Christopher Walken

Biography: "I am the malevolent WASP," Chris described himself to one journalist. To director Paul Schrader, who was lighting him from below for one shot in 1991's The Comfort of Strangers he said, "I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own". Indeed, many of Chris' most compelling screen turns have been as evil characters, or tragic victims haunted by unnameable terrors. He played one such role in The Deer Hunter (1978), which shocked audiences, won him a Supporting Actor Oscar, and made him a recognizable player. (Chris started as a chorus boy in New York, had been working in films for years, winning memorable bits in 1972's The Anderson Tapes and 1977's Annie Hall particularly effective in the latter as Diane Keaton's creepy brother.) He has appeared in a variety of films since, most effectively as quietly menacing characters, but occasionally surprising audiences as he did in Pennies From Heaven (1981), contributing a show-stopping dance routine. He was chilling as"I am the malevolent WASP," Chris described himself to one journalist. To director Paul Schrader, who was lighting him from below for one shot in 1991's The Comfort of Strangers he said, "I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own". Indeed, many of Chris' most compelling screen turns have been as evil characters, or tragic victims haunted by unnameable terrors. He played one such role in The Deer Hunter (1978), which shocked audiences, won him a Supporting Actor Oscar, and made him a recognizable player. (Chris started as a chorus boy in New York, had been working in films for years, winning memorable bits in 1972's The Anderson Tapes and 1977's Annie Hall particularly effective in the latter as Diane Keaton's creepy brother.) He has appeared in a variety of films since, most effectively as quietly menacing characters, but occasionally surprising audiences as he did in Pennies From Heaven (1981), contributing a show-stopping dance routine. He was chilling as the telepathic lead in The Dead Zone (1983), and as a purely evil father initiating his son into a life of crime in the underrated At Close Range (1986). He also had a campy turn playing a James Bond villain in A View to a Kill (1985). Chris exhibited a seldom-seen comic ability as an eccentric drill sergeant in Biloxi Blues (1988), but was back in form as an icy mobster/philanthropist in the hyper-violent King of New York (1990). Younger viewers accustomed to seeing him in villainous parts may have been surprised by his warm portrayals opposite Glenn Close in the acclaimed TV dramas Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) and its sequel, Skylark(1993). Feature-film casting directors still seem to favor malevolent roles for him, however; he was the flamboyant Max Shreck in Batman Returns (1992), a mobster who interrogates Dennis Hopper in True Romance (1993), Tia Carrere's self-centered record producer in Wayne's World 2 (also 1993), and a vampire in The Addiction (1995). Good or evil, one thing is certain, it seems that Chris was destined for show business even at the age of 10 when he appeared as an extra on Jerry Lewis's Colgate Comedy Hour. Expand

Christopher Walken's Scores

Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 81 Hairspray
Lowest Metascore: 16 Kangaroo Jack
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 39
  2. Negative: 10 out of 39
39 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
71 The Opportunists Aug 11, 2000 Victor 'Vic' Kelly 9.0
43 Suicide Kings Apr 17, 1998 Carlo Bartolucci/Charlie Barret 8.8
59 The Rundown Sep 26, 2003 Hatcher 8.7
57 True Romance Sep 10, 1993 Vincenzo Coccotti 8.7
69 The Dead Zone Oct 21, 1983 Johnny Smith 8.7
76 Catch Me If You Can Dec 25, 2002 Frank Abagnale 8.5
65 Sleepy Hollow Nov 19, 1999 Hessian Horseman 8.5
47 Man on Fire Apr 23, 2004 Rayburn 8.5
36 Poolhall Junkies Feb 28, 2003 Mike 8.4
54 Mousehunt Dec 19, 1997 Caeser, The Exterminator 8.4
49 Scotland, Pa. Feb 8, 2002 Lieutenant McDuff 8.2
46 Around the Bend Oct 8, 2004 Turner Lair 8.1
67 A Late Quartet Nov 2, 2012 Peter Mitchell / Peter Mitchell 7.8
tbd The Power of Few Feb 15, 2013 Doke 7.7
64 Wedding Crashers Jul 15, 2005 Secretary William Cleary 7.6
81 Hairspray Jul 20, 2007 Wilbur Turnblad 7.6
72 Antz Oct 2, 1998 Colonel Cutter 7.6
tbd Undertaking Betty Nov 12, 2005 Frank Featherbed 7.5
41 Stand Up Guys Dec 14, 2012 Cast / Principal Cast / Doc 7.4
31 New Rose Hotel Oct 8, 1999 Co-Producer / Fox 7.3
73 The Deer Hunter Dec 8, 1978 Nick 7.3
20 Joe Dirt Apr 11, 2001 Clem 7.2
65 Basquiat Aug 9, 1996 The Interviewer 7.0
55 Romance & Cigarettes Sep 7, 2007 Cousin Bo 6.9
66 Seven Psychopaths Oct 12, 2012 Hans / Hans 6.9
66 Dark Horse Jun 8, 2012 Jackie 6.9
54 Jersey Boys Jun 20, 2014 Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo / Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo / Gyp DeCarlo 6.9
45 Click Jun 23, 2006 Morty 6.6
50 Kill the Irishman Mar 11, 2011 Shondor Birns 6.6
37 The Country Bears Jul 26, 2002 Reed Thimple 6.5