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CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Rayburn) was nominated in 2003 for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the father of a young con artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. 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 Critics Circle Award and a Golden Globe nomination.

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 Nichol's 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.

Recently, Walken has succeeded in creating some of the most memorable characters in film history, appearing in supporting and cameo roles such as Vincenzo 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's upcoming films include Barry Levinson's ENVY, with Ben Stiller and Jack Black; THE STEPFORD WIVES, with Nicole Kidman; and AROUND THE BEND, with Michael Caine. Walken began acting and dancing at the age of 10. 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 Theater.

In the summer of 2001, Walken again appeared in a revival of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL for the New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mike Nichols, opposite Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. In the Fall of 1999, he co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's THE DEAD. On television, Walken has hosted "Saturday Night Live” six 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.


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