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CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Morty) 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 Critic's 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.

Walken's film career skyrocketed after his unforgettable supporting 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' 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 with Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and John Cusack and Peter Berg's The Rundown.

Walken has succeeded in creating some of the most indelible characters in recent 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 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 1999, he co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead.” In 2001, Christopher again appeared in a revival of Chekhov's "The Seagull” for the New York Shakespeare Festival, which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Meryl Streep.

On television, Walken has hilariously and memorably hosted "Saturday Night Live” six times since 1990 and contributed a mesmerizing dance performance to the Spike Jonze-directed music video for Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice.” Walken was recently seen in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers opposite Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan, as well as Tony Scott's Man On Fire opposite Denzel Washington, Frank Oz's The Stepford Wives opposite Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler and Glenn Close, Around the Bend opposite Michael Caine and John Turturro's ensemble musical Romance and Cigarettes. Upcoming for Walken are Fade to Black for director Oliver Parker, Barry Levinson's comedy Man of the Year with Robin Williams and Laura Linney, and We Own the Night with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg.

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