Christopher Walken

31 Mar 1943

Actor

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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Filmography (92 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Father Figures
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Dr. Tinkler)
(movie, 2016)
···Nine Lives
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Felix Grant)
(movie, 2016)
···The Family Fang
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Caleb Fang)
(movie, 2016)
···The Jungle Book
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Animation
Role: Actor (as King Louie (voice))
(movie, 2016)
···Eddie the Eagle
Genre: History, Drama, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Warren Sharp)
(movie, 2015)
···Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Clem)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul)
(movie, 2014)
···Jersey Boys
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo)
(movie, 2014)
···Turks & Caicos
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Curtis Pelissier)
(movie, 2013)
···Gods Behaving Badly
Role: Actor (as Zeus)
(movie, 2012)
···A Late Quartet
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Peter Mitchell)
(movie, 2012)
···Seven Psychopaths
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hans)
(movie, 2012)
···Stand Up Guys
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Doc)
(movie, 2011)
···Kill the Irishman
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Shondor Birns)
(movie, 2009)
···The Maiden Heist
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Roger)
(movie, 2008)
···$5 a Day
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Nat Parker)
(movie, 2007)
···Balls of Fury
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Feng)
(movie, 2007)
···Hairspray
Genre: Family, Comedy, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Wilbur Turnblad)
(movie, 2006)
···Man of the Year
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jack Menken)
(movie, 2006)
···Click
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Morty)
(movie, 2006)
···Fade to Black
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Brewster)
(movie, 2005)
···Domino
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Mark Heiss)
(movie, 2005)
···Romance & Cigarettes
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Cousin Bo)
(movie, 2005)
···Wedding Crashers
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Secretary William Cleary)
(movie, 2004)
···Around the Bend
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Turner Lair)
(movie, 2004)
···The Stepford Wives
Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Mike Wellington)
(movie, 2004)
···Envy
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as J-Man)
(movie, 2004)
···Man on Fire
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Rayburn)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself · Various)
(movie, 2003)
···The Rundown
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hatcher)
(movie, 2003)
···Gigli
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Role: Actor (as Det. Stanley Jacobellis)
(movie, 2003)
···Kangaroo Jack
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio)
(movie, 2002)
···Julius Caesar
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Marcus Portius Cato)
(movie, 2002)
···Catch Me If You Can
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Frank William Abagnale, Sr.)
(movie, 2002)
···Plots with a View
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Frank Featherbed)
(movie, 2002)
···The Country Bears
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Reed Thimple)
(movie, 2001)
···The Affair of the Necklace
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Count Cagliostro)
(movie, 2001)
···America's Sweethearts
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Hal Weidmann)
(movie, 2001)
···Joe Dirt
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Clem)
(movie, 2001)
···Scotland, Pa.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Lieutenant McDuff)
(movie, 2000)
···The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gabriel)
(movie, 2000)
···The Opportunists
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Victor 'Vic' Kelly)
(movie, 1999)
···Sleepy Hollow
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Hessian Horseman)
(movie, 1999)
···Blast from the Past
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Calvin Webber)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jacob Witting)
(movie, 1999)
···Vendetta
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as James Houston)
(movie, 1998)
···Antz
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Colonel Cutter (voice))
(movie, 1998)
···The Prophecy II
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gabriel)
(movie, 1998)
···New Rose Hotel
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Fox)
(movie, 1997)
···MouseHunt
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Caeser, the Exterminator)
(movie, 1997)
···Suicide Kings
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carlo Bartolucci)
(movie, 1997)
···Excess Baggage
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ray)
(movie, 1996)
···Last Man Standing
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hickey)
(movie, 1996)
···The Funeral
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ray Tempio)
(movie, 1996)
···Basquiat
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as The Interviewer)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as The Man with the Plan)
(movie, 1995)
···Nick of Time
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mr. Smith)
(movie, 1995)
···The Prophecy
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gabriel)
(movie, 1995)
···Wild Side
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Bruno Buckingham)
(movie, 1995)
···The Addiction
Genre: Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Peina)
(movie, 1994)
9.1Pulp Fiction
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Captain Koons)
(movie, 1994)
···A Business Affair
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Vanni Corso)
(movie, 1993)
···Wayne's World 2
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Bobby Cahn)
(movie, 1993)
···True Romance
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Role: Actor (as Vincenzo Coccotti)
(movie, 1993)
···Scam
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Jack Shanks)
(movie, 1993)
···Skylark
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jacob Witting)
(movie, 1992)
···Batman Returns
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Max Shreck)
(movie, 1992)
···Le Grand Pardon II
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Pasco Meisner)
(movie, 1991)
···All-American Murder
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as P.J. Decker)
(movie, 1991)
···Sarah, Plain and Tall
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Jacob Witting)
(movie, 1990)
···King of New York
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frank White)
(movie, 1990)
···The Comfort of Strangers
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Robert)
(movie, 1989)
···Communion
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Whitley Strieber)
(movie, 1988)
···Homeboy
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Wesley Pendergass)
(movie, 1988)
···Puss in Boots
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Puss)
(movie, 1988)
···The Milagro Beanfield War
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Kyril Montana)
(movie, 1988)
···Biloxi Blues
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Toomey)
(movie, 1987)
···Deadline
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Don Stevens)
(movie, 1986)
···At Close Range
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Brad Whitewood Sr.)
(movie, 1985)
···A View to a Kill
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Max Zorin)
(movie, 1983)
···The Dead Zone
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Johnny Smith)
(movie, 1983)
···Brainstorm
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Michael Brace)
(movie, 1981)
···Pennies from Heaven
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tom)
(movie, 1980)
···The Dogs of War
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Jamie Shannon)
(movie, 1980)
···Heaven's Gate
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Western
Role: Actor (as Nathan D. Champion)
(movie, 1979)
···Last Embrace
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eckart)
(movie, 1978)
···The Deer Hunter
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich)
(movie, 1977)
···Annie Hall
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Duane Hall)
(movie, 1977)
···The Sentinel
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Det. Rizzo)
(movie, 1972)
···The Happiness Cage
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Privatz James H. Reese)
(movie, 1971)
···The Anderson Tapes
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Kid)