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 Love Story and was the second choice behind Harrison Ford to play Han Solo in Star Wars.
  • 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.

Awards

  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 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

Relationships

  • Georgianne Walken — Wife
  • Rosalie Walken — Mother
  • Glenn Walken — Brother
  • Kenneth Walken — Brother
  • Paul Walken — Father

College

  • Attended Hofstra College, Hempstead, NY

Details

  • Birth Name: Ronald Walken
  • Birth Place: Astoria, NY
  • Birthday: March 31, 1943, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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