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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Worked briefly as a lion tamer in a circus at age 15.
- Danced with 'Judy Garland (I)' (qv) at 'Liza Minnelli' (qv)'s 16th birthday party.
- Quit smoking cigarettes in his late thirties.
- Was considered for the part of Andy in _Dead of Night (1974)_ (qv).
- In order to achieve the gaunt, withdrawn and hollow look of his character in _The Deer Hunter (1978)_ (qv), it's reported that he ate a diet consisting of only rice and bananas in preparation for this film.
- '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.