|Christopher Walken Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||March 31, 1943|
Christopher Walken is a multi-talented American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, director, screenwriter, and playwright. He is known for his roles in Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter, The Dogs of War, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, Batman Returns, Pulp Fiction, Antz, Vendetta, Sleepy Hollow, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Seven Psychopaths, The Jungle Book, and Irreplaceable You. He has received numerous awards including Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Astoria, New York, United States
- Weston, Connecticut, United States
- Block Island, Rhode Island, United States
Christopher Walken attended the Professional Children’s School. Later, he joined Hofstra University in Hampstead, New York, but dropped out to take up an acting role in a Broadway.
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
- Father – Paul Wälken (Owned Walken’s Bakery in Astoria)
- Mother – Rosalie Wälken
- Siblings – Kenneth Wälken (Brother), Glenn Wälken (Brother)
- Others – Joseph Egen (Maternal Grandfather), Matthew Egen (Maternal Great Grandfather), Alice Chambers (Maternal Great Grandmother), Mary/Molly Russell (Maternal Grandmother), William Charles Russell (Maternal Great Grandfather), Mary MacFarlane Burgess (Maternal Great Grandmother)
Christopher Walken is managed by ICM Partners, Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles, California, United States.
6 ft or 183 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Christopher Walken has dated –
- Liza Minnelli (1963-1964) – In 1963, Christopher started dating singer and actress Liza Minnelli. Their relationship lasted a year as they broke up in 1964.
- Natalie Wood (1981) – In 1981, it was speculated that Christopher hooked up with actress Natalie Wood. They acted together in the film Brainstorm (1983).
- Georgianne Thon (1968-Present) – In 1968, Christopher began dating casting director Georgianne Walken. He met Georgianne while touring with “West Side Story” in Chicago. The couple tied the knot in January 1969. They have no children.
Race / Ethnicity
He has German ancestry on his father’s side and Scottish and small amount of Irish ancestry on his mother’s side.
One eye is ‘Blue’ and the other is ‘Hazel’
He has a condition called heterochromia.
- Tall height
- Hair combed back
Christopher Walken has either endorsed or appeared in commercials for the following brands –
- New York’s Miracle Campaign
He was raised a Methodist.
Best Known For
His roles in numerous films such as The Deer Hunter (1978) as Nikanor “Nick” Chevotarevich, The Dogs of War (1980) as James “Jamie” Shannon, The Dead Zone (1983) as Johnny Smith, A View to a Kill (1985) as Max Zorin, Batman Returns (1992) as Max Shreck, Pulp Fiction (1994) as Captain Koons, Sleepy Hollow (1999) as The Hessian, and Seven Psychopaths (2012) as Hans
As a Singer
He has lent his voice to songs such as I Wanna Be Like You, My Mother’s Eyes, and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.
In 1969, he made his theatrical film debut in the drama film Me and My Brother as a Director.
In 1998, he made his theatrical film debut as a voice actor in the animated adventure film Antz as the voice of Cutter.
First TV Show
In 1953, he made his first TV show appearance on the drama series The Wonderful John Acton as Kevin Acton.
In 2009, he made his TV show debut as a voice-over artist on the comedy series 30 Rock.
Christopher Walken Favorite Things
- Actor – John Gielgud
Source – Rolling Stone
Christopher Walken Facts
- As a kid, he used to deliver cakes in a station wagon, work in the back of the bakery, and put jelly in the doughnuts.
- At the age of 10, he was influenced by Jerry Lewis, whom he met on The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) when he was working as an extra on the show while doing a skit with Lewis.
- In 1963, he dropped out of Hofstra University just after a year to be a part of the off-Broadway musical “Best Foot Forward”.
- At the age of 15, he worked briefly as a lion tamer in a circus.
- In the October 1997 issue of the Empire (UK) magazine, he was ranked #96 in the list of “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.
- He has a phobia of riding in speeding cars.
- In 1980, two men assaulted and broke his nose in a street in New York when Christopher asked them to turn down their music.
- He once got robbed at Venice airport, where his The Prophecy II (1998) script, glasses, keys, driver’s license, and $100 were stolen. All items except for the money were recovered.
- He was present on Natalie Wood’s yacht the night she drowned.
- Christopher won an MTV Video Music Award for choreographing his own dance in Fatboy Slim’s music video Weapon Of Choice (2001).
- He is a member of Saturday Night Live‘s prestigious “Five Timers Club”.
- In one of the scenes of The Dead Zone (1983), he tells his class to read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” while, 16 years later, he played the character of The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999).
- Has does not like handguns and uses prop guns in films.
- When co-hosting the Saturday Night Live specials in 1975, his introduction song used to be I’m Walkin, I’m ‘Talkin as it rhymed with his name.
- He adopted the name “Christopher” on his friend’s suggestion who stated that the name suited him better than the nickname “Ronnie”.
- While filming The Rundown (2003), he was reluctant to use the phrase “Oompah Loompah” in his final scene as he had never seen the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
- He has been given the same character name “Max” for many films including Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999), Batman Returns (1992), and A View to a Kill (1985).
- He loves horror films, especially with zombies in it.
- In preparation for his character in The Deer Hunter (1978), he ate a diet of only rice and bananas.
- In the 100th issue of Tropopkin, he was ranked #1 on their list of “Top 25 Most Intriguing People”.
- His mother lived to be 102 years old (May 16, 1907-March 26, 2010).
- In 2006, Premiere Magazine listed his performance as Nick Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978) as #88 on their list of “100 Greatest Performances of All Time”.
- In 1994, he received the Shakespeare Theater’s Will Award for his work in classical theater.
- He doesn’t own a computer or a cell phone. He confirmed this in December 2020 during his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
- He is the first actor to play the role of King Philip of France on stage for The Lion in Winter in 1966, at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City.
- Christopher is known to be a skilled chef.
- His mother named him after his favorite actor, Ronald Colman.
- On February 15, 2008, he was awarded Harvard’s “Hasty Pudding Man of the Year”.
- He is not a good swimmer.
- To create the emotions of his character during the Russian roulette scene in The Deer Hunter (1978), he recalled his summer camp days, which he hated as he felt betrayed, isolated, and alone.
- Since his mid-teens, he has always been a huge fan of Elvis Presley.
- He quit smoking cigarettes in his late 30s.
- Actress Rosie O’Donnell once described him as one of the scariest people alive.
- Christopher has been a part of many films that have received Oscar nomination for “Best Pictures” such as Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Pulp Fiction (1994).
- He had cats named Bowtie and Flapjack.
- He likes studying his scripts while cooking.
- In 1972, he got Muhammad Ali‘s boxing shorts for $40 at an auction, which he had kept framed in his house.
- Christopher does not like eating sweet items.
- He typically doesn’t turn down scripts to remain engaged in his work.
- In 2001, he wrote and directed a short film titled Popcorn Shrimp.
- He is not active on social media.
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