Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, singer, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, and dancer, who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs including Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dogs of War (1980), The Dead Zone (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), King of New York (1990), Batman Returns (1992), True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Antz (1998), Vendetta (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Joe Dirt (2001), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Click (2006), Hairspray (2007), Seven Psychopaths (2012), the first three Prophecy films, The Jungle Book (2016), and Irreplaceable You (2018).
He has received a number of awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Deer Hunter. He was nominated for the same award and won BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Catch Me If You Can. His films have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States.
I have been a fan of Walkens for absolute years and the first film l caught him in was The Deer Hunter 1978 – which as a film had a profound effect on me – but l was hooked on Walken after that but equally both as well De Niro and Streep too. Are you fans, if so which are his best films in your eyes?
Here are my top ten favourites of his.
|The Deer Hunter 1978|
|The Dogs of War 1980|
|The Dead Zone 1983|
|The Comfort of Strangers 1990|
|King of New York 1990|
|Batman Returns 1992|
|The Addiction 1995|
|Catch Me If You Can 2002|
|Man on Fire 2004|
|Seven Psychopaths 2012|
The Deer Hunter 1978
In the backdrop of the US-Vietnam war, three friends who join the army to fight in Vietnam are later captured by the enemy forces. They manage to escape but are soon separated and imprisoned again.
The Dogs of War 1980
On a reconnaissance to the African nation of Zangaro, James, a mercenary, is tormented and deported. When he returns to his city, he decides to lead a military coup.
The Dead Zone 1983
When Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a coma caused by a car accident, he finds that years have passed, and he now has psychic abilities. Heartbroken that his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) has moved on with her life, Johnny also must contend with his unsettling powers, which allow him to see a person’s future with a mere touch. After shaking the hand of aspiring politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen), Johnny sees the danger presented by the candidate’s rise and resolves to kill him.
The Comfort of Strangers 1990
An unmarried couple on vacation in Venice befriend a mysterious local man who ensnares them into his games of psychological and sexual manipulation.
King of New York 1990
A psychotic drug lord leaves prison bent on sharing his profits with the poor, but finds that the streets are tougher than when he left and that there is no way of washing the blood from his dirty money.
Batman Returns 1992
When Max, an entrepreneur, and criminal Penguin team up to wreak havoc in Gotham City, Batman decides to stop them. Catwoman’s alter ego, Selina Kyle, seeks revenge on Max for trying to kill her.
The Addiction 1995
A vampiric doctoral student tries to follow the philosophy of a nocturnal comrade and control her thirst for blood.
Catch Me If You Can 2002
Notorious con artist Frank Abagnale has duped people worth millions of dollars with his masterful art of deception. With his scams getting bolder, he is soon pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty.
Man on Fire 2004
John, an ex-CIA officer, is entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding an entrepreneur’s daughter. When the girl gets kidnapped, John vows to seek revenge.
Seven Psychopaths 2012
Marty, an aspiring screenwriter working on a screenplay, unwillingly gets involved in an underworld crime when his strange friends abduct a dangerous hoodlum’s pet.
So there we go folks – Christopher Walken – Fan or Not?