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Christopher Walken (born as "Ronald Walken" on March 31, 1943 in Astoria, Queens, NYC, USA) is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray and Seven Psychopaths as well as music videos by many popular recording artists. 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.
Walken's films have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States. He has also played the lead in the Shakespeare plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Coriolanus. He is a popular guest-host of "Saturday Night Live", having hosted seven times as of April 2008. Walken is imitated for his deadpan affect, sudden off-beat pauses, and unusual speech rhythm and emphasis, which are sometimes subject to parody. He is revered for his quality of danger and menace, but his unpredictable deliveries and expressions make him invaluable in comedy as well. He is also noted for rarely refusing movie roles and having stated in interviews that he will decline a role only if he is simply too busy on other projects to take it as he regards each role as a learning experience. On January 25, 2013, one of Walken's lesser known silly films, McBain, was taken on by RiffTrax where Walken played the title role.