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 assaulted in a street in New York in 1980 when he asked two men to turn down their music. His nose was broken in the incident.
- Was considered for the part of Andy in _Dead of Night (1974)_ (qv).
- Quit smoking cigarettes in his late thirties.
- At the time of filming _The Rundown (2003)_ (qv), he had never seen the film _Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)_ (qv), and was therefore reluctant to use the phrase "Oompah Loompah" in his final scene. When learning of this, director 'Peter Berg (I)' (qv) gave him a copy of the film, and he finally decided to use the phrase.
- Has an intense dislike of handguns.
- Has never learned to swim.
- He lives in his house in the country, while his wife lives in their New York apartment. Walken says the only people he sees when he is not working are the garbage men.
- Walken initially intended to study dancing instead of acting, but dropped out of Hofstra University after one year when he landed an off-Broadway musical "Best Foot Forward" in 1963.