Christopher Walken - Rotten Tomatoes

Christopher Walken

Highest Rated:   97% Annie Hall (1977)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York
A versatile character actor whose intense demeanor and slightly off-kilter delivery served him well in both comedies and dramas, Christopher Walken was at once one of the busiest and most respected actors of his generation, appearing in as many as five films in a year while still finding time for stage and occasional television work.Walken was born Ronald Walken in Queens, NY, on March 31, 1943, the youngest of three sons of Paul and Rosalie Walken; Paul ran a bakery, while Rosalie was convinced her sons had talent and was determined they take advantage of it. Ronald landed his first job in front of a camera at the age of 14 months when he posed for a calendar photo with a pair of kittens. Like his siblings, he received dance lessons as a youngster, and, by the age of ten, was making frequent appearances on television and radio shows, and was a regular on a short-lived sitcom, The Wonderful John Acton. Ronald and his brothers also enrolled at New York's Professional Children's School, and he spent a summer as a junior lion tamer with a circus, later recalling that the lion was quite old and docile.In 1961, Walken enrolled at Hofstra University. But, little more than a year later, he landed a role in the Broadway-bound musical Best Foot Forward (which starred one of his former classmates, Liza Minelli), and decided to leave college. Spending the next several years working in a variety of musicals -- both in New York and on the road -- the young actor appeared in a 1964 touring production of West Side Story, and there met actress and dancer Georgianne Thon. The two began dating, and eventually married in 1969. While appearing in a revue starring model-turned-singer Monique Van Vooren in 1965, Walken was told by the headliner he looked more like a Christopher than a Ronald; he decided to take her advice, and adopted Christopher Walken as his stage name. In 1966, he made his first appearance in a non-singing role as Phillip, the King of France, in a Broadway production of The Lion in Winter. By the end of the decade, Walken was devoting his energies to stage dramas, although he continued to keep up with his dance training.Walken made his movie debut with 1968's Me and My Brother -- a film directed by acclaimed photographer and experimental filmmaker Robert Frank -- and, in 1972, scored his first starring role in the low-budget sci-fi thriller The Mind Snatchers. Walken first caught the attention of critics with his performance as a bohemian ladies' man in Paul Mazursky's Next Stop, Greenwich Village, and landed a small but memorable role in Woody Allen's Annie Hall as suicidal preppie Duane. But Walken's real breakthrough came in 1978, with his role as Nick in The Deer Hunter. Playing a small-town boy who is irreversibly scarred by his experiences in Vietnam, the role won Walken an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and made him a bankable and recognizable name. He soon committed to director Michael Cimino's follow-up, which proved to be the infamous box-office and critically-panned flop Heaven's Gate, and later showed off both his acting and dancing skills as a villainous pimp in the musical drama Pennies From Heaven. While Walken remained a critical favorite, he fell short of becoming a major box-office draw due to the disappointing returns of many of his post-Deer Hunter films. But, by his own admission, Walken was always an actor who liked to work, and he maintained a busy schedule of both stage and screen roles. His willingness to take on edgy film characters with questionable commercial appeal (such as At Close Range, King of New York, and Communion) helped earn the actor a loyal cult following, and small but showy roles in True Romance and Pulp Fiction gave Walken's screen career a serious boost in the early '90s. By the time Walken turned 60, he had written, directed, and starred in an off-Broadway comedy called Him; received another Oscar nomination for his performance in Catch Me if You Can; appeared in films as varied as

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The War with Grandpa
  • Actor
2017
12% Nine Lives
  • Felix Grant
$19.7M 2016
79% The Family Fang
  • Caleb Fang
$15.8k 2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • King Louie
$364M 2016
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again)
  • Paul
2016
80% Eddie The Eagle
  • Warren Sharp
$20.1M 2016
0% Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Anthony Benedetti/Clem Doore/Gert B. Frobe
2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos
  • Curtis Pelissier
2014
52% Jersey Boys
  • Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo
2014
59% Peter Pan Live!
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
  • Actor
2013
57% The Power Of Few
  • Doke
$16.6k 2013
37% Stand Up Guys
  • Doc
$3.4M 2013
78% A Late Quartet
  • Peter Mitchell (Cello)
$1.4M 2012
82% Seven Psychopaths
  • Hans
$15.1M 2012
71% Dark Horse
  • Jackie
$0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly
  • Zeus
2012
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts
  • Actor
2012
63% Kill the Irishman
  • Shondor Birns
$1.2M 2011
No Score Yet The Boy Who Saw Through
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Life's a Beach
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist
  • Roger
$0.5M 2009
No Score Yet $5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day)
  • Nat
2008
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Cousin Bo
$0.4M 2007
22% Balls of Fury
  • Feng
$32.9M 2007
91% Hairspray
  • Wilbur Turnbald
$118.9M 2007
21% Man of the Year
  • Jack Menken
$37.5M 2006
29% Fade to Black
  • Brewster
2006
32% Click
  • Morty
$137.4M 2006
19% Domino
  • Mark Heiss
$10.2M 2005
75% Wedding Crashers
  • William Cleary
$209.3M 2005
28% Around the Bend
  • Turner Lair
$0.2M 2004
26% The Stepford Wives
  • Mike Wellington
$59.4M 2004
8% Envy
  • J-Man
$12.2M 2004
39% Man on Fire
  • Rayburn
$77.7M 2004
70% The Rundown
  • Hatcher
$47.6M 2003
6% Gigli
  • Det. Stanley Jacobellis
$5.7M 2003
8% Kangaroo Jack
  • Sal
$66.8M 2003
40% Undertaking Betty
  • Frank Featherbed
2003
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Cato
2002
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Frank Abagnale Sr.
$164.4M 2002
30% The Country Bears
  • Reed Thimple
$16.9M 2002
34% Poolhall Junkies
  • Mike
$0.6M 2002
No Score Yet Julius Caesar (Caesar)
  • Cato
2002
15% The Affair of the Necklace
  • Count Cagliostro
2001
26% Chelsea Walls
  • Actor
2001
32% America's Sweethearts
  • Hal Weidmann
$93.1M 2001
11% Joe Dirt
  • Clem
$27.1M 2001
59% Scotland, Pa.
  • Lt. Ernie McDuff
$0.3M 2001
52% The Opportunists
  • Victor Kelly
2000
No Score Yet Kiss Toledo Goodbye
  • Max
2000
17% The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
  • Gabriel
2000
No Score Yet Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End
  • Jacob Witting
1999
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Headless Horseman
1999
19% New Rose Hotel
  • Fox
1999
38% Illuminata
  • Bevalaqua
1999
No Score Yet Vendetta
  • James Houston
1999
58% Blast From the Past
  • Calvin Webber
1999
96% Antz
  • Col. Cutter
1998
33% Trance (The Eternal: Kiss of the Mummy)
  • Nora's Uncle
1998
33% The Prophecy II
  • Gabriel
1998
42% Mouse Hunt
  • Caesar
1997
32% Excess Baggage
  • Ray
1997
34% Suicide Kings
  • Charles Barrett
1997
33% Touch
  • Bill Hill
1997
50% Comfort of Strangers
  • Robert
1997
79% The Funeral
  • Ray
1996
37% Last Man Standing
  • Hickey
1996
70% Basquiat
  • The Interviewer
1996
No Score Yet Celluloide (Celluloid)
  • U.S. Officer
1995
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • The Man with the Plan
1995
31% Nick of Time
  • Mr. Smith
1995
No Score Yet A Business Affair
  • Vanni Corso
1995
73% The Addiction
  • Peina
1995
43% The Prophecy
  • Angel Gabriel
1995
33% Search and Destroy
  • Kim
$0.4M 1995
60% Wild Side (All The Way)
  • Bruno Buckingham
1995
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Koons
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Bobby Cahn
1993
92% True Romance
  • Vincenzo Coccotti
1993
No Score Yet Scam
  • Jack Shanks
1993
No Score Yet Skylark
  • Jacob Witting
1993
No Score Yet Day of Atonement
  • Actor
1993
81% Batman Returns
  • Max Shreck
1992
No Score Yet McBain
  • McBain
1992
No Score Yet All-American Murder
  • P.J. Decker
1991
69% Mistress
  • Warren Zell
1991
80% Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Jacob Witting
1991
71% King of New York
  • Frank White
1990
20% Communion
  • Whitley Strieber
1989
No Score Yet Homeboy
  • Wesley Pendergass
1988
81% Biloxi Blues
  • Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey
1988
59% The Milagro Beanfield War
  • Kyril Montana
1988
No Score Yet Puss in Boots
  • Puss
1988
No Score Yet Witness in the War Zone
  • Don Stevens
1987
No Score Yet Deadline
  • Actor
1987
86% At Close Range
  • Brad Whitewood Sr.
1986
36% A View to a Kill
  • Max Zorin
1985
90% The Dead Zone
  • Johnny Smith
1983
63% Brainstorm
  • Michael Brace
1983
No Score Yet Who Am I This Time?
  • Harry Nash
1982
No Score Yet Cannon Movie Tales: Puss in Boots
  • Puss
1982
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Tom
1981
57% Heaven's Gate
  • Nathan D. Champion
1980
67% The Dogs of War
  • Jamie Shannon
1980
33% Last Embrace
  • Eckart
1979
94% The Deer Hunter
  • Nick
1978
No Score Yet Roseland
  • Russel
1977
97% Annie Hall
  • Duane Hall
1977
58% The Sentinel
  • Rizzo
1977
73% Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  • Robert
1976
No Score Yet Shoot the Sun Down
  • Mr. Rainbow
1974
No Score Yet The Mind Snatchers
  • Privatz James H. Reese
1972
80% The Anderson Tapes
  • The Kid
1971
No Score Yet Me and My Brother
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Curtis Pelissier
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2008
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1996
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2007

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