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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 series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie The War with Grandpa 2019-01-31
Known For
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of Shark
Poster of Kangaroo Jack
Poster of Die Simpsons
Movie The War with Grandpa Jerry 2019-01-31
Series Catherine Cousin Bo 2018
Series Cirque de Celebrité Hal Weidmann 2018
Movie Unersetzlich - Irreplaceable You Myron 2018-02-16
Series Lobo Wesley Pendergass 2017
Movie Wer ist Daddy? Dr. Tinkler 2017-12-21
Movie Eddie the Eagle: Alles ist möglich Warren Sharp 2016-02-26
Series Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Unknown 2016
Movie The Jungle Book King Louie (voice) 2016-04-07
Movie Die gesammelten Peinlichkeiten unserer Eltern in der Reihenfolge ihrer Erstaufführung Caleb Fang 2016-04-16
Movie One More Time Paul Lombard 2016-04-08
Movie Voll verkatert Felix Perkins 2016-08-03
Movie Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Celebration 2015-02-15
Movie Joe Dreck 2 - Beautiful Loser Clem 2015-07-16
Movie Jersey Boys Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo 2014-06-05
Movie Die Verschwörung - Tödliche Geschäfte Curtis Pelissier 2014-03-20
Movie Peter Pan Live! Captain Hook 2014-12-04
Movie Stand Up Guys Doc 2013-01-31
Movie 20 Minutes - The Power of Few Doke 2013-02-15
Movie Gods Behaving Badly Zeus 2013-11-13
Movie Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Himself 2013-10-12
Movie 7 Psychos Hans Kieslowski 2012-09-07
Movie Saiten des Lebens Peter Mitchell 2012-11-02
Series Teen Mom 2 Peina 2011-01-11
Movie Bulletproof Gangster Shondor Birns 2011-03-10
Movie Dark Horse Jackie 2011-09-05
Movie Life's a Beach Roy Callahan 2010-01-01
Series Whitechapel - Jack the Ripper ist nicht zu fassen Tom 2009-02-02
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler Himself (archive footage) 2009-04-18
Movie The World According to Miley Cyrus 2009-10-28
Movie Bruchreif Roger 2009-05-09
Movie 5 Dollars a Day Nat Parker 2008-01-01
Movie Indiana Jones und das Königreich des Kristallschädels Unknown 2008-05-21
Series Sin City Diaries Lieutenant McDuff 2007-06-01
Movie Balls of Fury Feng 2007-08-29
Movie Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad 2007-07-13
Movie Fade to Black Brewster 2006-03-09
Series The Henry Rollins Show Unknown 2006-04-01
Series Shark The Man with the Plan 2006-09-21
Series 30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Movie Klick Morty 2006-06-22
Movie Die Hochzeits-Crasher Secretary William Cleary 2005-07-13
Movie Domino Mark Heiss 2005-09-22
Movie Neid J-Man 2004-04-30
Movie Mann unter Feuer Rayburn 2004-04-23
Movie Die Frauen von Stepford Mike Wellington 2004-06-10
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken 2004-09-07
Series The Tony Danza Show Vincenzo Coccotti 2004-09-13
Movie Spurensuche - Umwege zur Wahrheit Turner Lair 2004-10-08
Movie Kangaroo Jack Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio 2003-01-17
Movie Liebe mit Risiko - Gigli Det. Stanley Jacobellis 2003-08-01
Movie Welcome to the Jungle Hatcher 2003-09-26
Movie The Work of Director Spike Jonze Himself 2003-10-20
Movie Die Country Bears Reed Thimple 2002-07-26
Movie Poolhall Junkies Uncle Mike 2002-06-07
Movie Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale 2002-12-25
Movie Julius Caesar Marcus Portius Cato 2002-12-27
Movie Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell Bruce Dickinson (archive footage) 2002-09-28
Movie Joe Dreck Clem 2001-04-10
Movie Das Halsband der Königin Count Cagliostro 2001-11-20
Movie God's Army 3 - Die Entscheidung Gabriel 2000-03-14
Movie Sein letzter Coup Victor 'Vic' Kelly 2000-05-17
Movie New Rose Hotel Fox 1999-03-19
Movie Vendetta - Die Gangs von New Orleans James Houston 1999-09-12
Movie Sarah, Plain and Tall - Winter's End Jacob Witting 1999-11-20
Movie Kiss Toledo Goodbye Max 1999-11-22
Movie Suicide Kings Carlo Bartolucci 1998-04-17
Movie God's Army 2 - Die Prophezeiung Gabriel 1998-01-20
Movie Trance - Das Böse stirbt nie Uncle Bill Ferriter 1998-09-18
Movie Illuminata Bevalaqua 1998-05-21
Movie Antz Colonel Cutter (voice) 1998-10-02
Movie Touch Bill Hill 1997-02-14
Movie Ärger im Gepäck Ray 1997-08-29
Movie Mäusejagd Caeser, the Exterminator 1997-12-19
Movie Celluloide 1996-01-26
Movie Privateer 2: The Darkening Hassan 1996-05-17
Movie Das Begräbnis Ray Tempio 1996-01-26
Movie Last Man Standing Hickey 1996-09-20
Series The Daily Show Himself 1996-07-22
Movie Search and Destroy Kim Ulander 1995-01-01
Movie Wild Side - Doppeltes Spiel Bruno Buckingham 1995-04-22
Movie God's Army - Die letzte Schlacht Gabriel 1995-09-01
Movie Gegen die Zeit Mr. Smith 1995-11-22
Movie Liebe und andere Geschäfte Vanni Corso 1995-12-08
Movie Pulp Fiction Captain Koons 1994-09-10
Movie Sarah zwischen Land und Meer Jacob Witting 1993-02-07
Series Zone Interdite Pasco Meisner 1993-03-07
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Scam Jack Shanks 1993-05-22
Movie Wayne's World 2 Bobby Cahn 1993-12-10
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Mistress Warren Zell 1992-07-24
Movie Batmans Rückkehr Max Shreck 1992-06-19
Movie Ein Meer für Sarah Jacob Witting 1991-02-03
Movie McBain McBain 1991-09-20
Movie Karniggels Harry Nash 1991-11-14
Movie All-American Murder P.J. Decker 1991-12-01
Movie King of New York - König zwischen Tag und Nacht Frank White 1990-07-18
Movie Der Trost von Fremden Robert 1990-01-01
Series Law & Order The Interviewer 1990-09-13
Movie Die Besucher Whitley Strieber 1989-11-10
Series Die Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Milagro - Der Krieg im Bohnenfeld Kyril Montana 1988-03-18
Movie Biloxi Blues Sgt. Toomey 1988-03-25
Series Raising Miranda Calvin Webber 1988-11-05
Movie Der gestiefelte Kater Puss 1988-06-01
Movie War Zone - Todeszone Don Stevens 1987-07-02
Movie Auf kurze Distanz Bradford "Brad" Whitewood Sr. 1986-04-18
Movie James Bond 007 - Im Angesicht des Todes Max Zorin 1985-05-24
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie Projekt Brainstorm Michael Brace 1983-09-30
Movie Who Am I This Time? Harry Nash 1982-02-02
Series Wetten, dass..? Frank Featherbed 1981-02-14
Movie Heaven's Gate Nathan D. Champion 1980-11-19
Movie Die Hunde des Krieges Jamie Shannon 1980-12-17
Movie Tödliche Umarmung Eckart 1979-05-04
Movie Die durch die Hölle gehen Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich 1978-12-08
Movie Shoot The Sun Down Mr. Rainbow 1978-01-01
Movie Der Stadtneurotiker Duane Hall 1977-04-19
Movie Hexensabbat Det. Rizzo 1977-01-07
Movie Der Tanzpalast Russel 1977-10-02
Movie Next Stop, Greenwich Village Robert Fulmer 1976-02-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Ein Draht im Kopf Pvt. James H. Reese 1972-06-28
Movie Der Anderson Clan The Kid 1971-06-17
Movie Cleopatra Boy 1970-05-01
Movie Me and My Brother 1969-02-02
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Jack Menken 1968-01-22
Series Hawaii Fünf-Null Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Out of This World Hessian Horseman 1962-06-30
Series That Was The Week That Was Johnny Smith 1962-11-24
Series Gnadenlose Stadt Unknown 1958-09-30
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24