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Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
Birth name: Ronald Walken
Aliases: Chris Walken; Ronnie Walken
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Actor
Date of birth: March 31st, 1943
Place of birth: Queens, New York City, New York
1st Horror: The Sentinel (1977)

Christopher Walken is an Academy Award winning American film actor born Ronald Walken in Queens, New York City, New York on March 31st, 1943. He is best known for several distinguishing trademarks, such as his clipped, highly accented speech patterns, a talent for dancing and a propensity for playing mentally unbalanced, antagonistic characters.

Career Edit

"I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own."
Chris Walken
Gabriel (Prophecy)

Christopher Walken as Gabriel in The Prophecy.

Christopher's work in the horror genre began when he played Detective Rizzo in the 1977 Michael Winner psycho-thriller The Sentinel. His first leading role in a film came in 1983 when he played psychic Johnny Smith in David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Dead Zone.

1995 proved to be an important year for Walken's contributions to the horror genre. That year, he played a master vampire named Peina in the black and white indie film The Addiction, directed by Abel Ferrara. That year also saw Walken partake in his first franchise role as he dubbed the black wings of the archangel Gabriel in The Prophecy. He would reprise the role for the 1998 sequel The Prophecy II and in 2000 for The Prophecy III: The Ascent.

In 1999, Christopher Walken played the role of the Headless Horseman in Tim Burton's adaptation of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" called Sleepy Hollow. Though Walken played the headed horseman in those scenes, the headless scenes were actually performed by stuntman Ray Park.

Body of work Edit

Film Edit

Film Year Role
The Sentinel 1977 Detective Rizzo
The Dead Zone 1983 Johnny Smith
The Addiction 1995 Peina
The Prophecy 1995 Gabriel
The Prophecy II 1998 Gabriel
Sleepy Hollow 1999 The Headless Horseman
The Prophecy III: The Ascent 2000 Gabriel

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Christopher Walken has heterochromia, which is a condition in which the invidual possesses two different colored eyes. One of his eyes is blue, the other is hazel.
  • Performed a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" on the "Closed on Account of Rabies" CD.
  • In the 1977 Woody Allen comedy Annie Hall, Christopher Walken's last name is mis-spelled Wlaken.

Other works Edit

  • Sadly, Christopher Walken has also appeared in films such as The Country Bears, Kangaroo Jack and Gigli. We'll forgive him though since he's so frickin' awesome.

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