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->''"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'', Creator/DavidCronenberg's ''Film/TheDeadZone'', ''Film/KingOfNewYork'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''Film/TrueRomance'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' and ''Film/PulpFiction'', as well as music videos by recording artists such as Music/{{Madonna}} and Music/FatboySlim.

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, [[OneSceneWonder 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, Christopher Walken 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 1981 film version of ''PenniesFromHeaven'' (where he played a dancing pimp), his opening monologue from one of his hosting stints on ''SaturdayNightLive'', 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:

* ''Film/TheAndersonTapes'' (1971): His film debut.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'' (1977) - Duane.
* ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' (1978) - Nick Chevotarevich (this is where he won the Oscar)
* ''Film/TheDeadZone'' (1979) - Johnny Smith
* ''TheDogsOfWar'' (1980) - Cat Shannon
* ''PenniesFromHeaven'' (1981) - Tom the Dancing Pimp
* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'' (1983) - Michael Brace
* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' (1985) - Max Zorin
* ''Film/BiloxiBlues'' (1988) - Sgt. Melvin J. Toomey
* ''Film/KingOfNewYork'' (1990) - Frank White
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' (1992) - Max Shreck
* ''Film/TrueRomance'' (1993) - Vincenzo Coccotti
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' (1994) - Captain Koons
* ''Film/TheProphecy'' (1995) - ArchangelGabriel
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' (1995) - The Man With The Plan
* ''Film/LastManStanding'' (1996) - Hickey
* ''VideoGame/{{Ripper}}'' (1996) - Detective Vincent Magnotta
* ''Film/MouseHunt'' (1997) - Caesar the Exterminator
* ''Film/SuicideKings'' (1997) - Charlie Barrett
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' (1999) - Headless Horseman
* Music/FatboySlim's "Weapon of Choice" video (2001)
* ''Film/JoeDirt'' (2001) - Clem
* ''Film/ScotlandPA'' (2001) - Lt. [=McDuff=]
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002) - Frank William Abagnale Sr.
* ''Film/TheRundown'' (2003) - Hatcher
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' (2004) - Paul Rayburn
* ''Film/RomanceAndCigarettes'' (2004) - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEH5zmAtLks A brief cameo]].
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' (2005) - William Cleary
* ''Film/{{Click}}'' (2006) - Morty
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' (2007) - Wilbur Turnblad
* ''Film/BallsOfFury'' (2007) - Feng
* ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' (2012) - Hans

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