Christopher Walken

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Ronald Walken
  • Birth Place: Astoria, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/31/1943, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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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 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.
  • Christopher Walken Relationships:
  • Rosalie Walken - Mother
  • Glenn Walken - Brother
  • Georgianne Walken - Wife
  • Kenneth Walken - Brother
  • Paul Walken - Father
  • Christopher Walken Awards:
  • 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
  • 1979 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - 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
  • College:
  • Attended Hofstra College, Hempstead, NY

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