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CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, who portrays Mike Wellington, 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 a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Walken also received a 2002 Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won BAFTA and SAG awards for his role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me if You Can,” for DreamWorks.

Christopher 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 Nichols' "Biloxi Blues,” based on the Neil Simon play; Abel Ferrara's gritty crime-drama "King of New York”; Joe Roth's comedy "America's Sweethearts,” co-starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack; and Peter Berg's "The Rundown.”

Walken has succeeded in creating some of the most memorable characters in film history, appearing in supporting and cameo roles such as Vincent 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 began acting and dancing at the age of ten. 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 Theatre. In the fall of 1999, he co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead.” 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.

On television, Walken has hilariously and memorably hosted "Saturday Night Live” a total of 6 times since 1990 and contributed a mesmerizing dance performance to the Spike Jonze-directed music video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice.

Walken was recently seen in Barry Levinson's "Envy,” with Ben Stiller and Jack Black: in Tony Scott's "Man on Fire,” opposite Denzel Washington; and will be seen in "Around the Bend,” opposite Michael Caine. Walken has commenced principal photography on "Wedding Crashers,” opposite Owen Wilson, and on John Turturro's "Romance & Cigarettes.”


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