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.
- 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).
- His wife, 'Georgianne Walken' (qv), and his brothers, 'Ken Walken' (qv) & 'Glenn Walken' (qv), still call him "Ronnie".
- Has an intense dislike of handguns.
- 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.
- Lost out to 'Ryan O'Neal' (qv) for the romantic lead in _Love Story (1970)_ (qv).
- 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).
- Has different-colored eyes (one blue and one hazel). This is a condition known as heterochromia.
- Was on 'Natalie Wood (I)' (qv)'s yacht the night she drowned.