Mar. 31st, 1943
Queens, New York, USA
Christopher Walken's Main TV Roles
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Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films. He won an Oscar as best supporting actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978). Seen in mostly supporting roles throughout the 80s and early 90s, often portraying psychologically unstable characters.
- Was named after actor 'Ronald Colman' (qv).
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [October 8, 2004].
- His performance as Nick Chevotarevich in _The Deer Hunter (1978)_ (qv) is ranked #88 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Only Oscar-winning actor to portray a primary 007 villain, in _A View to a Kill (1985)_ (qv).
- A frequent host of _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv), he has also been parodied on the show by 'Jay Mohr' (qv). The youngest ever regular cast member was 'Anthony Michael Hall' (qv), who succeeded him in the television series based on _The Dead Zone (1983)_ (qv), and who, like Walken, has appeared in the Batman film series.
- In his 35 years in film, he has acted in well over 90 films. He rarely turns down a part, under the belief that making movies (whether they turn out good or bad) is always a rewarding experience.
- Is only the second person in history to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actor from the Oscars, for _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv), and Worst Supporting Actor from the Razzies, for _The Country Bears (2002)_ (qv) in the same year. The first was 'James Coco' (qv), who was actually nominated for both awards for the same role in _Only When I Laugh (1981)_ (qv).
- 'Jerry Lewis (I)' (qv) influenced Walken to make show business his career. At age 10, he met Lewis on _"The Colgate Comedy Hour" (1950)_ (qv), where Lewis and 'Dean Martin (I)' (qv) were guest hosts. Walken was an extra on the show and was in a skit with Lewis.