The question recently came up, «what exactly is christopher walken famous for

The question recently came up, «what exactly is Christopher Walken famous for?»  It seems like he is constantly popping up in a host of movies from dramas to comedies and horror flicks, but where exactly in the world of Hollywood does this box office dynamo come from, professionally speaking?  When actors cross the threshold of generations, it is often easy to forget their past achievements, merely becoming acquainted in passing on satellite TV movie channels.  For those still wonder, «who is this guy?» this is the Christopher Walken top movie list.

The Deer Hunter (1978).  In this Vietnam War classic, Walken’s character Nick Chevotarevich begins as a quiet young man, working in steel in Pennsylvania.  He enjoys hunting and nature, and his peaceful existence until joining up with the US army.  After being captured his journey to Vietnam leaves him downtrodden and broken both mentally and physically.  Propelling Walken into international stardom, the film took home a host of Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Christopher Walken, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Picture, and Best Sound.  

Batman Returns (1992).  It’s probably a lot more fun to be the bad guy, and in this classic Batman film Walken shines as the creepy business mogul Max Shreck.  Right hand man to boss Selina Kyle, Schreck has his allegiance in with super villain The Penguin as they together try their hands at taking over Gotham City for good.  A good pick for those who think Batman movies were better before high definition.

Catch Me If You Can (2002). Playing the part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s onscreen father, Frank Abagnale Sr., Walken earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  His son, a professional con man from a young age, is traipsing around the globe committing fraud, while Frank Sr. fights his own battles.  A former success, Frank Sr. loses his home, his wife, and much of his money after committing IRS tax evasion.  A fun thriller, and an opportunity to admire Leo in HD.  

At Close Range (1986).  As the head of an organized crime family, Brad Whitewood Sr. is involved in everything from burglary to murder.  Played by Walken, when Whitewood Sr.’s name is given up to the grand jury by his son, he begins the process of eliminating witnesses… one, by, one.  

Assorted (1978 to Present).  For a good assortment of Christopher Walken films available on the average satellite TV movies line up, try some of these classic Walken characters.  For family fun try movies like Hairspray (2007), Click (2006), The Country Bears (2002) or Mouse Hunt (1997).  For the seedier side of Walken, try films like Man on Fire (2004), The Opportunists (2000), The Prophesy (1995), Suicide Kings (1997), or True Romance (1993).  For something goofy go with comedies like Wayne’s World 2 (1993), Wedding Crashers (2005), Joe Dirt (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), or Balls of Fury (2007).  For a scare, try out Sleepy Hollow (1999), or just to enjoy some good Christopher Walken classics, check him out in the Fat Boy Slim video for Weapon of Choice, or find some old Saturday Night Live Best of Christopher Walken episodes.

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