Christopher Walken (born 31.3.1943)
Christopher Walken is an American screen and stage actor with a lengthy and impressive filmography to his name, including The Deer Hunter and Annie Hall.
Childhood: Christopher Walken was born to Rosalie and Paul Walken, in New York. His mother was Scottish and his father German and he was raised as a Methodist.
Christopher was a child actor, as were his brothers Kenneth and Glenn. He began his studies at Long Island's Hofstra University but did not complete them. He wet on to train as a dancer, studying musical theatre at the Washington Dance Studio.
Career: After appearing in a number of comedy shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and working as a narrator on The Wonderful John Acton. Walken's TV appearances in this era were numerous and he had many stage roles, as well. Up until 1964, he performed under his given name, Ronnie Walken before changing it to Christopher. In 1969, he also made a guest appearance in Hawaii Five-O.
Walken's film debut came in 1971, with a minor role alongside Sean Connery in The Anderson Tapes. The following year, Walken appeared in The Happiness Cage, which marked his first starring role. A turning point for him came with his performance in Woody Allen's classic, Annie Hall. In the film, he featured alongside Diane Keaton, Paul Simon and Shelley Duvall. George Lucas considered him for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, but the role eventually went to Harrison Ford.
In 1978, Christopher Walken starred in The Deer Hunter and was awarded with an Oscar, for his performance in support to Robert De Niro's lead role. The movie also won Best Picture. Following his award, Walken's first film of the 1980s was Heaven's Gate, in which he starred alongside Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Sam Wollaston and John Hurt. The film was controversial for the allegations of animal rights abuse made against its makers and it is considered one of the biggest box office flops of its time. Walken went on to star in 1981's The Dogs of War, directed by John Irvin.
In Herbert Ross' Pennies From Heaven, he confounded critics by showing off his dance skills, in a tap-dancing striptease. This was followed by a role in David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Dead Zone.
1985 saw Christopher Walken transform into a Bond villain, Max Zorin, in A View to a Kill. His character was killed off in a memorable scene, in which he fell from the Golden Gate Bridge, in a fight with Roger Moore's Bond.
In the 1990s, Christopher Walken made a number of low-key appearances in art-house films, such as Paul Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers. The film is said to have disturbed Walken himself, as much as its viewers, for its extreme sexual content. In Abel Ferrara's King of New York, Walken played a ruthless drug dealer, Frank White. The movie also starred Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes.
Christopher Walken also made a number of appearances in some of the most significant films of the decade, such as Batman Returns (with Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer), True Romance (with Dennis Hopper and Christian Slater) and Pulp Fiction (with John Travolta and Uma Thurman). And, in a diversion from his acting career, he also appeared in Madonna's controversial book, entitled SEX.
In 1996, Christopher Walken played the role of a sadistic gangster in Last Man Standing, alongside Bruce Willis. Three years later, he was the headless horseman in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, which starred Christina Ricci and Johnny Depp.
One of Walken's more notorious moments of this era was his tap-dancing appearance in the music video for Fatboy Slim's 'Weapon of Choice.' He also appeared in the video for 'Bad Girl' by Madonna and 'Breakin' Down' for Skid Row.
Another Academy Award nomination came for Walken for his performance as Frank Abagnale Sr. in Catch Me If You Can, with the junior role played by Leonardo DiCaprio. This was countered, though not significantly, by a Worst Supporting Actor nomination at the Razzies, for his role in The Rundown, with Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. In the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray, he featured alongside John Travolta and was seen in a romantic duet with his former Pulp Fiction co-star.
In addition to his film work, Walken has also hosted Saturday Night Live on a number of occasions.
Personal Life: Christopher Walken married his wife Georgianne in 1969. She works as a casting director and cast The Sopranos, amongst other films and TV shows.
Still stuck with a fairly ridiculous mullet, Joe Dirt returns after an unsuccessful attempt at reconnecting with his parents, who abandoned him as a child by the Grand Canyon. He seems to be in a better place now, living in a trailer with his new wife Brandy and their three triplet daughters, but things are about to be turned upside down yet again when a terrifying twister hits Silvertown. In Wizard Of Oz style, he finds himself suddenly transported into unfamiliar territory, which he soon discovers is the mid-sixties. Desperate to be re-united with his family, he sets out on a long journey hitting many obstacles along the way; from an angry group of bikers to his present day gangster friend, who was apparently less than interested in being buddies in his younger years. But that's not the biggest threat to him; if he's not careful, he could prevent his future's domestic bliss from ever occurring.
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The cast of music drama 'When I Live My Life Over Again' were snapped on the red carpet at the film's screening at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Christopher Walken - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for a screening of 'When I Live My Life Over Again' in New York, United States - Sunday 19th April 2015
The seasonal special attracted over 9.1 million viewers, one of the highest-rated non-sports Thursday in years, but not everybody was satisfied.
The verdict is in following NBC’s seasonal special telecast ‘Peter Pan Live!’, and reactions were generally mixed. The show went out on Thursday (December 4th), and starred 'Girls' frontwoman Allison Williams as Peter Pan and film legend Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
'Girls' star Allison Williams played Peter Pan in NBC's live telecast on Thursday
Williams had already warned viewers beforehand to suspend their disbelief and to try not to watch it through cynical eyes, telling Entertainment Weekly that "if you do, you’re going to hate it, no question. It falls apart instantly.” NBC encouraged live reaction on social media platforms with the hashtag #PeterPanLive, and a quick search for it will demonstrate the extent of popular opinion.
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The British actress joins a cast list that already includes 'Girls' star Allison Williams and legend Christopher Walken.
Minnie Driver has announced that she’s signed up for ‘Peter Pan Live’. The 44 year old actress will be the narrator of the piece and also star as the adult Wendy Darling on the live TV event, which is due to air on NBC on December 4th at 8pm ET.
Minnie Driver will play the narrative voice of adult Wendy Darling in 'Peter Pan Live' in December
Giving more detail in reaction to the casting, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt stated: "We're thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure. She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own, but you'll also hear her voice throughout the movie since Adult Wendy is also our narrator. She's a classy addition to our wonderful cast."
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If your parents have ever pulled out the embarrassing baby pictures, at least they didn't do it on live TV.
NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams, following the announcement that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook. The news was first announced on NBC Nightly News by Brian Williams, who took the opportunity to cite some of Williams’ acting credits like her role on Girls and the big one – that time she wore a Peter Pan costume at age 3.
Allison Williams has wanted this role all her life, apparently.
Turns out, the last name isn’t just coincidental and Brian Williams is Allison’s father. Everyone has an embarrassing parents story, but this is taking it a step too far.
The 26-year-old actress will star in forthcoming NBC Christmas special 'Peter Pan Live'
TV actress Allison Williams has been confirmed to play the role of Peter Pan in NBC’s Christmas special ‘Peter Pan Live’.
Allison Williams, star of HBO's 'Girls', will play Peter Pan in December
The star of HBO comedy ‘Girls’ will play the boy who never grows up opposite Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, who was confirmed in his role a couple of weeks ago. Williams reacted to the news in a statement saying “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true.”
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The upcoming remake just keeps on looking better…
Jon Favreau’s live action remake of Disney’s The Jungle Book might just have one of the most impressive cast lists we’ve ever seen! Filled with award winning talent such as diverse as veteran, Christopher Walken and rising star Lupita Nyong’o, as the film begins to take shape we just can’t help getting more and more excited. Here’s the list of famous names who have joined the cast so far, each of who will be giving a new voice to Kipling’s much loved characters.
Christopher Walken has joined the cast of The Jungle Book
This December ‘Peter Pan’ will be flying on to NBC but who’s onboard for the musical so far?
Following on from last December’s ‘The Sound of Music Live!’, NBC have announced that their next musical offering will be a performance of 'Peter Pan'. The classic tale by JM Barrie has had many re-imaginings over the years (and there’s still two more to come), but this one sounds like it could be one of the most interesting. Why? Because it will contain Christopher Walken as a tap-dancing Captain Hook.
Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook
Yes Christopher Walken is the first cast member confirmed for the 'Peter Pan' musical and he’ll be taking on the role of Captain Hook. Considering Walken’s aptitude for playing villains and his musical skills, a turn as a song and dance pirate sounds a perfect fit for the Oscar winner. As NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt remarked, "He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. ... This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen!”
Some casting director made a genius decision with Walken, but there are still a lot of roles to be filled.
The big news from Hollywood this weekend is that Christopher Walken has signed on to play Captain Hook in NBC’s live adaptation of Peter Pan. The production will follow up on the moderate success of NBC’s first attempt at a live musical adaptation with The Sound of Music. The adaptation, which aired in December and starred Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, earned moderate reviews and great ratings for NBC.
Meet your new Captain Hook - Christopher Walken.
Walken is the first name announced on the Peter Pan cast and his involvement raises the bar for the rest of the cast and the production overall. After the announcement was made, he came out with the following: "I started my career in musicals and it's wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with (producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after [2007 film adaptation of] Hairspray.
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The 71 year-old Oscar winner is the first big name to be cast in the upcoming NBC live stage production, and he can't to put on his "tap shoes again."
Christopher Walken is headed to the stage!
The veteran actor has been cast as the villainous Hook in NBS's upcoming production of 'Peter Pan Live!'
Walken, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1978, is the first big name to be cast in the live stage production.
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This time NBC means business.
Christopher Walken? Captain Hook? That is an inspired casting choice, if ever there was one. The beloved actor will play a rather unsavoury character in NBC’s upcoming adaptation of Peter Pan, the network announced this Friday. It’s a great idea, especially since Walken definitely knows a thing or two about live musical performances. Oh, did we mention that this version of Peter Pan will be live? Apparently the network considered their The Sound of Music Live experiment enough of a success to make it a regular thing.
Say hello to NBC's newly cast Captain Hook
"He's one of the most unique actors in our business….and he might really just be a song and dance man at heart," NBC president Bob Greenblatt told E! today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. "He's fearless as a comedic actor and we guarantee he will bring his own take to Captain Hook. This might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook."
Music-lover Clint Eastwood adapts the long-running stage musical for the big screen with mixed results: it recounts a terrific true story but has an uneven pace. It also fails to put the events into any kind of context in the period, which leaves the achievements of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons feeling isolated from the rest of the music industry of the time. So it's difficult to engage in much of what happens.
In 1951 Newark, Frankie (John Lloyd Young) works as a barber's assistant, hangs out with a mafioso (Christopher Walken) and sings in a band with his pals Tommy and Nick (Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda), troublemakers up to all kinds of scams. But it's when they added songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) to the band that things begin to take off. Working with ace producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), they release three No 1 singles in a row: Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry and Walk Like a Man. And their fame grows from there. But Tommy's money problems eat away at the band's unity, and Nick begins to think that he's had enough.
Oddly, there the story of the Four Seasons feels dragged out to sustain a two-hour 15-minute film. The narrative is fractured and episodic, with long stretches in which nothing happens that hasn't been portrayed in every other musician biopic. Eastwood directs the film like a serious period epic, draining much of the colour from the screen while concentrating on shades of grey and brown. But the real problem is the script, which never manages to build up any momentum. Big events pale in interest next to the fantastic music, while a confusing flashback jumbles the timeline unnecessarily. And occasional scenes are narrated by the actors straight to camera, which is extremely distracting on a film screen, especially when Nick stops singing and starts chatting to us in the middle of the band's iconic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the hit Broadway show probably won't be called for an encore.
On the eve of the premiere of Clint Eastwood's movie adaptation of the Broadway hot musical, Jersey Boys, we thought we'd do a little snooping around to see what critics are saying and whether we should be adjusting our diaries this weekend to make way for a trip to the cinema.
Starring Christopher Walken, Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza, Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell and Jersey Boys stage star, actress Erica Piccininni, the movie tells the story of four young men who came together to form popular sixties rock group The Four Seasons. Eastwood frames one of the most adored band of the '60s with their early career struggles and gritty dealings with mobsters.
Describing the movie as a "likable and not overly romanticized portrait of the Four Seasons," SF Gate's Mick LaSalle praises the movie's songs, saying "Even if you have never particularly liked these songs, you will like them here [...] There's something about witnessing the birth of a sound - specifically "Sherry," their breakthrough - that makes that sound more beautiful."
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Date of birth
31st March, 1943