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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 Citizen Kane 1941-04-17
Latest Project:
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 2019-12-18
Known For
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Captain Koons 2019-12-18
Movie The Jesus Rolls Warden 2019-10-17
Movie Joker Captain Koons 2019-10-02
Movie Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Captain Koons 2019-07-24
Movie The Irishman Captain Koons 2019-11-01
Movie Red Sparrow Captain Koons 2018-02-28
Movie Fifty Shades Freed Captain Koons 2018-01-17
Movie Black Panther Captain Koons 2018-02-13
Movie Game Night Captain Koons 2018-02-22
Movie Super Troopers 2 Captain Koons 2018-04-19
Movie Ready Player One Captain Koons 2018-03-28
Movie Solo: A Star Wars Story Captain Koons 2018-05-15
Movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado Captain Koons 2018-06-27
Movie A Star Is Born Captain Koons 2018-10-03
Movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Captain Koons 2017-11-10
Movie Lady Bird Captain Koons 2017-09-08
Movie Thor: Ragnarok Captain Koons 2017-10-25
Movie Coco Captain Koons 2017-10-27
Movie The Shape of Water Captain Koons 2017-12-01
Movie Father Figures Dr. Tinkler 2017-12-21
Movie I, Tonya Captain Koons 2017-12-08
Movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi Captain Koons 2017-12-13
Movie Nine Lives Felix Perkins 2016-08-03
Movie The Family Fang Caleb Fang 2016-04-16
Movie The Jungle Book King Louie (voice) 2016-04-07
Movie The Hateful Eight Captain Koons 2015-12-25
Movie Sicario Captain Koons 2015-09-17
Movie Turks & Caicos Curtis Pelissier 2014-03-20
Movie The Wolf of Wall Street Captain Koons 2013-12-25
Movie This Is the End Captain Koons 2013-06-12
Movie Seven Psychopaths Hans Kieslowski 2012-10-12
Movie Kill the Irishman Shondor Birns 2011-03-10
Movie The Other Guys Captain Koons 2010-08-06
Movie Inglourious Basterds Captain Koons 2009-08-18
Movie The Maiden Heist Roger 2009-05-09
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler Himself (archive footage) 2009-04-18
Movie Slumdog Millionaire Captain Koons 2008-05-12
Movie In Bruges Captain Koons 2008-02-08
Movie Gran Torino Captain Koons 2008-12-09
Movie The Dark Knight Captain Koons 2008-07-16
Movie Step Brothers Captain Koons 2008-07-25
Movie There Will Be Blood Captain Koons 2007-12-28
Movie No Country for Old Men Captain Koons 2007-11-08
Movie The Darjeeling Limited Captain Koons 2007-09-07
Movie Superbad Captain Koons 2007-08-17
Movie Death Proof Captain Koons 2007-05-21
Movie Man of the Year Jack Menken 2006-10-09
Movie The Foot Fist Way Captain Koons 2006-06-24
Movie V for Vendetta Captain Koons 2006-02-23
Movie The Departed Captain Koons 2006-10-05
Movie Domino Mark Heiss 2005-10-14
Movie Romance & Cigarettes Cousin Bo 2005-09-13
Movie Wedding Crashers Secretary William Cleary 2005-07-13
Movie Batman Begins Captain Koons 2005-06-10
Movie Man on Fire Paul Rayburn 2004-04-23
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Captain Koons 2004-04-16
Movie Around the Bend Turner Lair 2004-10-08
Movie Envy J-Man 2004-04-30
Movie The Stepford Wives Mike Wellington 2004-06-10
Movie Sideways Captain Koons 2004-10-22
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Captain Koons 2003-10-10
Movie Elf Captain Koons 2003-10-09
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 Gangs of New York Captain Koons 2002-12-14
Movie Undertaking Betty Frank Featherbed 2002-12-04
Movie Poolhall Junkies Uncle Mike 2002-06-07
Movie The Affair of the Necklace Count Cagliostro 2001-11-20
Movie Joe Dirt Clem 2001-04-10
Movie Scotland, PA Lieutenant McDuff 2001-03-15
Movie American Psycho Captain Koons 2000-04-13
Movie Gladiator Captain Koons 2000-05-01
Movie Snatch Captain Koons 2000-09-01
Movie Memento Captain Koons 2000-10-11
Movie The Green Mile Captain Koons 1999-12-10
Movie Magnolia Captain Koons 1999-12-10
Movie Sleepy Hollow Hessian Horseman 1999-11-18
Movie Fight Club Captain Koons 1999-10-15
Movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Captain Koons 1998-05-22
Movie Suicide Kings Carlo Bartolucci 1998-04-17
Movie The Big Lebowski Captain Koons 1998-03-06
Movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Captain Koons 1997-05-02
Movie Jackie Brown Captain Koons 1997-04-10
Movie Titanic Captain Koons 1997-11-18
Movie MouseHunt Caeser, the Exterminator 1997-12-19
Movie Boogie Nights Captain Koons 1997-10-07
Movie Last Man Standing Hickey 1996-09-20
Movie Basquiat The Interviewer 1996-08-09
Movie The Usual Suspects Captain Koons 1995-07-19
Movie The Addiction Peina 1995-01-10
Movie Friday Captain Koons 1995-04-26
Movie Braveheart Captain Koons 1995-05-24
Movie Casino Captain Koons 1995-11-22
Movie The Prophecy Gabriel 1995-09-01
Movie Se7en Captain Koons 1995-09-22
Movie Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead The Man with the Plan 1995-12-01
Movie Heat Captain Koons 1995-12-15
Movie Dumb and Dumber Captain Koons 1994-12-16
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Captain Koons 1994-09-23
Movie Pulp Fiction Captain Koons 1994-09-10
Movie Natural Born Killers Captain Koons 1994-08-25
Movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Captain Koons 1994-02-04
Movie True Romance Vincenzo Coccotti 1993-09-09
Movie Reservoir Dogs Captain Koons 1992-09-02
Movie Mistress Warren Zell 1992-07-24
Movie Batman Returns Max Shreck 1992-06-19
Movie Boyz n the Hood Captain Koons 1991-07-12
Movie The Silence of the Lambs Captain Koons 1991-02-01
Movie GoodFellas Captain Koons 1990-09-12
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 The Lost Boys Captain Koons 1987-07-31
Movie Big Trouble in Little China Captain Koons 1986-05-30
Movie Rocky IV Captain Koons 1985-11-21
Movie Weird Science Captain Koons 1985-08-01
Movie The Goonies Captain Koons 1985-06-07
Movie A View to a Kill Max Zorin 1985-05-24
Movie The Breakfast Club Captain Koons 1985-02-15
Movie Gremlins Captain Koons 1984-06-07
Movie Scarface Captain Koons 1983-12-08
Movie Return of the Jedi Captain Koons 1983-05-25
Movie Raiders of the Lost Ark Captain Koons 1981-06-12
Movie The Shining Captain Koons 1980-05-23
Movie The Empire Strikes Back Captain Koons 1980-05-20
Movie Raging Bull Captain Koons 1980-11-14
Movie The Dogs of War Jamie Shannon 1980-12-17
Movie Apocalypse Now Captain Koons 1979-08-15
Movie Alien Captain Koons 1979-05-25
Movie The Deer Hunter Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich 1978-03-09
Movie Up in Smoke Captain Koons 1978-01-01
Movie Shoot the Sun Down Mr. Rainbow 1978-01-01
Movie The Sentinel Det. Rizzo 1977-01-07
Movie Annie Hall Duane Hall 1977-04-19
Movie Star Wars Captain Koons 1977-05-25
Movie Taxi Driver Captain Koons 1976-02-09
Movie Jaws Captain Koons 1975-06-18
Movie The Godfather: Part II Captain Koons 1974-12-20
Movie High Plains Drifter Captain Koons 1973-04-19
Movie The Godfather Captain Koons 1972-03-14
Movie A Clockwork Orange Captain Koons 1971-12-19
Movie The Anderson Tapes The Kid 1971-06-17
Movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Captain Koons 1966-12-23
Movie Citizen Kane Captain Koons 1941-04-17