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CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Reed Thimple) won the 1978 Academy Award® 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 Award®-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 "Communion."

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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