Bartolucci / Charlie Barret
Mousehunt (1997) Caeser, the Exterminator
Excess Baggage (1997) Ray
Touch (1997) Bill Hill
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Last Man Standing (1996) Hickey
Basquiat (1996) The Interviewer
Celluloid (1996)
The Funeral (1996) Ray
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Secretary William Cleary (1 episode, 2008)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2014)
Nick of Time (1995) Mr. Smith
The Prophecy (1995) Gabriel
Search and Destroy (1995) Kim Ulander
Wild Side (1995) Bruno Buckingham
The Addiction (1995) Peina
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) The Man with the Plan
A Business Affair (1994) Vanni Corso
Pulp Fiction (1994) Captain Koons
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1995-2013)
Wayne's World 2 (1993) Bobby Cahn
True Romance (1993) Vincenzo Coccotti
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Saturday Zoo (1993)  Himself - Reading 'Three Little Pigs' (1 episode, 1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (8 episodes, 2000-2007)
Le Grand Pardon II (1992) Pasco Meisner
Mistress (1992) Warren Zell
Batman Returns (1992) Max Shreck
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 2002-2004)
Getaway (1992)  Himself - Celebrity Traveller (1 episode, 2006)
McBain (1991) Robert McBain
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1999-2003)
King of New York (1990) Frank White
The Comfort of Strangers (1990) Robert
Communion (1989) Whitley Strieber
Homeboy (1988) Wesley Pendergass
Puss in Boots (1988) Puss
Biloxi Blues (1988) Sgt. Toomey
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) Kyril Montana
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2004-2012)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself - Peter Pan Live! (archive footage) (1 episode
Witness in the War Zone (1987) Don Stevens
At Close Range (1986) Brad Whitewood Sr.
A View to a Kill (1985) Max Zorin
Cinema 3 (1984)  Tom (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
The Dead Zone (1983) Johnny Smith
Brainstorm (1983) Michael Brace
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Cinéma cinémas (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Pennies from Heaven (1981) Tom
American Playhouse (1981)  Harry Nash (1 episode, 1982)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
The Dogs of War (1980) Jamie Shannon
Heaven's Gate (1980) Nathan D. Champion (as Chris Walken)
Last Embrace (1979) Eckart
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Friday Night, Saturday Morning (1979)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
The Deer Hunter (1978) Nick
Shoot the Sun Down (1978) Mr. Rainbow
Roseland (1977) Russel (The Hustle)
Annie Hall (1977) Duane Hall (as Christopher Wlaken)
The Sentinel (1977) Detective Rizzo
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976) Robert Fulmer (as Chris Walken)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 1990-2008)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1979-1989)
Kojak (1973)  Ben Wiley (1 episode, 1977)
The Mind Snatchers (1972) Privatz James H. Reese
The Anderson Tapes (1971) The Kid
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Cleopatra (1970) Boy
Me and My Brother (1969)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)  Walt Kramer (1 episode, 1970)
New York Television Theatre (1965) (1 episode, 1970)
Top of the Pops (1964)  The Dancer (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
Naked City (1958)  Chris Johannis (1 episode, 1963)
The Boy Who Saw Through (1956) Ernest (as Ronnie Walken)
The Wonderful John Acton (1953)  Kevin Acton (as Ronnie Walken)
The Motorola Television Hour (1953) (1 episode, 1954)
Guiding Light (1952)  Michael 'Mike' Bauer (1 episode, 1984)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Nine Lives (0) Felix Grant
Little Rootie Tootie (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

New Rose Hotel (1998) co-producer

Director ( 1 credit )

Popcorn Shrimp (2001)