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CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (J-Man) 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.”


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