History Main / ChristopherWalken

4th Mar '13 12:20:51 PM EarlOfSandvich
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[MemeticMutation I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!]]]]-]

->''"I make films that no one sees. I've made films that I myself have not seen."''

Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''Film/TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.

Walken appeared as the ArchangelGabriel in the first three ''[[Film/TheProphecy Prophecy]]'' movies, as well as his frequent guest-host appearances on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (seven in all, though six of them [the ones from 1990 to 2003] have his recurring sketch "The Continental" and all six of them have monologues in which Walken sings and dances; the one from the WritersStrike-shortened 33rd season has neither of these), his most notable being ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' Bruce Dickinson in the "[[MemeticMutation More Cowbell]]" sketch and The Continental ([[WeirdAlEffect based on an actual TV character from an obscure 1950s show; but most people wouldn't know that]]). In the United States, films featuring Walken have grossed over $1.8 billion. He has also played the main role in the Shakespeare plays ''Hamlet'', ''Macbeth'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and even ''Coriolanus''. Famous film roles were Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in ''The Deer Hunter'' (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and in ''Film/PulpFiction'', as Captain Koons, a Vietnam War veteran, which has since become a pop culture icon. In fact, his prolific film appearances relate to his own policy of ''never'' turning down film roles unless he's too busy, finding that each and every role is a learning experience.

His distinctive style of speaking, including random pauses, wild enunciation and a tendency to change voice pitch at random, have made clips from his movies subject to a great deal of MemeticMutation, and he's probably the third most-imitated actor out there, after [[SeanConnery Connery]] and [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnold]]. He doesn't actually sound much like most of his impersonators. You're still... imagining!... this article...in his...''illustrious'' voice!

As pointed out by the top quote, ChristopherWalken doesn't cherrypick with the roles he takes. [[DoingItForTheArt He just plain loves making movies]].

A former professional dancer, which he got to show off in the 2007 rendition of ''{{Hairspray}}'', as well as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEyY6LEUWUw the aforementioned Fatboy Slim video]], which consists solely of him dancing in an empty hotel.

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'''Notable for:'''

* ''TheAndersonTapes'': His film debut.
* ''AnnieHall'' - Duane.
* ''Film/TheDeerHunter''
* ''TheDogsOfWar'' - Cat Shannon
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons
* ''PenniesFromHeaven'' - Tom the pimp
* ''TheDeadZone'' - Johnny Smith
* ''{{Brainstorm}}'' - Michael Brace
* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' - Max Zorin
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - Max Shreck
* ''Film/TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti
* ''Film/LastManStanding'' - Hickey
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' - Caesar the Exterminator
* ''Film/TheRundown'' - Hatcher
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' - Frank William Abagnale Sr.
* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur Turnblad
* ''{{Ripper}}'' - Vince Magnotta
* ''JoeDirt'' - Clem
* ''Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'' -
* ''ScotlandPA'' - Lt. [=McDuff=]
* ''SuicideKings'' - Charlie Barrett
* ''KingOfNewYork'' - Frank White
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' - ArchangelGabriel
* ''BallsOfFury'' - Feng
* FatboySlim's "Weapon of Choice" video.
* ''RomanceAndCigarettes'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH5zmAtLks A brief cameo]].
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Paul Rayburn
* ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' - Hans

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[MemeticMutation I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!]]]]-]

->''"I make films that no one sees. I've made films that I myself have not seen."''

Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''Film/TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.

Walken appeared as the ArchangelGabriel in the first three ''[[Film/TheProphecy Prophecy]]'' movies, as well as his frequent guest-host appearances on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (seven in all, though six of them [the ones from 1990 to 2003] have his recurring sketch "The Continental" and all six of them have monologues in which Walken sings and dances; the one from the WritersStrike-shortened 33rd season has neither of these), his most notable being ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' Bruce Dickinson in the "[[MemeticMutation More Cowbell]]" sketch and The Continental ([[WeirdAlEffect based on an actual TV character from an obscure 1950s show; but most people wouldn't know that]]). In the United States, films featuring Walken have grossed over $1.8 billion. He has also played the main role in the Shakespeare plays ''Hamlet'', ''Macbeth'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and even ''Coriolanus''. Famous film roles were Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in ''The Deer Hunter'' (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and in ''Film/PulpFiction'', as Captain Koons, a Vietnam War veteran, which has since become a pop culture icon. In fact, his prolific film appearances relate to his own policy of ''never'' turning down film roles unless he's too busy, finding that each and every role is a learning experience.

His distinctive style of speaking, including random pauses, wild enunciation and a tendency to change voice pitch at random, have made clips from his movies subject to a great deal of MemeticMutation, and he's probably the third most-imitated actor out there, after [[SeanConnery Connery]] and [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnold]]. He doesn't actually sound much like most of his impersonators. You're still... imagining!... this article...in his...''illustrious'' voice!

As pointed out by the top quote, ChristopherWalken doesn't cherrypick with the roles he takes. [[DoingItForTheArt He just plain loves making movies]].

A former professional dancer, which he got to show off in the 2007 rendition of ''{{Hairspray}}'', as well as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEyY6LEUWUw the aforementioned Fatboy Slim video]], which consists solely of him dancing in an empty hotel.

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'''Notable for:'''

* ''TheAndersonTapes'': His film debut.
* ''AnnieHall'' - Duane.
* ''Film/TheDeerHunter''
* ''TheDogsOfWar'' - Cat Shannon
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons
* ''PenniesFromHeaven'' - Tom the pimp
* ''TheDeadZone'' - Johnny Smith
* ''{{Brainstorm}}'' - Michael Brace
* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' - Max Zorin
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - Max Shreck
* ''Film/TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti
* ''Film/LastManStanding'' - Hickey
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' - Caesar the Exterminator
* ''Film/TheRundown'' - Hatcher
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' - Frank William Abagnale Sr.
* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur Turnblad
* ''{{Ripper}}'' - Vince Magnotta
* ''JoeDirt'' - Clem
* ''Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'' -
* ''ScotlandPA'' - Lt. [=McDuff=]
* ''SuicideKings'' - Charlie Barrett
* ''KingOfNewYork'' - Frank White
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' - ArchangelGabriel
* ''BallsOfFury'' - Feng
* FatboySlim's "Weapon of Choice" video.
* ''RomanceAndCigarettes'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH5zmAtLks A brief cameo]].
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Paul Rayburn
* ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' - Hans

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17th Feb '13 4:01:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Rayburn

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* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Paul Rayburn
30th Dec '12 11:39:41 AM MarkLungo
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5th Dec '12 9:13:36 AM nombretomado
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Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.

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Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''TheDeerHunter'', ''Film/TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.



* ''TheDeerHunter''

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* ''TheDeerHunter'' ''Film/TheDeerHunter''
4th Dec '12 11:58:32 AM nombretomado
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Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.

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Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an AcademyAward winning American actor of stage and screen, in a career spanning more than 50 years. A prolific actor, he has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, notably including ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''At Close Range'', ''TheDeerHunter'', DavidCronenberg's ''TheDeadZone'', ''KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''TrueRomance'', ''CatchMeIfYouCan'' ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.



* ''CatchMeIfYouCan'' - Frank William Abagnale Sr.

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* ''CatchMeIfYouCan'' ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' - Frank William Abagnale Sr.
4th Dec '12 7:53:43 AM erforce
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* ''PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons

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* ''PulpFiction'' ''Film/PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons



* ''TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti

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* ''TrueRomance'' ''Film/TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti



* ''SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman

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* ''SleepyHollow'' ''Film/SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman



* ''TheRundown'' - Hatcher

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* ''TheRundown'' ''Film/TheRundown'' - Hatcher
27th Nov '12 9:07:15 AM ManCalledTrue
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* ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' - Hans
22nd Nov '12 6:43:29 AM Vox
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The Rule of Walken: [[MoreDakka It needs more cowbell. No exceptions.]]

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The Rule of Walken: [[MoreDakka It needs more cowbell. No exceptions.]]
[[CannibalTheMusical Cowbell]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsDLR7pK3bs solo!]]
13th Oct '12 9:15:51 PM IchigoMontoya
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Walken appeared as the ArchangelGabriel in the first three ''[[Film/TheProphecy Prophecy]]'' movies, as well as his frequent guest-host appearances on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (seven in all, though six of them [the ones from 1990 to 2003] have his recurring sketch "The Continental" and all six of them have monologues in which Walken sings and dances; the one from the WritersStrike-shortened 33rd season has neither of these), his most notable being ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' Bruce Dickinson in the ''[[MemeticMutation "More Cowbell"]]'' sketch and CasanovaWannabe The Continental ([[WeirdAlEffect based on an actual TV character from an obscure 1950s show; but most people wouldn't know that]]). In the United States, films featuring Walken have grossed over $1.8 billion. He has also played the main role in the Shakespeare plays ''Hamlet'', ''Macbeth'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and even ''Coriolanus''. Famous film roles were Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in ''The Deer Hunter'' (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and in ''Film/PulpFiction'', as Captain Koons, a Vietnam War veteran, which has since become a pop culture icon, [[OneSceneWonder despite his appearance being less than five minutes in length]] (many of his roles probably count for being "best thing in the movie"). In fact, his prolific film appearances relate to his own policy of ''never'' turning down film roles unless he's too busy, finding that each and every role is a learning experience. One can only wonder what he learned from ''{{Gigli}}''...

His distinctive style of speaking, including random pauses, wild enunciation and a tendency to change voice pitch at random, have made clips from his movies subject to a great deal of MemeticMutation, and he's probably the third most-imitated actor out there, after [[SeanConnery Connery]] and [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnold]]. ("Diz gai... is un-FUCKING-believable!") He doesn't actually sound much like most of his impersonators. You're still...imagining!...this article...in his...''illustrious'' voice! [[hottip:*:Good News...Everyone! I just...''fucked'' you up!...badly!]]

As pointed out by the top quote, ChristopherWalken doesn't cherrypick with the roles he takes. [[DoingItForTheArt He just plain loves making movies.]]

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Walken appeared as the ArchangelGabriel in the first three ''[[Film/TheProphecy Prophecy]]'' movies, as well as his frequent guest-host appearances on ''SaturdayNightLive'' (seven in all, though six of them [the ones from 1990 to 2003] have his recurring sketch "The Continental" and all six of them have monologues in which Walken sings and dances; the one from the WritersStrike-shortened 33rd season has neither of these), his most notable being ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' Bruce Dickinson in the ''[[MemeticMutation "More Cowbell"]]'' "[[MemeticMutation More Cowbell]]" sketch and CasanovaWannabe The Continental ([[WeirdAlEffect based on an actual TV character from an obscure 1950s show; but most people wouldn't know that]]). In the United States, films featuring Walken have grossed over $1.8 billion. He has also played the main role in the Shakespeare plays ''Hamlet'', ''Macbeth'', ''Romeo and Juliet'', and even ''Coriolanus''. Famous film roles were Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich in ''The Deer Hunter'' (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and in ''Film/PulpFiction'', as Captain Koons, a Vietnam War veteran, which has since become a pop culture icon, [[OneSceneWonder despite his appearance being less than five minutes in length]] (many of his roles probably count for being "best thing in the movie").icon. In fact, his prolific film appearances relate to his own policy of ''never'' turning down film roles unless he's too busy, finding that each and every role is a learning experience. One can only wonder what he learned from ''{{Gigli}}''...\n\n

His distinctive style of speaking, including random pauses, wild enunciation and a tendency to change voice pitch at random, have made clips from his movies subject to a great deal of MemeticMutation, and he's probably the third most-imitated actor out there, after [[SeanConnery Connery]] and [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnold]]. ("Diz gai... is un-FUCKING-believable!") He doesn't actually sound much like most of his impersonators. You're still...imagining!... imagining!... this article...in his...''illustrious'' voice! [[hottip:*:Good News...Everyone! I just...''fucked'' you up!...badly!]]

voice!

As pointed out by the top quote, ChristopherWalken doesn't cherrypick with the roles he takes. [[DoingItForTheArt He just plain loves making movies.]]
movies]].



* ''TheAndersonTapes'', his film debut. He gets an "Introducing..." in the credits playing "The Kid"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xuDmxYJ1AM ("America, man! It's so beautiful I want to eat it!")]]
* ''AnnieHall'' - Annie's little brother Duane. In context, a wordless shot of him driving Alvy Singer home is one of the funniest things in the movie.
* ''TheDeerHunter'' when he was still [[{{Bishonen}} young and handsome]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/akdobbins/young-christopher-walken]]

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* ''TheAndersonTapes'', his ''TheAndersonTapes'': His film debut. He gets an "Introducing..." in the credits playing "The Kid"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xuDmxYJ1AM ("America, man! It's so beautiful I want to eat it!")]]
debut.
* ''AnnieHall'' - Annie's little brother Duane. In context, a wordless shot of him driving Alvy Singer home is one of the funniest things in the movie.
Duane.
* ''TheDeerHunter'' when he was still [[{{Bishonen}} young and handsome]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/akdobbins/young-christopher-walken]]



* ''PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons ("I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years.")
* ''PenniesFromHeaven'' - Tom the pimp (lip-synchs "Let's Misbehave" while tap-dancing a strip-tease)
* ''TheDeadZone'' - Johnny Smith ("Do you want to kill your own son? THE ICE! IS GONNA BREAK!")

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* ''PulpFiction'' - Captain Koons ("I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years.")
Koons
* ''PenniesFromHeaven'' - Tom the pimp (lip-synchs "Let's Misbehave" while tap-dancing a strip-tease)
pimp
* ''TheDeadZone'' - Johnny Smith ("Do you want to kill your own son? THE ICE! IS GONNA BREAK!")



* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' - [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter Max]] [[AxCrazy Zorin]]
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - Max Shreck ("Bruce... Shame on you.")
* ''TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti ("I haven't killed anybody...since 1984...")

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* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' - [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter Max]] [[AxCrazy Zorin]]
Max Zorin
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - Max Shreck ("Bruce... Shame on you.")
Shreck
* ''TrueRomance'' - Vincenzo Coccotti ("I haven't killed anybody...since 1984...")



* ''SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman (He doesn't have any lines besides yelling HAAAAAAAAAH! Not a complaint.)
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' - Caesar the Exterminator ("Got mice?")
* ''TheRundown'' - Hatcher ("Do you understand...the CONCEPT!...of the Tooth Fairy?")

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* ''SleepyHollow'' - Headless Horseman (He doesn't have any lines besides yelling HAAAAAAAAAH! Not a complaint.)
Horseman
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' - Caesar the Exterminator ("Got mice?")
Exterminator
* ''TheRundown'' - Hatcher ("Do you understand...the CONCEPT!...of the Tooth Fairy?")



* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur Turnblad (singing and dancing with JohnTravolta in drag, no less)
* ''{{Ripper}}'' - Vince Magnotta ("This guy is un-fucking-believable")
* ''JoeDirt'' - Clem, the AlmightyJanitor who threatens KidRock with a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome soldering iron]]
* ''Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'' - "One minute you're huggin' trees. The next, you're chuggin' cock."

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* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur Turnblad (singing and dancing with JohnTravolta in drag, no less)
Turnblad
* ''{{Ripper}}'' - Vince Magnotta ("This guy is un-fucking-believable")
Magnotta
* ''JoeDirt'' - Clem, the AlmightyJanitor who threatens KidRock with a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome soldering iron]]
Clem
* ''Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'' - "One minute you're huggin' trees. The next, you're chuggin' cock."



* ''Film/TheProphecy'' films, 1-3 - ArchangelGabriel on all sides of the WarInHeaven.
* ''America's Sweethearts'' - he played a brilliant yet eccentric director ("He uses the Unabomber's shack as his office!")

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* ''Film/TheProphecy'' films, 1-3 - ArchangelGabriel on all sides of the WarInHeaven.
* ''America's Sweethearts'' - he played a brilliant yet eccentric director ("He uses the Unabomber's shack as his office!")



* Being the ''OneSceneWonder'' king of kings : Example in ''RomanceAndCigarettes'' . He turns up, sings "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH5zmAtLks Delilah]]," sings "Red Headed Woman," fucks off again, and the best part of the movie is over.
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Rayburn. ("A man can be an artist... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece.")

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* Being the ''OneSceneWonder'' king of kings : Example in ''RomanceAndCigarettes'' . He turns up, sings "[[http://www.''RomanceAndCigarettes'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH5zmAtLks Delilah]]," sings "Red Headed Woman," fucks off again, and the best part of the movie is over.
A brief cameo]].
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' - Rayburn. ("A man can be an artist... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece.")
Rayburn
7th Oct '12 2:33:04 PM whoot
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* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur Turnblad

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* ''{{Hairspray}}'' - Wilbur TurnbladTurnblad (singing and dancing with JohnTravolta in drag, no less)
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