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(Frank Abagnale, Sr.) won the 1978 Academy AwardĂ˘ for Best Supporting Actor for
his gripping performance in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter." He
also earned a New York Film Critics Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination
for his work in the film.
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 the age of 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 recently performed an unforgettable
dance number in 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.
Walken's upcoming film work includes
Martin Brest's "Gigli," with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, and
Barry Levinson's comedy "Envy," in which he stars with Ben Stiller
and Jack Black.
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