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Beyond the Embrace

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Hailing from New Bedford, MS, Beyond the Accept performs traditional rock with several latter-day devices such as for example death-styled vocals and thrash-like rates of speed stirred in to the mixture of their unusual three-guitar strike. Debuting with 2002’s Against sun and rain on Metal Edge, the sextet offering vocalist/keyboardist Shawn Gallagher, guitarists Oscar Gouveia, Jeff Saude, and Alex Botelho, bassist Adam Gonsalves, and drummer Mike Bresciani provides often been known as “Iron Maiden on swiftness.” Released in 2004, the band’s sophomore Insect Melody introduced brand-new drummer Kevin Camille and noticed the departure of longtime bassist Gonsalves.

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Music Songs Fleshengine Breakdown, Mourning in Magenta, Bastard Screams, My Fall, Insect Song, ...of Every Strain, The Riddle of Steel, Redeemer, Embers Astray, Drowning Sun, The Bending Sea, The Weak and the Wounded, Against the Elements, Absent, The Plague, Ashes, Within, Rapture, Compass, Release, Until the Flood, The Trooper, Prowler, Beyond Me, Minion, Rebel Yell, Enveloping the Emptiness
Albums Against the Elements, Insect Song, Beyond the Embrace


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#Fact
1 Is widely known to be a very private man.
2 The first Academy Award winning actor to play a main James Bond villain in A View To A Kill (1985). The other two (as of 2015) are Javier Bardem in Skyfall (2012) and Christoph Waltz (2015).
3 Lampooned on The Simpsons (1989) by an impersonator, giving an unsettling reading of "Goodnight Moon" at a Book Festival.
4 Lampooned by Eddie Izzard in his stand-up routine.
5 Gave a dramatic reading of the lyrics of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001).
6 As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Of those, Annie Hall (1977) and The Deer Hunter (1978) are winners in the category.
7 Wilton, Connecticut: lives there with his wife, Georgianne, and their cat, Bowtie [January 2013]
8 His senior quote from high school (The Profesional Children's School) is from Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Lost" Act II, Scene I: - "the merry madcap lord - not a word with him but a jest; and every jest but a word".
9 In 2009, he had the honor of interacting with the entire cast of Saturday Night Live (1975) at the time they were doing impersonations of him in a sketch called "Walken Family Reunion".
10 In both The Stepford Wives (2004) and Click (2006), portrays a man who hands over a sleek futuristic remote control with sci-fi capabilities.
11 Has twice played a Hessian: in Valley Forge (1975) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).
12 Lives in Wilton, Connecticut, and has a vacation home on Block Island, Rhode Island.
13 Was cast in the role of Eric Qualen in Cliffhanger (1993) but left before filming began. The part went to John Lithgow.
14 Both of his parents were immigrants - his mother, Rosalie, from Scotland, and his father, Paul, from Germany.
15 Rosie O'Donnell said he was one of the scariest people alive. Later, he appeared on her show, gave her flowers and a box of chocolates, and sang "Getting to Know You" with her.
16 Quit smoking cigarettes in his late thirties.
17 He has been a huge fan of Elvis Presley since his mid-teens.
18 When he did the Russian roulette scene in The Deer Hunter (1978), he was remembering being sent to summer camp by his parents, which he hated. He felt betrayed, ostracized, alone - which he felt the character was experiencing at that point in the film.
19 He appeared on Saturday Night Live (1975) doing a Christmas medley called "Walken In A Winter Wonderland" which he dedicated to his mother who hated that he played so many villains.
20 He was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for his performance in "Sweet Bird of Youth," at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
21 A frequent host of Saturday Night Live (1975), he has also been parodied on the show by Jay Mohr. The youngest ever regular cast member was Anthony Michael Hall, who succeeded him in the television series based on The Dead Zone (1983), and who, like Walken, has appeared in the Batman film series.
22 Cannot swim very well.
23 Received Harvard's "Hasty Pudding Man of the Year" award on February 15, 2008.
24 Has said that a 200-film career is not out of the question.
25 His wife, Georgianne Walken, and his brothers, Ken Walken & Glenn Walken, still call him "Ronnie".
26 Was named after his mother's favorite actor, Ronald Colman.
27 Is a very skilled chef.
28 He lives in his house in the country, while his wife lives in their New York apartment. Walken says the only people he sees when he is not working are the garbage men.
29 Was the first to play King Philip of France on stage for "The Lion in Winter" in 1966, at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City.
30 Doesn't use a computer or own a cell phone.
31 Was considered for the part of Andy in Dead of Night (1974).
32 In the early 1960s he earned a job as one of three men dancing and singing with Andy Warhol favorite Monique van Vooren in her sultry nightclub act.
33 Received the Shakespeare Theater's Will Award in 1994 for his contributions to classical theater.
34 Lost out to Ryan O'Neal for the romantic lead in Love Story (1970).
35 His performance as Nick Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978) is ranked #88 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
36 Had read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" for an audio book.
37 Was considered for the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
38 Was considered for the role of Number Two in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
39 He said in an interview that he has never turned down a role.
40 His mother, Rosalie (Russell), was a Scottish immigrant to the U.S. She lived to be 102 years old (May 16, 1907 - March 26, 2010).
41 Said in an interview (July 2005) with the German magazine "Der Spiegel" that his father was a German baker from Essen, Germany.
42 Ranked #1 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
43 Alternated with his brother Glenn Walken in the role of Mike Bauer on the soap opera Guiding Light (1952) (1954-1956).
44 In order to achieve the gaunt, withdrawn and hollow look of his character in The Deer Hunter (1978), it's reported that he ate a diet consisting of only rice and bananas in preparation for this film.
45 Was nominated for Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "James Joyce's The Dead."
46 Loves horror films featuring zombies.
47 One of the few hosts of Saturday Night Live (1975) who has hosted enough times to have his own recurring skit ("The Continental").
48 Has different-colored eyes (one blue and one hazel). This is a condition known as heterochromia.
49 Has played 3 different characters with the name Max in Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999), Batman Returns (1992) and A View to a Kill (1985).
50 At the time of filming The Rundown (2003), he had never seen the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and was therefore reluctant to use the phrase "Oompah Loompah" in his final scene. When learning of this, director Peter Berg gave him a copy of the film, and he finally decided to use the phrase.
51 Adopted the name "Christopher" when a friend told him the name suited him better than "Ronnie". Has since stated that his adopted name sounds "like a sneeze", and he prefers to be called "Chris".
52 In his 35 years in film, he has acted in well over 90 films. He rarely turns down a part, under the belief that making movies (whether they turn out good or bad) is always a rewarding experience.
53 The son of a baker.
54 Danced with Judy Garland at Liza Minnelli's 16th birthday party.
55 Is only the second person in history to be nominated for both Best Supporting Actor from the Oscars, for Catch Me If You Can (2002), and Worst Supporting Actor from the Razzies, for The Country Bears (2002) in the same year. The first was James Coco, who was actually nominated for both awards for the same role in Only When I Laugh (1981).
56 When hosting Saturday Night Live (1975), he likes to sing during his monologues (which has become a crowd pleasing favorite). So naturally, when co-hosting SNL specials, his introduction song "I'm Walkin, Im 'Talkin" (for the rhyme of his last name) is played.
57 Along with Alec Baldwin, he has a standing invitation to host Saturday Night Live (1975) every year (if scheduling permits).
58 Has an intense dislike of handguns.
59 Met wife, casting agent Georgianne Walken (née Thon), while touring with "West Side Story" in Chicago.
60 At the beginning of The Dead Zone (1983) he tells his class to read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Sixteen years later he plays The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999). Later in the film, he has a student whom he's tutoring to read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Later in life, Walken read the poem for an audio book.
61 Member of Saturday Night Live (1975)'s prestigious "Five Timers Club".
62 Won an MTV Video Music Award for choreographing his own dancing in Fatboy Slim's 2001 music video "Weapon Of Choice", directed by Spike Jonze.
63 Manages to insert a little dance number into nearly all of his roles, no matter how small, scripted or not.
64 He and Nick Nolte were both considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
65 Was on Natalie Wood's yacht the night she drowned.
66 Was robbed at the airport in Venice and his The Prophecy II (1998) script, glasses, keys, drivers licence, and $100 were stolen. All items were later found, except for the money.
67 Was assaulted in a street in New York in 1980 when he asked two men to turn down their music. His nose was broken in the incident.
68 Has a phobia of going too fast in cars.
69 Attended the Professional Children's School.
70 Worked briefly as a lion tamer in a circus at age 15.
71 Was George Lucas' second choice for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
72 Brother of Glenn Walken and Ken Walken.
73 Ranked #96 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
74 Walken initially intended to study dancing instead of acting, but dropped out of Hofstra University after one year when he landed an off-Broadway musical "Best Foot Forward" in 1963.
75 Jerry Lewis influenced Walken to make show business his career. At age 10, he met Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950), where Lewis and Dean Martin were guest hosts. Walken was an extra on the show and was in a skit with Lewis.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Search and Destroy 1995 Kim Ulander
Wild Side 1995 Bruno Buckingham
The Prophecy 1995 Gabriel
The Addiction 1995 Peina
Pulp Fiction 1994 Captain Koons
A Business Affair 1994 Vanni Corso
Wayne's World 2 1993 Bobby Cahn
True Romance 1993 Vincenzo Coccotti
Scam 1993 TV Movie Jack Shanks
Madonna: Bad Girl 1993 Video short Angel (uncredited)
Skylark 1993 TV Movie Jacob Witting
Le Grand Pardon II 1992 Pasco Meisner
Batman Returns 1992 Max Shreck
Mistress 1992 Warren Zell
All-American Murder 1991 Video P.J. Decker
McBain 1991 Robert McBain
Sarah, Plain and Tall 1991 TV Movie Jacob Witting
The Comfort of Strangers 1990 Robert
King of New York 1990 Frank White
Communion 1989 Whitley Strieber
Homeboy 1988 Wesley Pendergass
Puss in Boots 1988 Puss
Biloxi Blues 1988 Sgt. Toomey
The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 Kyril Montana
Deadline 1987 Don Stevens
At Close Range 1986 Brad Sr.
A View to a Kill 1985 Max Zorin
Guiding Light 1984 TV Series Michael 'Mike' Bauer
The Dead Zone 1983 Johnny Smith
Brainstorm 1983 Michael Brace
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series Harry Nash
Pennies from Heaven 1981 Tom
The Dogs of War 1980 Jamie Shannon
Heaven's Gate 1980 Nathan D. Champion (as Chris Walken)
Last Embrace 1979 Eckart
The Deer Hunter 1978 Nick
Shoot the Sun Down 1978 Mr. Rainbow
Roseland 1977 Russel (The Hustle)
Annie Hall 1977 Duane Hall (as Christopher Wlaken)
Kojak 1977 TV Series Ben Wiley
The Sentinel 1977 Detective Rizzo
Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 Robert Fulmer (as Chris Walken)
Valley Forge 1975 TV Movie The Hessian
The Mind Snatchers 1972 TV Movie Privatz James H. Reese
The Anderson Tapes 1971 The Kid
Cleopatra 1970 Boy
Hawaii Five-O 1970 TV Series Walt Kramer
New York Television Theatre 1970 TV Series
The Three Musketeers 1969 TV Movie Felton
Me and My Brother 1969
Barefoot in Athens 1966 TV Movie Lamprocles
Naked City 1963 TV Series Brain Trust / Chris Johannis
The Boy Who Saw Through 1956 Short Ernest (as Ronnie Walken)
The Motorola Television Hour 1954 TV Series
The Wonderful John Acton 1953 TV Series Kevin Acton (as Ronnie Walken)
Irreplaceable You 2017 post-production
The War with Grandpa 2017 filming Jerry
Nine Lives 2016/I Felix Perkins
The Jungle Book 2016 King Louie (voice)
Eddie the Eagle 2016 Warren Sharp
The Family Fang 2015 Caleb Fang
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser 2015 Video Clem
One More Time 2015 Paul
Peter Pan Live! 2014 TV Movie Captain Hook
Masterpiece Contemporary 2014 TV Series Curtis Pelessier
Jersey Boys 2014 Gyp DeCarlo
Turks & Caicos 2014 TV Movie Curtis Pelissier
Gods Behaving Badly 2013 Zeus
The Power of Few 2013 Doke
A Late Quartet 2012 Peter Mitchell
Seven Psychopaths 2012 Hans
Stand Up Guys 2012 Doc
Life's a Beach 2012 Roy Callahan
Dark Horse 2011 Jackie
Kill the Irishman 2011 Shondor Birns
30 Rock 2009 TV Series Christopher Walken
The Maiden Heist 2009 Roger Barlow
$5 a Day 2008 Nat Parker
The Legend of Harrow Woods 2008 Video Raven (voice)
Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! 2008 Short Frank Kincaid
Balls of Fury 2007 Feng
Hairspray 2007 Wilbur Turnblad
Man of the Year 2006 Jack Menken
Fade to Black 2006 Brewster
Click 2006 Morty
True Crime: New York City 2005 Video Game F.B.I. Agent Gabriel Whitting (voice)
Domino 2005 Mark Heiss
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 Cousin Bo
Wedding Crashers 2005 Secretary Cleary
Around the Bend 2004 Turner Lair
The Stepford Wives 2004 Mike Wellington
Envy 2004 J-Man
Man on Fire 2004 Paul Rayburn
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game George (voice)
The Rundown 2003 Hatcher
Gigli 2003 Det. Stanley Jacobellis
Kangaroo Jack 2003 Salvatore 'Sal' Maggio
Caesar 2002 TV Movie Marcus Portius Cato
Catch Me If You Can 2002 Frank Abagnale
Undertaking Betty 2002 Frank Featherbed
Engine Trouble 2002/II Short Rusty
The Country Bears 2002 Reed Thimple
Poolhall Junkies 2002 Mike
Fatboy Slim: Weapon of Choice 2001 Video short Businessman (uncredited)
The Affair of the Necklace 2001 Count Cagliostro
America's Sweethearts 2001 Hal Weidmann
Joe Dirt 2001 Clem
Scotland, Pa. 2001 Lieutenant McDuff
The Opportunists 2000 Victor 'Vic' Kelly
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent 2000 Video Gabriel
Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 Max
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End 1999 TV Movie Jacob Witting
Sleepy Hollow 1999 Hessian Horseman
Vendetta 1999 TV Movie James Houston
Blast from the Past 1999 Calvin
Antz 1998 Colonel Cutter (voice)
The Eternal 1998 Uncle Bill Ferriter
New Rose Hotel 1998 Fox
Illuminata 1998 Bevalaqua
The Prophecy II 1998 Video Gabriel
Mousehunt 1997 Caeser, the Exterminator
Suicide Kings 1997 Carlo Bartolucci Charlie Barret
Excess Baggage 1997 Ray
Touch 1997 Bill Hill
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996 Video Game David Hassan
Ripper 1996 Video Game Det. Vince Magnotta
Last Man Standing 1996 Hickey
The Funeral 1996 Ray
Basquiat 1996 The Interviewer
Celluloide 1996
Nick of Time 1995 Mr. Smith
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 The Man with the Plan

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jungle Book 2016 performer: "I Wanna Be Like You 2016"
One More Time 2015 performer: "When I Live My Life Over Again Paul Solo", "Somethin' Stupid", "When I Live My Life Over Again Big Band Version
Peter Pan Live! 2014 TV Movie performer: "Vengeance", "Hook's Tango", "Hook's Tarantella", "A Wonderful World Without Peter", "Hook's Waltz"
Jersey Boys 2014 performer: "My Mother's Eyes"
Rage 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Hairspray 2007 performer: " You're Timeless to Me" 2001
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 performer: "Delilah", "Red Headed Woman"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken 2004 TV Special performer: "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", "Lady", "Boulevard of Broken Balls" - uncredited
Undertaking Betty 2002 performer: "Saying Goodbye" written by Human
Puss in Boots 1988 performer: "A Happy Cat", "I'll Watch Over You - Cat's Lullaby", "Genteel", "Stick Your Neck out Now and Then", "A Happy Cat Reprise"
Pennies from Heaven 1981 performer: "Let's Misbehave" 1927
The Deer Hunter 1978 performer: "Down From Heaven" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Blaine: Beyond Magic 2016 TV Movie narration by
Fatboy Slim: Weapon of Choice 2001 Video short choreographer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Popcorn Shrimp 2001 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Popcorn Shrimp 2001 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Rose Hotel 1998 co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Balls Out: The Making of 'Balls of Fury' 2007 Video documentary short special thanks
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Dark Side of the Knight 2005 Video documentary short special thanks
Walkentalk 2003 Short special thanks
The Big Brass Ring 1999 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema 3 2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Tria33 2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Today 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2010-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Lidia Celebrates America 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Making of Peter Pan Live! 2014 TV Movie documentary Captain Hook
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself - Peter Pan Live
The Daily Show 2007-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 2013 Documentary Himself
The Lowdown on Making Stand Up Guys 2013 Video short Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 1995-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Stand Up Guys: American Muscle - The Stand Up Stunt Driving Scenes 2013 Video short Himself
Stand Up Guys: The Stand Up Songs of Jon Bon Jovi 2013 Video short Himself
Discord and Harmony: Creating a Late Quartet 2013 Video documentary short Himself - 'Peter'
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reel Junkie 2012 TV Series Himself
The Screen Junkies Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2004-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cooking with Christopher Walken 2012 Short Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Holiday Special 2011 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Joe Papp in Five Acts 2010 Documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again 2010 TV Special documentary Himself
Guión busca estrella 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2009 Video short Himself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Saturday Night Live 1990-2008 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / The Continental / ...
Balls Out: The Making of 'Balls of Fury' 2007 Video documentary short Himself / Feng
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Rove Live 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2000-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
It's 'Hairspray'! 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Film '85 BBC Report 2006 Video short Himself
Getaway 2006 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Traveller
Shootout 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos 2005 TV Movie Himself
The 100 Greatest War Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's a Good Day: The Making of 'Around the Bend' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Lorne Michaels 2004 TV Movie Himself - Speaker
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Stepford: A Definition 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Stepford Husbands 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
HBO First Look 2002-2004 TV Series documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Man on Fire' 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
The Rundown: Rumble in the Jungle 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Rundown: Running Down the Town 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Rundown: Walken's World 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Work of Director Spike Jonze 2003 Video documentary Himself (segment "Weapon of Choice") (uncredited)
'Catch Me If You Can': The Casting of the Film 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Past Winner & Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Charlie Rose 1999-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2003 TV Movie Himself
The Papp Project 2001 Documentary Himself
The Movie Chart Show 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself
The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2001 Himself
I Love 1980's 2001 TV Series documentary Maximillion 'Max' Zorin
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend 2000 Video documentary short Himself / The Hessian Horseman
Rotten TV 2000 TV Series Himself
The 54th Annual Tony Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Cast and Crew 1999 Video short Himself
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself
The Making of 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
El Magacine 1999 TV Series Himself
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Secret World of 'Antz' 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'True Romance' 1993 Video documentary short Himself
Saturday Zoo 1993 TV Series Himself - Reading 'Three Little Pigs'
Late Night with David Letterman 1992 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cinéma cinémas 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
Good Morning America 1979-1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Moving Image Salutes Sidney Poitier 1989 TV Movie Himself
Encounters of the Fourth Kind 1989 TV Movie Himself
Moving Image Salutes James Stewart 1988 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 1987 TV Series Himself
The Gershwin Gala 1987 TV Movie Himself
Moving Image Salutes Sidney Lumet 1985 TV Movie Himself
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1980 TV Series Himself - Guest
Film '72 1980 TV Series Himself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Annual Theatre World Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strange Inheritance 2017 TV Series Himself
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series Gabriel
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
An SNL Valentine 2015 TV Special The Continental
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Peter Pan Live!
The Women of SNL 2010 TV Movie Various
La saga Bettoun - seconde partie 2009 Video documentary short
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 2009 Video documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler 2009 TV Special Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Secretary William Cleary
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Under the Balls: The Life of a Ball Wrangler 2007 Video documentary short Feng (uncredited)
Empreintes 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation 2007 TV Special documentary Various (uncredited)
Cinema 3 2007 TV Series Tom
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade 2005 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Batman Returns Villains: Max Shreck 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks 2004 TV Special Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken 2004 TV Special Himself / Various
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell - Volume 2 2004 Video documentary Walter (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri 2004 TV Special documentary Vic (uncredited)
Best Ever Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell 2002 TV Movie documentary Bruce Dickinson (uncredited)
Top of the Pops 2001 TV Series The Dancer
Inside 'A View to a Kill' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 1999 Video Guardian Angel (segment "Bad Girl")
The James Bond Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Max Zorin (uncredited)
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond 1987 TV Movie documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Seven Psychopaths (2012) · Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Zeljko Ivanek
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Gabourey Sidibe
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2012 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Line in a Movie Seven Psychopaths (2012)
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story Hairspray (2007) · John Travolta
2008 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeifer
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· James Marsden
· Taylor Parks
· Allison Janney
2008 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
2008 Ensemble Cast Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· Queen Latifah
· James Marsden
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Brittany Snow
· John Travolta
2007 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· John Travolta
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Amanda Bynes
· James Marsden
· Brittany Snow
· Zac Efron
· Elijah Kelley
· Allison Janney
2005 Marquee Award CineVegas International Film Festival
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama Around the Bend (2004)
2005 VGA Spike Video Game Awards Best Supporting Male Performance True Crime: New York City (2005)
2004 Best Actor Montréal World Film Festival Around the Bend (2004)
2003 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Supporting Actor of the Year
2001 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
1998 Master Screen Artist Tribute USA Film Festival
1997 Special Mention Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema The Addiction (1995)
1995 Actor Award Gotham Awards
1988 Magnolia Award Shanghai International TV Festival Best Actor Deadline (1987)
1979 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Deer Hunter (1978)
1978 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The Deer Hunter (1978)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Seven Psychopaths (2012)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Seven Psychopaths (2012) · Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Zeljko Ivanek
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Gabourey Sidibe
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2008 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Paul Dooley
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· James Marsden
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hairspray (2007) · Nikki Blonsky
· Amanda Bynes
· Paul Dooley
· Zac Efron
· Allison Janney
· Elijah Kelley
· James Marsden
· Michelle Pfeiffer
· Queen Latifah
· Brittany Snow
· Jerry Stiller
· John Travolta
2007 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
2005 Prism Award Prism Awards Performance in a Feature Film Around the Bend (2004)
2004 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Gigli (2003)
2003 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Breakaway Performance Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2003 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor The Country Bears (2002)
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2002 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2002 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actor The Country Bears (2002)
2000 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Sleepy Hollow (1999)
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Sleepy Hollow (1999)
1996 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Prophecy (1995)
1993 American Television Award American Television Awards Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie Skylark (1993)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
1984 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor The Dead Zone (1983)
1980 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor The Deer Hunter (1978)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture The Deer Hunter (1978)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
2002 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Catch Me If You Can (2002)
1978 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Deer Hunter (1978)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor The Deer Hunter (1978)


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1 I really just stay home, except when I go to work... so in that sense I suppose I'm a regular guy.
2 Males in all nature, they have their plumage. I always think of my hair as a kind of attention-getting device. You know, it basically says, 'Look at me,' and if you're in show business, that's not such a bad thing. It might be difficult if I worked in an office.
3 When I was a kid my parents gave me piano lessons and guitar lessons for a while, but I was never very good at it. I have big, sort of awkward hands. It's hard to keep going when you don't get any better.
4 [on protecting Bonny the dog from Seven Psychopaths (2012) at the Toronto International Film Festival] There was this huge guy standing next to me yelling, 'Let me pick her up.' And I'm protecting the dog, thinking, 'If you touch that dog, I will crack you right in the face.'
5 Somebody once said that 80 percent of directing actors is casting them in the first place. So you hope that they hired you because you have some particular quality that is going to be useful to them in the movie. Good directors usually hire you and then they kind of leave you alone.
6 My life is anything but eccentric. I've been married for forty-six years and I pay all my bills, and I live in a house where the lawn is always cut and I'm nice to my cat.
7 [on acting] There's a playpen aspect. When it's good, it's always there. You're a bit like kids, and you're in a sandbox, and you're making it up - or you think you are. A good director really is like a lifeguard. He sits on a big chair and he's got all these crazy kids in the sandbox and they're playing. Every once in a while, one of them slips or falls out of the sandbox or whatever, and a good director just picks him up and puts him back inside and proceeds.
8 [on what some see as quirky vibes in his performances] I was, in a sense, raised by musical-comedy people: gypsies, comics. It makes you almost from another country. And I think that in movies that strangeness almost easily translates into menacing or malevolent. When people do my voice and imitate me, I think it's almost that they're making fun of my accent. I grew up with people who spoke English as a second language. It could be I have an accent.
9 [on playing Stanley in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'] When I screamed ''Stella!' they couldn't stop laughing.
10 [rules to live by] Take care of yourself - eat good, sleep, not too much stress. Don't be greedy!
11 [on making "Weapon of Choice"] I had made a musical called Pennies from Heaven (1981). The director of the video, Spike Jonze, saw that and said, 'Christopher can dance. Ask him to do the video.' I rehearsed the dance every day for three weeks with the choreographer. Then, we went to the location. We shot very quickly. I think we made the whole thing in 12 hours.
12 [on airports] I can't stand going to the airport. I avoid it as much as I can. I just can't stand it, it's really an ordeal. And if it's an international flight, and you have to fill out those immigration cards? Stay home!
13 I asked this girl to go to the prom and she said she would but that she had a boyfriend, an older guy. Then she took out her wallet and showed me a picture of this handsome guy with the hair, the teeth, who looked like a Greek statue. I thought, All right, and then I asked to see it again and said, "This is not a photograph. You cut this out of a magazine." She got farmisht and said, "Yes, you're right, I did. I'm so madly in love with him. His name is Elvis Presley." She went with me to the prom. I had her in a compromising position. That's what you get for lying.
14 I know what I'm doing onstage. But in films I have to depend on the kindness of strangers.
15 [on his style] Garish. Especially when I was younger -- I was always a bit exotic. Never wore a hat because the hair was more important.
16 If somebody were to do the story of my life, not that anybody would, it would be about my wife and me around the house. It would be like watching paint dry.
17 When it's wet, I stick it up with some gunk and walk around and let the air dry it and then it stays there. I have good hair. I have a lot of hair. Whatever I do must be good for it, because I've still got so much. Every time I meet guys I went to school with, they've got no hair.
18 I use punctuation, but I finish the sentence and put [in] a period but it's not necessarily where somebody else would. I think everybody should talk the way they want. You go to school and you all sit there and all learn to do the same thing. I guess it's necessary but it's too bad also, in a way. Kids, you know, get kind of restrained in a lot of ways. I probably wouldn't get a job as an English teacher.
19 [In 1993] I never was a big fan of school, to tell you the truth. I never had kids, but I suspect if I did, I wouldn't encourage them to go to school. I never liked it myself. I was always grateful for being taught to read. I figured that once that had been done for me, that's the big thing. A little bit of adding, subtracting, multiplying, that sort of thing. And you have to learn to write, at least a letter. But beyond that, I think people are over-educated. I think education will come if you want it. I read what I want to read, so that's what I know about. You can't know everything, so you should concentrate on what you're interested in. The whole concept of general education-I think it makes for vague minds.
20 {On his home in Wilton, CT] At night I have possums, skunks, lots of raccoons. They come right in the house, through the cat door, and they bring their babies in. I get up at night and they're in the kitchen, eating all the cat food.
21 There are just certain roles - well, they never ask me to play the guy that gets the girl, even though I've been married for 41 years now, so I did get the girl.
22 My weakness as a director was if somebody would ask me something I'd say, "Just do whatever you want". My impression is that a director must be a little like a general. You'd hate me to be running a war because I wouldn't know what anybody is doing.
23 [on taking clothes from movie sets] For example, [Batman Returns (1992)], when I was shooting it I got very interesting clothes and accessories. On my last day of shooting I had already thought a long time about what I would like to take with me. I had some beautiful cuff links. When I had finished my last scene and went back to my dressing room everything was already gone. Everything!
24 Well, I missed the boat on computers. I think I was really just on the cusp. If I had been a little bit younger, I probably would have a computer. But when they came along, it looked so boring to me that I just never bothered. But also when something is ubiquitous, it's almost redundant. I don't have a wristwatch either because if I need to know what time it is, I ask somebody. I got stuck in an airport a while ago, and I always carry quarters so that I can use the payphone, and I tried all these payphones and they just didn't work. I guess nobody uses them anymore. And somebody asked: "Would you like to use my cell phone?" There are enough of them around. If I need to know something about something, I say to my wife: "Can you check this out on your computer", and she comes back within ten minutes with the information. I use it, I just don't have it.
25 Morning is the best time to see movies.
26 I remember once, years ago, I was walking out a door - I'd been having a conversation and I was walking out the door, and this guy said to me, "Chris," and I stopped and I turned, and he said, "Be careful." And I never forgot that. And it comes back to me often: Be careful. That was good advice.
27 That's supposed to be a fact, that the question mark is originally from an Egyptian hieroglyph that signified a cat walking away. You know, it's the tail. And that symbol meant - well, whatever it is when they're ignoring you.
28 My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn't a job.
29 I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore. Very good.
30 Most of the jobs I get are basically very unwholesome people. There's always something wrong with the guy, and sometimes something deeply wrong. I'm tired of that. I tell my agent I want a Fred MacMurray part. I want a part where I have a wife and kids and a dog and a house, and my kids say to me, "What do you think I should do, Dad?" and I say, "Be careful."
31 I always figured that if I'm gonna be playing these people, that there should be this relationship to the audience that is very clear. "That's Chris, and look at Chris having a good time, wanting to take over the world and sink California and shoot everybody in the room" - just so long as they understand that that's Chris on the set having fun. And that Chris wouldn't really do anything like that.
32 I love spaghetti. And I like to cook spaghetti. And I used to eat it every day. I weighed thirty pounds more than I do now. You can't - you can't do that. Ice cream - I love to watch television and eat ice cream. But that's like a ten-year-old. I can't do that anymore. Beer. Beer, spaghetti, ice cream.
33 When you're onstage and you know you're bombing, that's very, very scary. Because you know you gotta keep going - you're bombing, but you can't stop. And you know that half an hour from now, you're still gonna be bombing. It takes a thick skin.
34 I had an agent when I first got into the movies who said to me, "You're gonna be in Los Angeles now once in a while. If somebody invites you to a party, don't go. Stay in your room, go to the movies." And I have a feeling I know sort of what he meant: Don't show your face around too much. Let 'em be a little glad to see you.
35 It all happened when I did The Deer Hunter (1978)]. Suddenly - I'd already been in show business for thirty years, and nothing much had happened. I mean, I really was laboring in obscurity, and then suddenly this movie. It was kind of infectious, and I really did become rather social. Gregarious. And that lasted, I don't know, ten years.
36 Sometimes I look at this watch and I think, "There's some guy that puts these little screws in there?" There is something about it. I'm not into cars, either, but there is something about a really magnificent car.
37 They say that the human smile is in fact one of those primordial things - that in fact it's a showing of teeth, that it's a warning. That when we smile, in a primeval way it has to do with fear.
38 There's something dangerous about what's funny. Jarring and disconcerting. There is a connection between funny and scary.
39 When I was a kid, there was someone in my family, an adult, and whenever I saw them, they would say, "You got a lotta nerve." From the time I was a little kid, it was always like, "Heh, heh, heh - you got a lotta nerve." I always thought, What does that mean? But then when I got older, I thought that it was an instruction. If you tell a kid something, it sticks. I think I do have a lot of nerve. But, I mean, I think I maybe got it from that person who said it to me.
40 I don't like zoos. Awful.
41 Professional dancers don't go dancing.
42 Golf. My God, that's a mysterious occupation. I know people who are - good friends - who are absolutely smitten, practicing their swing and talking about it. I can understand some sort of sport where your body got a benefit, like marathon running or bicycle racing. That's not golf. And not only that, but the whole business of standing in the sun - my God. That's like torture.
43 Me and Dennis Hopper, when we were doing that scene in True Romance (1993), it was hilarious. It really was - including shooting him. All that laughing was real. He was killing me. And all the guys around us - that was a very cracking-up day.
44 [on Quentin Tarantino] Movie scripts are usually pretty loose - things usually change a lot. But not with Quentin. His scripts are absolutely huge. All dialogue. It's all written down. You just learn the lines. It's more like a play.
45 I would make a very bad killer in real life because I don't think I could even pick up a gun, much less actually shoot one. Guns make me very nervous. They're dangerous. I'm more of a pacifist than anyone could imagine.
46 People think that my favorite roles to do are villains, but I find comedy to be the most challenging and rewarding.
47 I think that movie sets when they're good, are a lot like sandboxes.
48 {On his process of acting] You know. it's really tricky. People have no idea. How do you do it? Most of the time I don't. I mean, I can't. You just do it as well as you can. And, hopefully, you did some good stuff here and some good stuff there. The best part is going home in the car at the end of the day, and thinking, "I was good".
49 With stage fright you keep on doing it and eventually the fear goes away. If you stick around long enough you become very hard to intimidate. It is very difficult to make me nervous about working these days. There have been so many times when I thought I was finished, but it was not true - you just keep going. I am scared of sickness, pollution and crazy people but, work-wise, there is nothing to frighten me.
50 [on why he hates not to be working] When I don't have any work sometimes, a kind of thing sets in where my mind shuts down. It's almost like hibernation. It's not that I'm unhappy, but I'm not thinking anything. Then I'll go and watch television. And after an hour or two, I'll think, "You're just sitting there watching television and it's not even interesting". And there's nothing to do. Life becomes meaningless.
51 What I used to do was, I'd get the script and see who the character was - a spy, a lumberjack, whatever - then I'd try to dress the part for the audition, to give the impression that I was tough or funny or whatever the part seemed to call for. That was always a disaster. I would never get the job. If I learned anything it's not to do anything like that. Now if they want to look at me, I go in and let them look at me. Let them figure out their own reasons for why they'd want to hire me.
52 [on how he memorizes lines and prepares for a role] What I do has a lot to do with the words. My favorite thing is to have two scripts at the same time, and study them simultaneously in the kitchen. Go over the words, over and over, do them different ways, different inflections and rhythms. For me, rhythm is very important. I think we express ourselves as much with rhythm as with the words. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. I think it's very true. If you start to say your lines and it sounds right, usually I stick with that. If it sounds right, it probably is right. It's curious, how you're not collaborating with anyone at that point, and by the time you get there with other actors on the set, usually what you've done at home makes sense, and it's acceptable to everybody. The thing I have trouble with, because I'm so dependent on knowing my lines, is that if suddenly somebody says, "Here's a big speech. You're going to do that instead," I get lost. At that point, I understand why Marlon Brando loves cue cards.
53 There were years when I didn't do anything but collect unemployment. I worked a lot, but I worked for nothing. I worked for 15 years as a kind of janitor at the Actors Studio. I would do manual things. I did lots of plays, theater workshops, for nothing.
54 People always comment about my hair. It is unusual for a man my age to have so much.
55 [on if he does research to prepare for a role] No. The soul is in the words, comes from the words, not research. [Research is] useless, waste of time. And exhausting. I just don't know how to do it. I only know my own experiences. People are completely mysterious to me. Even in my own family I have no idea what any of them are thinking.
56 {on what makes him choose parts] Lots of things. The script, the directors, the location, the actors, how much are they going to pay me? How long is it going to take?
57 I've always been a character actor, although I'm not quite sure what that means. All my scripts are absolutely covered in notes, so any time I say anything - even "pass the salt" - I have six subtexts, comments on what I really mean when I'm saying that. Maybe that's what gives the impression that I'm saying one thing and thinking something else.
58 I'm serious. I do not like the unknown or the unexpected. I cannot stand being surprised, yet as an actor I like surprise. I get very upset if my bills aren't paid immediately.
59 I would like to be a very old man and still be acting. So I feel lucky to have stuck around for this long. You have to be good and all that, but you also have to be lucky. I guess in everything. But especially if you're an actor. So I got no complaints.
60 I won't do commercials either.  I don't want to sell anything.  As an actor, it's tricky.  You have this platform and it has to do with your face, your charisma.  It's tricky when you endorse something because people are liable to believe you.  Be careful.
61 I was already 35 years old, and I'd been in show business for 30-plus years, and suddenly there was this big movie and I was getting an Oscar, and this enormous thing happened. In Annie Hall (1977), I played the strange brother who wanted to drive into oncoming cars. Immediately after that was The Deer Hunter (1978), where I played this nice guy who shoots himself in the head. Something happened there. The fact that they came so close together, and they were both important movies, two big public things where I was simultaneously . . . "disturbed". That got the ball rolling for me in terms of being an actor.
62 {On Pulp Fiction (1994)] I put aside an hour every day to go over that monologue again and again for months, and every time I got to the end of it, I would crack up.
63 I have this theory about words. There's a thousand ways to say "Pass the salt". It could mean, you know, "Can I have some salt?" or it could mean, "I love you.". It could mean, "I'm very annoyed with you". Really, the list could go on and on. Words are little bombs, and they have a lot of energy inside them.
64 I have been in movies that I thought I wasn't very good in. I think, "Chris, don't let your mouth hang open like that next time. Look at that facial tic. Don't walk in such a self-conscious way!" But sometimes, I watch myself and I think that I am terrific--and that is really nice.
65 [on his routine] I get up early, at six or seven, and have coffee. I usually read in the morning. And then, if I have a script, I do that for a while. Then I exercise at a certain time. About noon. I like to cook, so usually, I'll be making something. And I have my script. My favorite thing is to have two scripts. It's great to study two things at the same time.
66 I eat the same things all the time: fish, hardly ever meat. Chicken, vegetables. I'm fond of steamed sea bass over leeks. I don't drink hard liquor. I like wine.
67 I don't particularly like to do anything dangerous. And here I was in Bangkok [filming The Deer Hunter (1978)]. I was in the jungle and in the mountains. Being an actor has taken me places that I never would have gone to . . . It's been a very interesting life.
68 [on guns] I don't even like holding them. Whenever I hold a gun, I want to get it out of my hand as quick as possible.
69 [on how he selects his acting roles] I don't choose that much. I just sort of take what's there. I don't have much else to do. I don't have a lot of hobbies. I don't play golf. I don't have any children. Things that occupy people's time. I just try to take jobs. I basically work so much because I'm lazy.
70 I believe in saving money. I believe in having a house. I believe in keeping things clean. I believe in exercising. Slow and steady is a very good thing for me. It works for me.
71 Careers are not often as chosen as people think they are. People talk to me about my choices. I don't make choices, hardly. Things happen, and you say yes or no - usually 'yes', because it's always better to do something. What's the choice? Somebody will say, 'Don't do that part, you don't need to do that part.' And I'll say, 'Why not? What am I going to do? Sit around the house? I'd much rather go to work, and see actors, and have fun.
72 Back home, I do the same things every day. Exactly the same. I eat at the same time, I get up at the same time, I do the same things in the same order. I read. I have coffee. Then I study my scripts, I exercise on the treadmill, I make myself a little something to eat. I am a great believer in the Mediterranean diet.
73 I've enjoyed making movies for lots of different reasons. Sometimes, it was the other people. Sometimes, it was the fact that I was really good in it. Sometimes, it was the location. Sometimes, it was the paycheck. Sometimes, it can be lots of different things, or a lot of those things. Or there can be reasons why you'd like to avoid it the next time. Like the jungle. I've made a couple of movies in the jungle, and I don't want to go back to the jungle.
74 Bear costumes are funny... Bears as well.
75 I used to be prettier than I am, but I think I look better now. I was a pretty boy. Particularly in my early movies. I don't like looking at them so much. There's a sort of pretty thing about me.
76 I always think that in movies or on stage, two people can be talking to each other - the audience doesn't necessarily have to know what they're talking about, just so long as they know that *you* know what you're talking about.
77 I think that a good movie creates its own world, and that world needn't refer to anything that's real. If it's consistent, if it's entertaining, if it's interesting, it justifies its being there.
78 At its best, life is completely unpredictable.
79 Emotional power is maybe the most valuable thing that an actor can have.
80 I can't imagine being somebody else. And anything I play, my reference is completely from the planet Showbusiness. I don't know anything about anybody else, people that I've known all my life - my family, my brothers - I don't know... I only know about me.
81 If you want to learn how to build a house, build a house. Don't ask anybody, just build a house.
82 My hair was famous before I was.
83 Is typecasting really a problem?
84 I make movies that nobody will see. I've made movies that even I have never seen.
85 I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own.

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1 Often plays criminals and crime bosses
2 Deep gravelly voice
3 These days his hair is always greased back or standing up
4 Frequently plays very calm, restrained individuals with immense capacities for violence
5 Distinctive, clipped delivery
6 Haunting, dark humour filled monologues
7 Always tries to work a jig (dance) into his movies

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