Christopher Walken young
March 31, 1943
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
75 kg | 165 pounds
10 US | 43 EU
Christopher Walken was born in Astoria, New York City, New York, U.S., on March 31, 1943, is an American actor.
Young Christopher Walken began his acting career as a child actor in anthology series and variety shows as an extra, on television and in theatre.
He got his first regular role as Kevin Acton in TV drama series The Wonderful John Acton (1953).
He received the Shakespeare Theater's Will Award for his contributions to classical theater in 1994.
He made his big screen debut in thriller movie The Anderson Tapes (1971) in role as The Kid, opposite Sean Connery.
Christopher's breakthrough performance came as Duane Hall in romantic comedy film Annie Hall (1977), directed by Woody Allen.
He made his directorial debut with short film Popcorn Shrimp (2001).
Wild Mountain Thyme (2021) drama romance in role as Anthony's Father, opposite Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm and Jamie Dornan
The War with Grandpa (2020) family comedy in role as Jerry, opposite Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman
The Jesus Rolls (2019) crime comedy in role as Warden, with John Turturro, Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Cpl. Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in epic war drama movie The Deer Hunter (1978), directed by Michael Cimino.
He won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for his role as Frank Abagnale in biographical crime film Catch Me If You Can (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg.
King of New York (1990) crime thriller with Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes
True Romance (1993) romantic crime opposite Christian Slater, Brad Pitt and Patricia Arquette
The Dead Zone (1983) horror thriller directed by David Cronenberg
Wedding Crashers (2005) comedy with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
Seven Psychopaths (2012) dark comedy crime with Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson
A View to a Kill (1985) spy opposite Roger Moore
Man on Fire (2004) action drama with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning
Batman Returns (1992) superhero with Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito
Close Range (1986) crime drama with Sean Penn
Homeboy (1988) drama opposite Mickey Rourke
Nick of Time (1995) neo noir political thriller opposite Johnny Depp
Pulp Fiction (1994) drama crime directed by Quentin Tarantino
Stand Up Guys (2012) crime comedy with Al Pacino
Heaven's Gate (1980) epic Western with Kris Kristofferson and Jeff Bridges
Last Man Standing (1996) action thriller with Bruce Willis
The Prophecy (1995) fantasy horror thriller with Viggo Mortensen
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Jacob Witting in television drama film Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991).
He guest-starred in action police procedural television series Hawaii Five-O (1969) in role as Navy SP Walt Kramer.
He played Cato the Younger in mini-series Julius Caesar (2003).
He hosted Saturday Night Live seven times.
He portrayed Captain Hook in NBC television special Peter Pan Live! (2014).
Attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
He was trained as a dancer at the Washington Dance Studio.
Has two brothers, Kenneth and Glenn.
He appeared in more than 100 films during his career.
He was nominated for two Tony Awards for:
James Joyce's The Dead (2000) musical in role as Gabriel Conroy, at the Belasco Theatre
A Behanding in Spokane (2010) black comedy play in role as Carmichael, at the Schoenfeld Theatre
Loves horror movies featuring zombies.
He worked as a lion tamer in a circus, as a teenager.
He is member of Saturday Night Live prestigious "Five Timers Club".
Huge fan of Elvis Presley, he wrote and played the lead role in a play "Him" (1995), about Elvis Presley.
Featured in music video for:
Madonna "Bad Girl" (1993)
Skid Row "Breakin' Down" (1995)
Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice" (2001)
Lives in Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
He married casting director Georgianne Walken in 1969.
He dated Liza Minnelli (1963-1964).
I've always been a character actor, although I'm not quite sure what that means. All my scripts are absolutely covered in notes, so any time I say anything - even "pass the salt" - I have six subtexts, comments on what I really mean when I'm saying that. Maybe that's what gives the impression that I'm saying one thing and thinking something else.
Acting has to do with saying it as if you meant it, so for me the words are always very important. It's very important for me to know my lines, know them so well that I don't have to think about them.
An actor really is a kind of intermediary between an audience and the piece, whether it's a play or movie.
I'll tell you, Quentin Tarantino really writes the most amazing dialogue.
People think that my favorite roles to do are villains, but I find comedy to be the most challenging and rewarding.
I like to go to work, and also, I don't have any kids. I don't have any hobbies. I don't like to travel. So going to work is kind of it.
Morning is the best time to see movies.
I live sort of in the country and I like that. It's very quiet, it's beautiful.