Christopher Walken filmography

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken [1] (/ˈwɔːkən/ WAWK-ən; born March 31, 1943) is an American actor in both theater and film. Walken is a prolific actor who has had a career which has lasted over 50 years.[2] He has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, including A View to a Kill, At Close Range, The Deer Hunter, King of New York, Batman Returns, Pulp Fiction, Sleepy Hollow, True Romance and Catch Me If You Can as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna and Fatboy Slim.

Walken's early career began primarily in theatre and television, where he often played small roles with limited appearances. During these early stages of his career, Walken was credited as "Ken Walken" and later as "Ronnie Walken", until finally settling on "Christopher Walken". Walken began acting in films by 1969, and after a series of increasingly larger roles, won an Academy Award in 1978 as Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Deer Hunter. Since then, Walken has become a highly sought-after actor, typically performing in numerous films every year.

Walken has been a primary character in two film franchises: as Gabriel the fallen angel in The Prophecy series, and as Jacob Witting in the made-for-television films based on Patricia MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall novels. Other notable roles include Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone, Captain Koons in Pulp Fiction, and Frank Abagnale Sr. in Catch Me if You Can. He is also co-producer of his film New Rose Hotel and also sing songs in some of his film including Puss in Boots and Hairspray, he also tries to work a jig (dance) into his movies. Christopher Walken also stars in some TV series and theater plays. Walken produced, wrote and directed a short film named Popcorn Shrimp, he also starred in another short film named Engine Trouble in 2002. Some of his films are unreleased like Jungle Juice (2001).


Following his early (1950s) work in television and theatre, Walken has primarily acted in films. This list includes credits in studio films, independent films, animated films, and made-for-television movies. The list includes the 2001 short five minute film Popcorn Shrimp, which Walken wrote, produced, and directed. [3]

Year Title Role Director
1966 Barefoot in Athens Lamprocles George Schaefer
1969 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers John Felton
1969 Me and My Brother The Director Robert Frank
1971 Anderson Tapes, TheThe Anderson Tapes The Kid Sidney Lumet
1972 Happiness Cage, TheThe Happiness Cage Pvt. James H. Reese Bernard Girard
1975 Valley Forge The Hessian Fielder Cook
1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village Robert Paul Mazursky
1977 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Det. Rizzo Michael Winner
1977 Annie Hall Duane Hall Woody Allen
1977 Roseland Russel (The Hustle) James Ivory
1978 Shoot the Sun Down Mr. Rainbow David Leeds
1978 Deer Hunter, TheThe Deer Hunter Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich Michael Cimino
1979 Last Embrace Eckart Jonathan Demme
1980 Heaven's Gate Nathan D. Champion Michael Cimino
1981 Dogs of War, TheThe Dogs of War James "Jamie" Shannon John Irvin
1981 Pennies from Heaven Tom Herbert Ross
1983 Who Am I This Time? Harry Nash Jonathan Demme
1983 Brainstorm Dr. Michael Anthony Brace Douglas Trumbull
1983 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Johnny Smith David Cronenberg
1985 View to a Kill, AA View to a Kill Max Zorin John Glen
1986 At Close Range Brad Whitewood Sr. James Foley
1987 Deadline Don Stevens Nathaniel Gutman
1988 Milagro Beanfield War, TheThe Milagro Beanfield War Kyril Montana Robert Redford
1988 Biloxi Blues Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey Mike Nichols
1988 Puss in Boots Puss Eugene Marner
1988 Homeboy Wesley Pendergass Michael Seresin
1989 Communion Louis Whitley Strieber Philippe Mora
1990 King of New York Frank White Abel Ferrara
1990 Comfort of Strangers, TheThe Comfort of Strangers Robert Paul Schrader
1991 Sarah, Plain and Tall Jacob Witting Glenn Jordan
1991 McBain Bobby McBain James Glickenhaus
1992 Mistress Warren Zell Barry Primus
1992 Batman Returns Max Shreck Tim Burton
1992 Day of Atonement Pasco Meisner Alexandre Arcady
1992 All-American Murder P.J. Decker Anson Williams
1993 Scam Jack Shanks John Flynn
1993 Skylark Jacob Witting Glenn Jordan
1993 True Romance Vincenzo Coccotti Tony Scott
1993 Wayne's World 2 Robert C. "Bobby" Cahn Stephen Surjik
1994 Business Affair, AA Business Affair Vanni Corso Charlotte Brandstrom
1994 Pulp Fiction Captain Koons Quentin Tarantino
1995 Nick of Time Mr. Smith John Badham
1995 Prophecy, TheThe Prophecy Gabriel Gregory Widen
1995 Addiction, TheThe Addiction Peina Abel Ferrara
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead The Man with the Plan Gary Fleder
1995 Search and Destroy Kim Ulander David Salle
1995 Wild Side Bruno Buckingham Donald Cammell
1996 Last Man Standing Hickey Walter Hill
1996 Celluloide US Officer Rod Geiger Carlo Lizzani
1996 Basquiat The Interviewer Julian Schnabel
1996 Funeral, TheThe Funeral Raimundo Tempio Abel Ferrara
1997 Excess Baggage Raymond "Ray" Perkins Marco Brambilla
1997 Suicide Kings Carlo Bartolucci/Charlie Barret Peter O'Fallon
1997 MouseHunt Caeser, the Exterminator Gore Verbinski
1997 Touch Bill Hill Paul Schrader
1998 Prophecy II, TheThe Prophecy II Gabriel Greg Spence
1998 Illuminata Umberto Bevalaqua John Turturro
1998 New Rose Hotel Fox Abel Ferrara
1998 Trance Uncle Bill Ferriter Michael Almereyda
1998 Antz Col. Cutter (voice) Eric Darnell
1999 Sleepy Hollow The Hessian Tim Burton
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Max Lyndon Chubbuck
1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Jacob Witting Glenn Jordan
1999 Vendetta James Houston Nicholas Meyer
1999 Blast from the Past Calvin Webber Hugh Wilson
2000 Prophecy 3: The Ascent, TheThe Prophecy 3: The Ascent Gabriel Patrick Lussier
2000 Opportunists, TheThe Opportunists Victor "Vic" Kelly Myles Connell
2001 Joe Dirt Anthony Benedetti/Clem Doore/Gert B. Frobe Dennie Gordon
2001 Affair of the Necklace, TheThe Affair of the Necklace Alessandro Cagliostro Charles Shyer
2001 America's Sweethearts Hal Weidmann Joe Roth
2001 Scotland, Pa. Lieutenant McDuff Billy Morrissette
2001 Popcorn Shrimp Writer, director Christopher Walken
2001 Jungle Juice Roy Tony Vitale
2001 Country Bears, TheThe Country Bears Reed Thimple Peter Hastings
2002 Catch Me If You Can Frank William Abagnale Sr. Steven Spielberg
2002 Undertaking Betty Frank Featherbed Nick Hurran
2002 Engine Trouble Rusty (voice) Brad Barnes
2002 Poolhall Junkies Uncle Mike Flynn Mars Callahan
2002 Julius Caesar Cato the Younger Uli Edel
2003 Kangaroo Jack Salvatore "Sal" Maggio David McNally
2003 Rundown, TheThe Rundown Cornelius Hatcher Peter Berg
2003 Gigli Det. Stanley Jacobellis Martin Brest
2004 Envy J-Man Barry Levinson
2004 Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives Mike Wellington Frank Oz
2004 Around the Bend Turner Lair Jordan Roberts
2004 Man on Fire Paul Rayburn Tony Scott
2005 Wedding Crashers William Cleary David Dobkin
2005 Domino Mark Heiss Tony Scott
2006 Romance and Cigarettes Cousin Bo John Turturro
2006 Click Morty Frank Coraci
2006 Man of the Year Jack Menkan Barry Levinson
2006 Fade to Black Brewster Oliver Parker
2007 Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad Adam Shankman
2007 Balls of Fury Feng Robert Ben Garant
2008 Evil Calls: The Raven Raven (voice) Richard Driscoll
2008 Five Dollars a Day Nat Parker Nigel Cole
2009 Maiden Heist, TheThe Maiden Heist Roger Barlow Peter Hewitt
2010 Life's a Beach Roy Callahan Tony Vitale
2011 Kill the Irishman Shondor Birns Jonathan Hensleigh
2011 Dark Horse Jackie Todd Solondz
2012 Seven Psychopaths Hans Martin McDonagh
2012 A Late Quartet Peter Mitchell Yaron Zilberman
2013 Stand Up Guys Doc Fisher Stevens
2013 The Power of Few Doke Leone Marucci
2013 Gods Behaving Badly Zeus Marc Turtletaub
2014 Jersey Boys Gyp DeCarlo Clint Eastwood
2014 Turks & Caicos Curtis Pelissier David Hare
2014 When I Live My Life Over Again Paul Lombard Robert Edwards
2015 The Family Fang Caleb Fang Jason Bateman
2015 The Jungle Book King Louie (voice) Jon Favreau

Television appearances[edit]

In the beginning of his acting career, Walken had relatively small roles in episodes for a number of television shows. This list includes appearances in various episodes of fictional shows, while excluding appearances as himself on talk shows, interview shows, ceremonies, and the like.

Year Show Role Run
1953 The Wonderful John Acton[III] Kevin Acton Recurring character
1954 The Motorola Television Hour[III] 1 episode
1954 The Guiding Light Michael "Mike" Bauer#1 1954–1956
1963 Naked City[III] Chris Johannis 1 episode
1970 Hawaii Five-O Walt Kramer
1977 Kojak Ben Wiley
2014 Peter Pan Live![4] Captain Hook

^ III Credited as "Ronnie Walken".

Saturday Night Live appearances[edit]

Walken has hosted Saturday Night Live a total of seven times, and is therefore part of the "Five-Timers Club", a select group of celebrities who have hosted the show five or more times. Among Walken's roles on the show are as the title character in "The Continental" and as fictional record producer Bruce Dickinson in "More cowbell". In 2004, The Best of Christopher Walken was released on DVD, featuring highlights from Walken's many appearances on the show.

No. Air date Musical guest
1 January 20, 1990 Bonnie Raitt
2 October 24, 1992 Arrested Development
3 January 13, 1996 Joan Osborne
4 April 8, 2000 Christina Aguilera
5 May 19, 2001 Weezer
6 February 22, 2003 Foo Fighters
7 April 5, 2008 Panic! at the Disco

As himself[edit]

This list includes complete appearances of Christopher Walken as himself in TV shows except Saturday Night Live.

Title Episode
Friday Night, Saturday Morning Episode #3.13 (1980)
Great Performances Celebrating Gershwin: 'S Wonderful (1987)
Late Night with David Letterman Episode dated 12 June 1992
Inside the Actors Studio Episode #2.9 (1995)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Episode dated 13 August 1997
Rotten TV Episode #1.2 (2000)
The Movie Chart Show Episode dated 12 December 2001
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary
Late Show with David Letterman Episode dated 20 June 2005
Today Episode dated 12 July 2005
Sunday Morning Shootout Episode 2.4
Inside the Academy Awards
Getaway Episode #15.21
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Episode dated 5 January 2000
Episode dated 26 July 2000
Episode dated 18 February 2003
Episode dated 3 October 2003
Episode dated 29 September 2004
Episode dated 26 September 2006
Episode dated 16 July 2007
The Daily Show Episode dated 17 July 2007
Episode dated 24 January 2013
Rove Live Rove:New York
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Episode dated 24 July 2007
Episode dated 12 October 2006
Episode dated 28 September 2004
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Episode dated 30 October 2009
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Episode dated 12 December 2011


In addition to acting for film and television, Walken has acted in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions. He has acted more than 100 additional plays including Shakespeare plays.[5] This list includes the most popular of them.

Year Title Role Venue Run
1952 The Climate of Eden[IV] Berton Martin Beck Theatre November 13, 1952 – November 22, 1952
1958 The Visit[IV] Karl Schill Lunt-Fontanne Theatre May 5, 1958 – July 5, 1958
Morosco Theatre August 20, 1958 – November 29, 1958
J.B.[III] David[V] ANTA Playhouse December 11, 1958 – October 24, 1959
1964 High Spirits[III] musical ensemble Alvin Theatre April 7, 1964 – February 27, 1965
1965 Baker Street One of the Killers The Broadway Theatre February 2, 1965 – November 30, 1965
Martin Beck Theatre November 3, 1965 – November 14, 1965
1966 The Lion in Winter Philip Capet
(King of France)
Ambassador Theatre March 3, 1966 – May 21, 1966
The Rose Tattoo Jack Hunter Billy Rose Theatre November 9, 1966 – December 31, 1966
1967 The Unknown Soldier and His Wife Unknown Soldier Vivian Beaumont Theater July 6, 1967 – September 16, 1967
George Abbott Theatre September 18, 1967 – November 12, 1967
1972 Enemies Sintsov Vivian Beaumont Theater November 9, 1972 – December 16, 1972
1973 The Plough and the Stars Jack Clitheroe January 4, 1973 – February 10, 1973
The Merchant of Venice Bassanio March 1, 1973 – April 7, 1973
1975 Sweet Bird of Youth Chance Wayne Harkness Theatre December 29, 1975 – February 8, 1976
1984 Hurlyburly Mickey Ethel Barrymore Theatre August 7, 1984 – June 2, 1985
1995 Him[6] Elvis Presley, director, writer New York Shakespeare Festival
2000 James Joyce's The Dead Gabriel Conroy Belasco Theatre January 11, 2000 – April 16, 2000
2001 The Seagull Sorin Delacorte Theatre July 24, 2001 – August 26, 2001[7]
2010 A Behanding in Spokane Carmichael Schoenfeld Theatre March 4, 2010 – June 6, 2010

^ III Credited as "Ronnie Walken".
^ IV Credited as "Ken Walken".
^ V Acted as a replacement for Arnold Merritt.

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Music video[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christopher Walken biography". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  2. ^ Reid, Dixie (2004-10-24). "Bend it like Walken: Actor has more to say about food and hair than acting". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 2004-12-22. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Walken filmography". IMBd. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  4. ^ Elavksy, Cindy (July 20, 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Walken Filmography". Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  6. ^ Feingold, Michael. "Him Review, Play by Christopher Walken". Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  7. ^ Christopher Walken – Other works

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