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Biography #2 (for Envy)

Christopher Walken recently earned his second Academy Award nomination and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. His performance as con man Frank Abagnale Jr.'s troubled father also brought him a BAFTA Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award, and he was also named the ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year. In 1979, Walken won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his gripping performance in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. In addition, he won a New York Film Critics Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film.

One of the film industry's most prolific actors, Walken next stars with Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's action thriller Man on Fire, followed by Frank Oz's remake of The Stepford Wives, with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick. Among his other upcoming films is Around the Bend, in which he stars with Josh Lucas.

Walken first gained attention for his work on screen in the role of Diane Keaton's brother Duane in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning Best Picture Annie Hall. He has since had memorable roles in more than 50 feature films, including Herbert Ross' Pennies From Heaven; David Cronenberg's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dead Zone; James Foley's At Close Range, opposite Sean Penn; Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues, based on the Neil Simon play; Abel Ferrara's King of New York; Tony Scott's True Romance; Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction; Peter O'Fallon's Suicide Kings; Joe Roth's comedy America's Sweethearts, with Julia Roberts, John Cusack and Billy Crystal; and Tim Burton's Batman Returns and Sleepy Hollow.

An accomplished stage actor, Walken began his career at age ten, acting and dancing. He trained to be a dancer at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, and went on to appear in numerous plays and musicals. He received the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The Lion in Winter, an Obie for his role in The Seagull, a Theatre World Award for The Rose Tattoo, and the 1997 Susan Stein Shiva Award for his work with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.

In the fall of 1999, Walken co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead. He returned to the stage in the summer of 2001 in the New York Shakespeare Festival revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, in which he starred with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, under the direction of Mike Nichols.

On television, Walken has been one of the most popular hosts of Saturday Night Live, returning five times to host the show since 1990. In addition, he performed an unforgettable dance number in the Spike Jonze-directed music video for Fat Boy Slim's Weapon of Choice.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Envy" (21-Nov-2004)


Biography #3 (for Gigli)

Christopher Walken won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his astonishing performance in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, a role that also earned him the New York Film Critic's Circle Award, and a Golden Globe nomination. He also received a 2002 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. In the film, based on a true story, Walken plays the father of a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries.

Walken's film career skyrocketed after his unforgettable role as Duane Hall, brother to Diane Keaton's title character in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning Best Picture Annie Hall. Since then, Walken has appeared in more than 50 feature films including Herbert Ross' Oscar nominated Pennies from Heaven, David Cronenberg's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dead Zone, James Foley's At Close Range opposite Sean Penn, Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues based on the Neil Simon play, Abel Ferrara's gritty crime-drama King of New York and Joe Roth's comedy America's Sweethearts co-starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack.

Walken has succeeded in creating some of the most memorable characters in film history, appearing in supporting and cameo roles such as: Vincent Coccotti in Tony Scott's True Romance, Captain Koons in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Carlo Bartolucci in Suicide Kings, The Headless Horseman in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, and crooked businessman Max Shreck in Burton's Batman Returns.

Walken began acting and dancing at the age of ten. He trained to be a dancer at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, and eventually went on to appear in numerous stage plays and musicals. He received the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The Lion in Winter, an Obie Award for his role in The Seagull, a Theatre World Award for The Rose Tattoo and the 1997 Susan Stein Shiva Award for his work with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre. In the fall of 1999, he co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead. In the summer of 2001, Christopher again appeared in a revival of Chekhov's The Seagull for the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production was directed by Mike Nichols and co-starred Meryl Streep.

On television, Walken has hilariously and memorably hosted Saturday Night Live a total of 6 times since 1990, contributed a mesmerizing dance performance to the Spike Jonze-directed music video for Fat Boy Slim's Weapon of Choice, and wrote and directed the short film Popcorn Shrimp, which premiered on Showtime in 2001.

Upcoming for Walken is Barry Levinson's Envy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black and Helldorado for director Peter Berg. He recently completed Man on Fire opposite Denzel Washington for director Tony Scott.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Gigli" (01-Jan-2000)


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