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Christopher Walken Fast Facts:
Danced, acted and modeled at a very young age.
As a teen, worked briefly as a lion tamer in a traveling circus.
Lost out to Ryan O'Neal for the lead role in
and was the second choice behind Harrison Ford to play Han Solo in
Originally auditioned for a small part in
The Deer Hunter
, but instead won the part of Nick and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.
Used a diet of rice and bananas to achieve his gaunt look for
The Deer Hunter
Awarded "Funniest Male Guest Star" at the 2001 American Comedy Awards for his work on
Saturday Night Live
, an episode highlighted by a parody of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper."
Won a 2001 MTV Video Music Award for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," in which he danced through an empty hotel.
Starred in the Broadway play
A Behanding in Spokane
in 2010, garnering a Tony nomination.
Has had his offbeat speech delivery often imitated. Walken impressionists include Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey and Kevin Pollak.
Christopher Walken Relationships:
Kenneth Walken - Brother
Paul Walken - Father
Georgianne Walken - Wife
Glenn Walken - Brother
Rosalie Walken - Mother
Christopher Walken Awards:
2010 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
1991 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
2002 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
1979 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
2000 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
2002 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1979 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
1978 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
Attended Hofstra College, Hempstead, NY
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