Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

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."

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2017

The War with Grandpa

Jerry2017-10-20
2016

Nine Lives

Felix Grant2016-08-03
2016

The Family Fang

Caleb Fang2016-04-29
2016
One More Time
Paul2016-04-08
2016
The Jungle Book
King Louie (voice)2016-04-07
2016

Cold Lairs

King Louie2016-04-05
2016

Eddie the Eagle

Warren Sharp2016-02-26
2015

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

Clem2015-07-16
2014
Peter Pan Live!
Captain Hook2014-12-04
2014
Jersey Boys
Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo2014-06-05
2014
Turks & Caicos
Curtis Pelissier2014-03-20
2013
Gods Behaving Badly
Zeus2013-11-13
2013
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
Himself2013-10-12
2013
The Power of Few
Doke2013-02-15
2012
A Late Quartet
Peter Mitchell2012-11-02
2012
Seven Psychopaths
Hans2012-09-07
2012
Stand Up Guys
Doc2012-03-08
2011
Dark Horse
Jackie2011-09-05
2011
Kill the Irishman
Shondor Birns2011-03-10
2010
Life's a Beach
Roy Callahan2010-01-01
2009
The Maiden Heist
Roger2009-05-09
2009
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler
Himself (archive footage)2009-04-18
2008
$5 a Day
Nat Parker2008-01-01
2007
Balls of Fury
Feng2007-08-29
2007
Hairspray
Wilbur Turnblad2007-07-13
2006
Man of the Year
Jack Menken2006-10-09
2006
Click
Morty2006-06-22
2006
Fade to Black
Brewster2006-03-09
2005
Domino
Mark Heiss2005-09-22
2005
Romance & Cigarettes
Cousin Bo2005-09-13
2005
Wedding Crashers
Secretary William Cleary2005-07-14
2004
Around the Bend
Turner Lair2004-10-08
2004
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken
2004-09-07
2004
The Stepford Wives
Mike Wellington2004-06-10
2004
Envy
J-Man2004-04-30
2004
Man on Fire
Rayburn2004-04-23
2003
The Work of Director Spike Jonze
Himself2003-10-20
2003
The Rundown
Hatcher2003-09-26
2003
Gigli
Det. Stanley Jacobellis2003-08-01
2003
Kangaroo Jack
Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio2003-01-17
2002
Julius Caesar
Marcus Portius Cato2002-12-27
2002
Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale, Sr.2002-12-25
2002
Undertaking Betty
Frank Featherbed2002-10-04
2002
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell
Bruce Dickinson (archive footage)2002-09-28
2002
The Country Bears
Reed Thimple2002-07-21
2002
Poolhall Junkies
Uncle Mike2002-06-07
2001
The Affair of the Necklace
Count Cagliostro2001-11-20
2001
America's Sweethearts
Hal Weidmann2001-07-17
2001
Joe Dirt
Clem2001-04-10
2001
Scotland, Pa.
Lieutenant McDuff2001-03-15
2000
The Opportunists
Victor 'Vic' Kelly2000-05-17
2000
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
Gabriel2000-03-14
1999
Kiss Toledo Goodbye
Max1999-11-22
1999
Sarah, Plain and Tall - Winter's End
Jacob Witting1999-11-20
1999
Sleepy Hollow
Hessian Horseman1999-11-18
1999
Vendetta
James Houston1999-09-12
1999
The Eternal
Uncle Bill Ferriter1999-07-06
1999
Blast from the Past
Calvin Webber1999-02-12
1998
Antz
Colonel Cutter (voice)1998-10-02
1998
New Rose Hotel
Fox1998-09-05
1998
Illuminata
Bevalaqua1998-05-21
1998
The Prophecy II
Gabriel1998-01-20
1997
MouseHunt
Caeser, the Exterminator1997-12-19
1997
Suicide Kings
Carlo Bartolucci1997-09-06
1997
Excess Baggage
Ray1997-08-29
1997
Touch
Bill Hill1997-02-14
1996
Last Man Standing
Hickey1996-09-20
1996
Basquiat
The Interviewer1996-08-09
1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening
Hassan1996-05-17
1996
Celluloide
1996-01-26
1996
The Funeral
Ray Tempio1996-01-26
1995
A Business Affair
Vanni Corso1995-12-08
1995
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
The Man with the Plan1995-12-01
1995
Nick of Time
Mr. Smith1995-11-22
1995
The Prophecy
Gabriel1995-09-01
1995
Wild Side
Bruno Buckingham1995-04-22
1995
The Addiction
Peina1995-01-10
1995
Search and Destroy
1995-01-01
1994
Pulp Fiction
Captain Koons1994-10-13
1993
Wayne's World 2
Bobby Cahn1993-12-10
1993
True Romance
Vincenzo Coccotti1993-09-09
1993
Scam
Jack Shanks1993-05-22
1993
Skylark
Jacob Witting1993-02-07
1992
Le grand pardon 2
Pasco Meisner1992-12-09
1992
Mistress
Warren Zell1992-07-24
1992
Batman Returns
Max Shreck1992-06-19
1991
All-American Murder
P.J. Decker1991-12-01
1991
McBain
McBain1991-09-20
1991
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Jacob Witting1991-02-03
1990
King of New York
Frank White1990-07-18
1990
The Comfort of Strangers
Robert1990-01-01
1989
Communion
Whitley Strieber1989-11-10
1988
Homeboy
Wesley Pendergass1988-08-24
1988
Puss in Boots
Puss1988-06-01
1988
Biloxi Blues
Sgt. Toomey1988-03-25
1988
The Milagro Beanfield War
Kyril Montana1988-03-18
1987
Deadline
Don Stevens1987-09-11
1986
At Close Range
Brad Whitewood Sr.1986-04-18
1985
A View to a Kill
Max Zorin1985-05-24
1983
The Dead Zone
Johnny Smith1983-10-21
1983
Brainstorm
Michael Brace1983-09-30
1982
Who Am I This Time?
Harry Nash1982-02-02
1981
Pennies from Heaven
Tom1981-12-11
1980
The Dogs of War
Jamie Shannon1980-12-17
1980
Heaven's Gate
Nathan D. Champion1980-11-19
1979
Last Embrace
Eckart1979-05-04
1978
The Deer Hunter
Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich1978-12-08
1978
Shoot The Sun Down
Mr. Rainbow1978-01-01
1977
Roseland
Russel1977-10-02
1977
Annie Hall
Duane Hall1977-04-19
1977
The Sentinel
Det. Rizzo1977-01-07
1976
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Robert Fulmer1976-02-04
1972
The Mind Snatchers
Pvt. James H. Reese1972-06-28
1971
The Anderson Tapes
The Kid1971-06-17
1970
Cleopatra
Boy1970-05-01
1966
Barefoot in Athens
1966-11-11