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:
42 The Affair of the Necklace Nov 30, 2001 Count Cagliostro 6.0
46 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Dec 1, 1995 The Man With The Plan 5.7
48 Blast from the Past Feb 12, 1999 Calvin 5.5
44 America's Sweethearts Jul 20, 2001 Hal Weidmann 5.5
39 Man of the Year Oct 13, 2006 Jack Menken 5.0
38 Balls of Fury Aug 29, 2007 Feng 4.9
16 Kangaroo Jack Jan 17, 2003 Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio 4.7
31 Envy Apr 30, 2004 J-Man 4.0
42 The Stepford Wives Jun 11, 2004 Mike Wellington 4.0
34 Excess Baggage Aug 29, 1997 Ray 4.0
18 Gigli Aug 1, 2003 Det. Stanley Jacobellis 2.4
tbd The Jungle Book Oct 9, 2015 King Louie tbd