Chris is credited for more than 100 plays. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games.
Chris is a member of Saturday Night Live's prestigious "Five Timers Club", having hosted the show six times. Along with Alec Baldwin, he has a standing invitation to host the show. He is one of the few hosts of the program who has hosted enough times to have his own recurring skit (The Continental).
In August 2006, Christopher was the subject of a hoax when a website posted a number of fictitious political quotes from him, claiming he was running for President of the United States.
Christopher won an MTV Video Music Award for choreographing his own moves in Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice. He also appeared on the cover of the US release of Fatboy Slim's 2006 album, Why Try Harder, The Greatest Hits.
On October 4th, 2004, Christopher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Chris was considered for the following roles:
- Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- 'Number Two' in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Andy in Dead of Night
- Han Solo in Star Wars
At the time of filming The Rundown, he had never seen the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and was therefore reluctant to use the phrase "Oompah Loompah" in his final scene. When learning of this, director Peter Berg gave him a copy of the film, and he finally decided to use the phrase.
Christopher is only the second person in history to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actor from the Oscars, for Catch Me If You Can (2002), and Worst Supporting Actor from the Razzies, for The Country Bears (2002) in the same year. The first was James Coco, who was actually nominated for both awards for the same role in Only When I Laugh (1981).
In 1995, Chris wrote and performed in a play about Elvis Presley titled Him. In 2001, he wrote and directed a short film, Popcorn Shrimp.
In 1980, Chris was assaulted in New York when he asked two men to turn down their music. His nose was broken in the incident. In 1998, he was mugged at the Venice airport, with his The Prophecy II script being stolen, along with his glasses, keys, drivers licence, and $100 in cash. All items were later found, except for the money.
Christopher has different-colored eyes (one blue and one hazel). This condition is known as heterochromia.
Christopher is a fan of horror films that feature zombies.
Christopher read Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven for an audio book.
In 1964, Chris changed his name from Ronald to Christopher after a friend told him it suited him better. He nowadays prefers to be known informally as "Chris Walken", saying that his adopted name of "Christopher" sounds "like a sneeze".
In his 35 years in film, Christopher has acted in over 90 films. He rarely turns down a part, under the belief that making movies (whether they turn out good or bad) is always a rewarding experience.
Christopher attended the Professional Children's School.
Christopher is the only actor to portray a James Bond villain and win an Academy Award for it. He received the award for his role in A View to a Kill.
It was reported that Chris achieved his gaunt, hollow look of his character in The Deer Hunter by eating mainly rice and bananas.
When Christopher was a teenager, he worked as a lion tamer in a circus.
Christopher's approx. height: 6' 0½" (1.84 m)
Chris voiced the characters of a police officer, a friend of Nick Kang and George in the videogame True Crime: Streets of LA, and as Gabriel, an FBI agent, in True Crime: New York City.
In 1993, Chris played the 'Angel of Death' in Madonna's music video for Bad Girl. He also appeared in the music video for Skid Row's song, Breakin' Down', and is mentioned in the Fountains of Wayne song, Hackensack.
Jerry Lewis influenced Chris to make show business his career. At age 10, Chris met Jerry on The Colgate Comedy Hour, where Jerry & Dean Martin were guest hosts. Chris was an extra on the show and was in a skit with Jerry.
1979 - Golden Globe 'Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role' for The Deer Hunter
1980 - BAFTA Film Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for The Deer Hunter
1984 - Saturn Award 'Best Actor' for The Dead Zone
1991 - Emmy 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special' for Sarah, Plain and Tall
1994 - Shakespeare Theatre's Will Award for his contribution to cal theatre
1996 - Saturn Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for The Prophecy
2000 - Tony Award 'Best Actor (Musical)' for James Joyce's The Dead
2000 - Saturn Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for Sleepy Hollow
2000 - MTV Movie Award 'Best Villain' for Sleepy Hollow
2003 - Academy Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for Catch Me if You Can
2003 - Razzie Award 'Worst Supporting Actor' for The Country Bears
2004 - Razzie Award 'Worst Supporting Actor' for Gigli
2008 - Screen Actors Guild Award 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture' for Hairspray
1966 - Clarence Derwent Award for The Lion in Winter
1975 - Obie Award for Kid Champion
1978 - NYFCC Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for The Deer Hunter
1979 - Academy Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for The Deer Hunter
1995 - Gotham Awards 'Actor Award'
1997 - Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema 'Special Mention' for The Addiction
1998 - Magnolia Award 'Best Actor' for Deadline
1998 - Master Screen Artist Tribute
2001 - American Comedy Award 'Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series' for Saturday Night Live
2003 - BAFTA Film Award 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role' for Catch Me if You Can
2003 - ShoWest Award 'Supporting Actor of the Year'
2003 - Screen Actors Guild Award 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role' for Catch Me if You Can
2003 - NSFC Award 'Best Supporting Actor' for Catch Me if You Can
2004 - Montréal World Film Festival 'Best Actor' for Around the Bend
2005 - CineVegas International Film Festival Marquee Award
2005 - Golden Satellite Award 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama' for Around the Bend
2006 - MTV Video Music Award for choreographing his own moves in Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice
2007 - Hollywood Film Award 'Ensemble of the Year' for Hairspray
2008 - Hasty Pudding Theatricals 'Man of the Year'
Chris: (from an SNL skit with Blue Oyster Cult) I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell.
Chris: I've always been a character actor, although I'm not quite sure what that means. All my scripts are absolutely covered in notes, so any time I say anything - even `pass the salt' - I have six subtexts, comments on what I really mean when I'm saying that. Maybe that's what gives the impression that I'm saying one thing and thinking something else.
Chris: I have been in movies that I thought I wasn't very good in. I think, Chris, don't let your mouth hang open like that next time. Look at that facial tic. Don't walk in such a self-conscious way! But sometimes, I watch myself and I think that I am terrific - and that is really nice.
Chris: (on how he selects his roles) I don't choose that much. I just sort of take what's there. I don't have much else to do. I don't have a lot of hobbies. I don't play golf. I don't have any children. Things that occupy people's time. I just try to take jobs. I basically work so much because I'm lazy.
Chris: People think that my favorite roles to do are villains, but I find comedy to be the most challenging and rewarding.
Chris: I was already 35 years old, and I'd been in show business for 30-plus years, and suddenly there was this big movie and I was getting an Oscar, and this enormous thing happened. In Annie Hall, I played the strange brother who wanted to drive into oncoming cars. Immediately after that was The Deer Hunter , where I played this nice guy who shoots himself in the head. Something happened there. The fact that they came so close together, and they were both important movies, two big public things where I was simultaneously... 'disturbed.' That got the ball rolling for me in terms of being an actor.
Chris: (on Pulp Fiction ) I put aside an hour every day to go over that monologue again and again for months, and every time I got to the end of it, I would crack up.
Chris: I make a lot of movies. I make four, um, five, six movies a year. I do it because I really like to work. I really don't have anything else to do. Some of them go straight to video. They're so obscure. I make movies that nobody will see. I've made a number of movies that I have never seen.