THE COUNTRY BEARS
CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Reed
Thimple) won the 1978 Academy AwardÂ® for Best Supporting Actor in "The
Deer Hunter." He will soon appear in Steven Spielberg's "CatchMe If
You Can" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks; in Martin Brest's "Gigli"
with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez; and in Barry Levinson's "Envy,"
with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. In the summer of 2001, he co-starred in the New
York Shakespeare Festival revival of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull,"
directed by Mike Nichols and also starring Meryl Streep. Walken also appeared in
an award-winning dance performance in a music video directed by Spike Jonze for
"Weapon of Choice" by Fat Boy Slim.
Walken's film career
rocketed after his unforgettable role as Diane Keaton's brother in Woody Allen's
Academy AwardÂ®-winning "Annie Hall" in 1977. "The Deer
Hunter" followed the very next year. He has since built up a filmography of
some fifty films, including Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," "At
Close Range," "Pennies From Heaven," "The Dead Zone,"
"Heaven's Gate," "King of New York" and
In more recent years,
Walken has become an icon to legions of fans who know him from his performances
in "Sleepy Hollow," "The Opportunist," "Illuminata,"
"Pulp Fiction," "True Romance" and "The Funeral."
Walken began acting and
dancing at the age of ten, and as a child actor appeared on such television
shows as "The Ernie Kovacs Show" and "The Colgate Comedy
Hour." He made his New York stage debut in 1959 in Archibald MacLeish's
"J.B.," opposite Christopher Plummer.
While studying English and
drama at Hofstra University, Walken decided to return to his roots and made his
musical stage debut opposite Liza Minnelli in "Best Foot Forward." He
then studied with Wynn Handman at the Actor's Studio. In 1966 he was named
"Theatre World's Most Promising Personality" for his role in
Tennessee Williams' "The Rose." Other theatrical performances
include his Obie Award-winning "House of Blue Leaves," "A
Streetcar Named Desire," "Coriolanus" and "Othello."
Walken has a virtual cult
following based solely on his outrageously funny performances
hosting "Saturday Night Live," immortalizing such sidesplitting
characters as "The Continental," a playboy who practically holds his
dates hostage in his ludicrous
attempts to wine and dine them.
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