|Name:||"Ronnie" Ronald Walken|
|Birthplace:||Astoria, Queens, New York City, USA|
|Birthdate:||March 31, 1943|
|Films appeared in:||McBain|
Nick of Time
Last Man Standing
Man on Fire
The Maiden Heist
Christopher Walken (born as "Ronald Walken" on March 31, 1943 in Astoria, Queens, NYC, USA) is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War (with Tom Berenger), Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill (with Dolph Lundgren), Tony Scott's True Romance (with Christian Slater, Tom Sizemore, Samuel L. Jackson and James Gandolfini), Pulp Fiction (again with Jackson and with John Travolta and Bruce Willis), Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray (again with Travolta) and Seven Psychopaths (with Colin Farrell) as well as music videos by many popular recording artists. Walken has received a number of awards and nominations during his career, including winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1978 for his portrayal of Nikanor "Nick" Chebotarevich in The Deer Hunter (with Robert De Niro).
Walken's films have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States. He has also played the lead in the Shakespeare plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Coriolanus. He is a popular guest-host of "Saturday Night Live", having hosted the skit show seven times as of April 2008. Walken is imitated for his deadpan affect, sudden off-beat pauses, and unusual speech rhythm and emphasis, which are sometimes subject to parody. He is revered for his quality of danger and menace, but his unpredictable deliveries and expressions make him invaluable in comedy as well. He is also noted for rarely refusing movie roles and having stated in interviews that he will decline a role only if he is simply too busy on other projects to take it as he regards each role as a learning experience.