Date of Birth : Mar 31st 1943
Walken made his feature film debut with a small role opposite Sean Connery in Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes in 1971. In 1972, Walken played his first starring role in The Mind Snatchers. He plays a sociopathic American soldier stationed in Germany, in a science fiction film which deals with mind control and normalization.
At Close Range starred Walken as Brad Whitewood, a rural Pennsylvania crime boss who tries to bring his two sons into his empire.
Later in 1994, Walken starred in A Business Affair, a rare leading role for him in a romantic comedy. Walken manages to once again feature his trademark dancing scene, as he performs the tango. In 1995, he appeared in Wild Side, The Prophecy, and the modern vampire flick The Addiction (his second collaboration with director Abel Ferrara and writer Nicholas St. John).
In 2000, Walken was cast as the lead, along with Faith Prince, in James Joyce’s The Dead on Broadway. A “play with music”, The Dead was directed by Richard Nelson. The show featured music by Shaun Davey, conducted by Charles Prince with music coordination and percussion by Tom Partington. James Joyce’s The Dead won a Tony Award that year for Best Book for a Musical.
Walken also had a part in the 2003 action comedy film The Rundown starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seann William Scott, in which he plays a ruthless despot.