1. Ronald Walken, known professionally as Christopher Walken , is an American actor.
2. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Sleepy Hollow, Catch Me If You Can, Kill the Irishman, Hairspray and Seven Psychopaths, as well as music videos by many popular recording artists.
3. Walken has received a number of awards and nominations during his career, including winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1978 for his portrayal of Nikanor “Nick” Chebotarevich in The Deer Hunter.
4. He is a popular guest-host of Saturday Night Live, having hosted seven times as of April 2008.
5. His most notable roles on the show include record producer Bruce Dickinson in the “More Cowbell” sketch, as the double-entendre-named disgraced Confederate officer, Colonel Angus, and his multiple appearances as The Continental.
6. He also wrote and acted the main role in a play about his idol Elvis Presley titled Him, in 1995.
7. Named for actor Ronald Colman, Walken was born Ronald Walken in Astoria, Queens.
8. Over the next two years, he appeared frequently on television and had a thriving career in theatre.
9. From 1954 to 1956, Walken and his brother Glenn originated the role of Michael Bauer on the soap opera The Guiding Light.
10. In 1963, he appeared as “Chris” in an episode of Naked City starring Paul Burke.
11. In 1966, Walken played the role of King Philip of France in the Broadway premiere of The Lion in Winter. In 1969, Walken guest-starred in Hawaii Five-O as Navy SP Walt Kramer.
12. In 1964, he changed his first name to “Christopher” at the suggestion of a friend who believed the name suited him better than his given name, Ronald.
13. In 1978, he appeared in Shoot the Sun Down, a western filmed in 1976 that costarred Margot Kidder. the part ultimately went to Harrison Ford.