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Christopher Walken

Actor Christopher Walken
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Full Name: Ronald Walken
Profession: Actor

United States of America

Biography: Christopher Walken is a much acclaimed actor known for such films as "The Deer Hunter" (1978) and "Catch Me If You Can" (2002). Walken won an Oscar for best Supporting Oscar for the former and was nominated for the later.

Walken is known for playing eerily calm yet dangerous characters including a number of films by Quentin Tarantino such as "Pulp Fiction" (1994). "The Sicilian scene" in Tarentino's "True Romance" (1993) between Walken and Dennis Hopper is especially famous.

Walken showed his theater background and dancing skills when he performed in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" music video, which won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

Born: March 31, 1943
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA
Age: 79 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1978-12-08 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)
  • 1980-11-18 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever
  • 1985-05-22 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco
  • 1994-05-12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)
  • 1994-05-23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2001-04-23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing
  • 2014-12-04 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

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