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Christopher Walken

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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Born:
Mar 31, 1943 In Queens, New York USA
Movie/TV Credits:
133
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie Irreplaceable You 2018
Known For
Poster of Man on Fire
Poster of Joe Dirt
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography

Irreplaceable You (2018)

Movie

Storybook Cinema (2018)

Series

Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Comedy Drama History
Movie
as Warren Sharp
7.2 540 votes

The Jungle Book (2016)

Adventure Drama Fantasy
Movie
as King Louie (voice)
6.7 2343 votes

Cold Lairs (2016)

Movie
as King Louie

The Family Fang (2016)

Comedy Drama Mystery
Movie
as Caleb Fang
5.9 60 votes

Nine Lives (2016)

Fantasy Comedy Family
Movie
as Felix Grant
5.5 213 votes

One More Time (2016)

Comedy Music Drama
Movie
as Paul Lombard
5.3 12 votes

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)

Comedy
Movie
as Clem
4.2 37 votes

Turks & Caicos (2014)

Thriller Drama Action Mystery
Movie
as Curtis Pelissier
6.5 39 votes

Jersey Boys (2014)

Music Drama
Movie
as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo
6.8 229 votes

Peter Pan Live! (2014)

Music Adventure Family
Movie
as Captain Hook
4.6 5 votes

The Power of Few (2013)

Thriller Action Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Doke
4.9 28 votes

Stand Up Guys (2013)

Thriller Comedy Action
Movie
as Doc
5.9 287 votes

Gods Behaving Badly (2013)

Movie
as Zeus

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love (2013)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
10 1 votes

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Hans
6.6 1067 votes

A Late Quartet (2012)

Music Drama
Movie
as Peter Mitchell
6.6 67 votes

Kill the Irishman (2011)

Action Crime Thriller Drama
Movie
as Shondor Birns
6.6 144 votes

Dark Horse (2011)

Drama
Movie
as Jackie
5.3 25 votes

Life's a Beach (2010)

Comedy
Movie
as Roy Callahan
4.5 1 votes

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009)

Comedy
Movie
as Himself (archive footage)
7.5 2 votes

The Maiden Heist (2009)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Roger
5.8 83 votes

$5 a Day (2008)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Nat Parker
5.9 22 votes

Hairspray (2007)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Wilbur Turnblad
6.4 569 votes

Balls of Fury (2007)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Feng
5 137 votes

Fade to Black (2006)

Drama Thriller Mystery
Movie
as Brewster
5 4 votes

The Henry Rollins Show (2006)

Talk Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

30 Rock (2006)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 152 votes

Click (2006)

Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance
Movie
as Morty
5.9 1746 votes

Man of the Year (2006)

Comedy Drama Romance Thriller
Movie
as Jack Menken
5.7 112 votes

Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Cousin Bo
6.2 26 votes

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Secretary William Cleary
6.4 1179 votes

Domino (2005)

Action Crime
Movie
as Mark Heiss
6 389 votes

Man on Fire (2004)

Action Drama Thriller Crime
Movie
as Rayburn
7.3 1350 votes

Envy (2004)

Comedy
Movie
as J-Man
4.8 118 votes

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Action Comedy Science Fiction
Movie
as Mike Wellington
5.3 273 votes

Around the Bend (2004)

Drama
Movie
as Turner Lair
6.2 9 votes

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken (2004)

Comedy
Movie
7 5 votes

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Comedy Adventure Crime
Movie
as Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio
4.3 172 votes

Gigli (2003)

Drama
Movie
as Det. Stanley Jacobellis
3.5 89 votes

The Rundown (2003)

Adventure Action Comedy Thriller
Movie
as Hatcher
6.3 438 votes

The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003)

Documentary Music
Movie
as Himself
7.9 7 votes

The Country Bears (2002)

Comedy Drama Family
Movie
as Reed Thimple
4.1 16 votes

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

Comedy Drama Thriller
Movie
as Uncle Mike
6.5 18 votes

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (2002)

Comedy TV Movie
Movie
as Bruce Dickinson (archive footage)
7.4 11 votes

Undertaking Betty (2002)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Frank Featherbed
6.2 24 votes

Julius Caesar (2002)

War Drama History
Movie
as Marcus Portius Cato
4.6 6 votes

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Frank William Abagnale, Sr.
7.7 3121 votes

Scotland, Pa. (2001)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Lieutenant McDuff
5.8 8 votes

Joe Dirt (2001)

Mystery Adventure Comedy Romance Drama
Movie
as Clem
5.4 212 votes

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

Drama History
Movie
as Count Cagliostro
5.8 21 votes

America's Sweethearts (2001)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Hal Weidmann
5.5 220 votes

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)

Fantasy Horror Thriller
Movie
as Gabriel
5.5 32 votes

The Opportunists (2000)

Comedy Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Victor 'Vic' Kelly
5.5 2 votes

Vendetta (1999)

Drama
Movie
as James Houston
6 1 votes

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Drama Fantasy Thriller Mystery
Movie
as Hessian Horseman
6.8 1395 votes

Blast from the Past (1999)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Calvin Webber
6.3 214 votes

Sarah, Plain and Tall - Winter's End (1999)

Drama Family
Movie
as Jacob Witting
4.8 5 votes

Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999)

Action Comedy Thriller
Movie
as Max
3.7 3 votes

Illuminata (1998)

Drama
Movie
as Bevalaqua
6.3 7 votes

The Prophecy II (1998)

Fantasy Horror Thriller
Movie
as Gabriel
5.9 44 votes

New Rose Hotel (1998)

Drama Mystery Science Fiction
Movie
as Fox
4.9 23 votes

The Eternal (1998)

Horror
Movie
as Uncle Bill Ferriter
4.4 6 votes

Antz (1998)

Adventure Animation Comedy Family
Movie
as Colonel Cutter (voice)
6 1023 votes

Excess Baggage (1997)

Action Comedy Romance
Movie
as Ray
5.6 49 votes

Touch (1997)

Action Comedy Drama Foreign Romance
Movie
as Bill Hill
6 10 votes

Suicide Kings (1997)

Drama Action Comedy Thriller Crime
Movie
as Carlo Bartolucci
6.7 65 votes

MouseHunt (1997)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Caeser, the Exterminator
6.2 238 votes

Celluloide (1996)

Movie

The Funeral (1996)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Ray Tempio
7.2 26 votes

Privateer 2: The Darkening (1996)

Adventure Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Hassan

Last Man Standing (1996)

Action Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Hickey
6.1 226 votes

Basquiat (1996)

Drama History
Movie
as The Interviewer
6.6 82 votes

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

News Comedy
Series
as Himself
7 91 votes

The Addiction (1995)

Drama Horror
Movie
as Peina
6.1 39 votes

Search and Destroy (1995)

Action Comedy Drama Thriller
Movie
4.7 3 votes

Wild Side (1995)

Action
Movie
as Bruno Buckingham
5.5 11 votes

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

Drama Crime
Movie
as The Man with the Plan
6.7 71 votes

The Prophecy (1995)

Fantasy Horror Thriller
Movie
as Gabriel
6.3 115 votes

A Business Affair (1995)

Drama Comedy Romance
Movie
as Vanni Corso
6.5 1 votes

Nick of Time (1995)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Mr. Smith
6.1 156 votes

Inside the Actors Studio (1994)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
6.9 17 votes

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Thriller Crime
Movie
as Captain Koons
8.2 7018 votes

Skylark (1993)

Drama Family
Movie
as Jacob Witting
6 2 votes

Scam (1993)

TV Movie Crime Drama
Movie
as Jack Shanks
6.5 1 votes

Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Comedy
Movie
as Bobby Cahn
5.8 246 votes

True Romance (1993)

Action Thriller Crime Romance
Movie
as Vincenzo Coccotti
7.5 648 votes

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
7 33 votes

Batman Returns (1992)

Action Fantasy
Movie
as Max Shreck
6.6 1357 votes

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

Talk Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.4 23 votes

Mistress (1992)

Comedy
Movie
as Warren Zell
5.5 8 votes

Le grand pardon 2 (1992)

Movie
as Pasco Meisner
7.1 6 votes

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)

Drama Family
Movie
as Jacob Witting
5.7 6 votes

McBain (1991)

Action
Movie
as McBain
4.6 7 votes

All-American Murder (1991)

Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as P.J. Decker

The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

Romance Thriller
Movie
as Robert
6.1 17 votes

King of New York (1990)

Thriller Crime
Movie
as Frank White
6.5 108 votes

Communion (1989)

Drama Horror Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Whitley Strieber
5 36 votes

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.1 844 votes

The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Kyril Montana
6.7 21 votes

Biloxi Blues (1988)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Sgt. Toomey
6.4 55 votes

Homeboy (1988)

Drama
Movie
as Wesley Pendergass
3.6 5 votes

Puss in Boots (1988)

Fantasy Family
Movie
as Puss
6.6 8 votes

Deadline (1987)

Drama Action War Foreign
Movie
as Don Stevens
3.8 2 votes

At Close Range (1986)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Brad Whitewood Sr.
6.4 51 votes

A View to a Kill (1985)

Adventure Action Thriller
Movie
as Max Zorin
5.9 417 votes

Brainstorm (1983)

Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Michael Brace
6.3 61 votes

Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1983)

Series
as Unknown
4.9 4 votes

The Dead Zone (1983)

Thriller Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Johnny Smith
6.8 261 votes

American Playhouse (1982)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Harry Nash

Who Am I This Time? (1982)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Harry Nash
9 3 votes

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Tom
6.1 21 votes

The Dogs of War (1980)

Thriller Action Adventure
Movie
as Jamie Shannon
5 31 votes

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Action Drama History Western
Movie
as Nathan D. Champion
6.4 47 votes

Last Embrace (1979)

Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as Eckart
5.8 13 votes

Shoot The Sun Down (1978)

Western
Movie
as Mr. Rainbow

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Drama War
Movie
as Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich
7.7 777 votes

Annie Hall (1977)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Duane Hall
7.7 786 votes

The Sentinel (1977)

Horror Drama Mystery
Movie
as Det. Rizzo
6.3 46 votes

Roseland (1977)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Russel
6 1 votes

Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Robert Fulmer
7.3 6 votes

Saturday Night Live (1975)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 92 votes

Kojak (1973)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 19 votes

The Mind Snatchers (1972)

Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Pvt. James H. Reese
5.5 3 votes

The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Action Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as The Kid
6.5 34 votes

Cleopatra (1970)

Movie
as Boy

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.6 18 votes

Barefoot in Athens (1966)

Movie

Naked City (1958)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.7 10 votes

Today (1952)

News
Series
as Unknown
1.5 2 votes

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown