Christopher Walken



Place of birth:

Queens, New York USA:


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."


The War with Grandpa (2019)
Talking with the Vampires (2018)
Irreplaceable You (2018)
Father Figures (2017)
Dr. Tinkler
Nine Lives (2016)
Felix Perkins
The Family Fang (2016)
Caleb Fang
One More Time (2016)
Paul Lombard
The Jungle Book (2016)
King Louie (voice)
Cold Lairs (2016)
King Louie
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Warren Sharp
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)
Peter Pan Live! (2014)
Captain Hook
Jersey Boys (2014)
Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo
Turks & Caicos (2014)
Curtis Pelissier
Gods Behaving Badly (2013)
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love (2013)
The Power of Few (2013)
Stand Up Guys (2013)
A Late Quartet (2012)
Peter Mitchell
Cooking with Christopher Walken (2012)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Hans Kieslowski
Dark Horse (2011)
Kill the Irishman (2011)
Shondor Birns
Life's a Beach (2010)
Roy Callahan
The Maiden Heist (2009)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009)
Himself (archive footage)
$5 a Day (2008)
Nat Parker
Balls of Fury (2007)
Hairspray (2007)
Wilbur Turnblad
Man of the Year (2006)
Jack Menken
Click (2006)
Fade to Black (2006)
Domino (2005)
Mark Heiss
Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
Cousin Bo
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Secretary William Cleary
Around the Bend (2004)
Turner Lair
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken (2004)
The Stepford Wives (2004)
Mike Wellington
Envy (2004)
Man on Fire (2004)
The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003)
The Rundown (2003)
Gigli (2003)
Det. Stanley Jacobellis
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio
Julius Caesar (2002)
Marcus Portius Cato
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Frank Abagnale
Undertaking Betty (2002)
Frank Featherbed
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (2002)
Bruce Dickinson (archive footage)
The Country Bears (2002)
Reed Thimple
Poolhall Junkies (2002)
Uncle Mike
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Count Cagliostro
America's Sweethearts (2001)
Hal Weidmann
Joe Dirt (2001)
Scotland, Pa. (2001)
Lieutenant McDuff
The Opportunists (2000)
Victor 'Vic' Kelly
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)
Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999)
Sarah, Plain and Tall - Winter's End (1999)
Jacob Witting
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Hessian Horseman
Vendetta (1999)
James Houston
New Rose Hotel (1999)
Blast from the Past (1999)
Calvin Webber
Antz (1998)
Colonel Cutter (voice)
The Eternal (1998)
Uncle Bill Ferriter
Illuminata (1998)
Suicide Kings (1998)
Carlo Bartolucci
The Prophecy II (1998)
MouseHunt (1997)
Caeser, the Exterminator
Excess Baggage (1997)
Touch (1997)
Bill Hill
Last Man Standing (1996)
Basquiat (1996)
The Interviewer
Celluloide (1996)
The Funeral (1996)
Ray Tempio
A Business Affair (1995)
Vanni Corso
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
The Man with the Plan
Nick of Time (1995)
Mr. Smith
The Prophecy (1995)
Wild Side (1995)
Bruno Buckingham
The Addiction (1995)
Search and Destroy (1995)
Kim Ulander
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Captain Koons
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Bobby Cahn
True Romance (1993)
Vincenzo Coccotti
Scam (1993)
Jack Shanks
Skylark (1993)
Jacob Witting
Le grand pardon 2 (1992)
Pasco Meisner
Mistress (1992)
Warren Zell
Batman Returns (1992)
Max Shreck
All-American Murder (1991)
P.J. Decker
McBain (1991)
Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
Jacob Witting
King of New York (1990)
Frank White
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
Communion (1989)
Whitley Strieber
Homeboy (1988)
Wesley Pendergass
Puss in Boots (1988)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Sgt. Toomey
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
Kyril Montana
Deadline (1987)
Don Stevens
At Close Range (1986)
Bradford "Brad" Whitewood Sr.
A View to a Kill (1985)
Max Zorin
The Dead Zone (1983)
Johnny Smith
Brainstorm (1983)
Michael Brace
Who Am I This Time? (1982)
Harry Nash
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
The Dogs of War (1980)
Jamie Shannon
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Nathan D. Champion
Last Embrace (1979)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich
Shoot The Sun Down (1978)
Mr. Rainbow
Roseland (1977)
Annie Hall (1977)
Duane Hall
The Sentinel (1977)
Det. Rizzo
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Robert Fulmer
The Mind Snatchers (1972)
Pvt. James H. Reese
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
The Kid
Cleopatra (1970)
Me and My Brother (1969)
Barefoot in Athens (1966)
Percy ()
Percy Schmeiser