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Christopher Walken

Birth Name: 
Ronald Walken
Birthday: 
Wednesday, March 31, 1943
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Birth Place: 
Queens, New York, USA
Height: 
6'0"

Amazingly versatile stage & screen actor with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. Has a reputation for playing mentally unbalanced characters on-screen, however that generalisation would not do justice to Walken's depth and breadth of performances. 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). Christopher Walken's talents continue to remain in high demand and movie audiences relish watching how capably he re-invents himself for each new challenging role. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2003 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Catch Me If You Can)
1979 - Won - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Deer Hunter)

Reviews

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

Director Martin McDonagh reunites with Colin Farrell for the first time since 2008's cult classic In Bruges and the result is two hours worth of edge-of-your-seat entertainment.  Featuring a brilliant cast and plenty of zany dialogue, Seven Psychopaths is a marvelous homage to t... Read more
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Stand Up Guys

There’s no doubt about it that Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin are getting older, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down. Stand Up Guys shows that the veteran actors still got it and pokes a little fun at getting old.... Read more
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Annie Hall (BLU-RAY)

 Woody Allen's masterpiece has finally hit Blu-ray and it couldn't have come at a better time. Given his recent success with Midnight in Paris,  the demand for any of his films in high definition has never been higher.... Read more
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The Deer Hunter (BLU-RAY)

Winner of 5 Academy Awards, The Deer Hunter gets a new Blu-ray release thanks to Universal Studios celebration of 100 years of film.... Read more
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Kill the Irishman (BLU RAY)

BASED ON THE REAL DANNY GREENE:... Read more
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Seven Psychopaths: DVD Release TRAILER

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