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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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Mar 31, 1943 In Queens, New York USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Anderson Tapes 1971-06-17
Latest Project:
Movie Father Figures 2017-12-22
Known For
Movie Father Figures Dr. Tinkler 2017-12-22
Movie The Family Fang Caleb Fang 2016-04-29
Movie The Jungle Book King Louie (voice) 2016-04-15
Movie Nine Lives Felix Perkins 2016-08-05
Movie Turks & Caicos Curtis Pelissier 2014-11-09
Movie Seven Psychopaths Hans Kieslowski 2012-09-07
Movie Kill the Irishman Shondor Birns 2011-03-10
Movie The Maiden Heist Roger 2009-05-29
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler Himself (archive footage) 2009-04-18
Movie Romance & Cigarettes Cousin Bo 2007-09-07
Movie Man of the Year Jack Menken 2006-10-13
Movie Wedding Crashers Secretary William Cleary 2005-07-15
Movie Undertaking Betty Frank Featherbed 2005-11-12
Movie Domino Mark Heiss 2005-10-14
Movie Around the Bend Turner Lair 2004-10-08
Movie The Stepford Wives Mike Wellington 2004-06-10
Movie Envy J-Man 2004-04-30
Movie Man on Fire Rayburn 2004-04-23
Movie The Rundown Hatcher 2003-09-26
Movie Gigli Det. Stanley Jacobellis 2003-08-01
Movie Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale 2002-12-25
Movie Poolhall Junkies Uncle Mike 2002-06-07
Movie Scotland, Pa. Lieutenant McDuff 2001-03-15
Movie Joe Dirt Clem 2001-04-10
Movie The Affair of the Necklace Count Cagliostro 2001-11-20
Movie Sleepy Hollow Hessian Horseman 1999-11-18
Movie Suicide Kings Carlo Bartolucci 1998-04-17
Movie MouseHunt Caeser, the Exterminator 1997-12-19
Movie Last Man Standing Hickey 1996-09-20
Movie Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead The Man with the Plan 1995-12-01
Movie The Prophecy Gabriel 1995-09-01
Movie The Addiction Peina 1995-01-10
Movie Pulp Fiction Captain Koons 1994-09-10
Movie True Romance Vincenzo Coccotti 1993-09-09
Movie Batman Returns Max Shreck 1992-06-19
Movie Mistress Warren Zell 1992-07-24
Movie King of New York Frank White 1990-07-18
Movie Communion Whitley Strieber 1989-11-10
Movie Biloxi Blues Sgt. Toomey 1988-03-25
Movie The Milagro Beanfield War Kyril Montana 1988-03-18
Movie A View to a Kill Max Zorin 1985-05-24
Movie The Dogs of War Jamie Shannon 1981-02-13
Movie The Deer Hunter Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich 1978-12-08
Movie Annie Hall Duane Hall 1977-04-20
Movie The Sentinel Det. Rizzo 1977-01-07
Movie The Anderson Tapes The Kid 1971-06-17