A famous American screen and stage actor, Christopher Walken was born and raised in New York City. Always interested in the art of acting since his childhood years, he imitated Elvis Presley, his style icon. Christopher worked at many odd jobs during his childhood years and did acting side by side. He started his career in the 1950s as a child actor appearing in small roles in many films and TV series’/shows. With the film ‘The Anderson Tapes’, Christopher started his official acting career and mostly played small roles in many major films. Overtime he started getting better roles in acclaimed films such as ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘True Romance’ and ‘The Deer Hunter’. The Oscar Award winning actor is also known for his intellect and a sharp sense of humour. We have collected the best Christopher Walken quotes on family, life, acting, fame and performances taken from his talk show episodes and interviews.
If you do movies that are modestly budgeted, the way they finance them is they figure out how they can sell them.
If you play a king, it’s better if everybody treats you like a king.
I don’t have kids. Maybe that’s kept me young. I have a wife for almost 50 years and she looks after me a little bit like I was seven years-old.
I’ve made quite a number of movies that I’ve never even seen and I’ve made some movies that I thought were good that nobody saw… Sometimes they end up on television.
I’ve never made a movie I wasn’t surprised to see.
Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. I never know how successful a movie is going to be – when you make a movie you’re always hoping for the best.
As an actor I’m rather hit and miss, I throw a lot out there, and some of it works and some of it doesn’t. But this is a nice part.
Older actors, and women in particular, are getting more opportunities. It pleases me, its very good news for us. They say that people are living longer, and maybe it’s just that there’s more of us out there.
You never forget how to dance. It’s just a matter of your bones working and things like that.
Sometimes a certain innocence is good, but not about yourself.
Death is wonderful because you can’t think about it. How are you gonna think about it?
I know that whenever I think about death, I come up against a stone wall.
One of the difficult things about being an actor is to stick around.
I’ve made a couple of movies in the jungle, and I don’t want to go back to the jungle.
I have always refused to do something that has offended me. I have been offered potential roles that are totally vulgar.
I want to make movies on a soundstage. They close the door and it’s nighttime, daytime. If it has to rain, they make the rain. That’s what I like.
I was never a child actor. I was a child performer.
I play disturbed people a lot, but always with a bit of distance or tongue-in-cheek. Most of the villains I play are essentially harmless.
I think I’m getting a little bit of Alzheimer’s. Just a little.
People think that my favorite roles to do are villains, but I find comedy to be the most challenging and rewarding.
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.
There probably aren’t a lot of actors my age who tap dance.
They have a kind of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby thing going on.
The thing about cooking is it’s so interesting to watch. I don’t know why, but if you go to somebody’s house and they’re making something, they usually say interesting things while they’re cooking.
Well, I was sort of a jack-of-all-trades in show business for a long time. I was a singer and a dancer and then I got a job as an actor.
I think that if I had grown up and had been in show business and the movies twenty five, thirty years earlier, I think I would have made a lot more musical movies.
I think the fact that I was raised in show business, in New York City, in the ’50s, that’s affected my personality to the point that I’m a little different.
To me, there are things you’re good at and things you’re not so good at. For some reason, I’m good at darker characters. It has to do with how you look.
I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it’s my face, the way I look.
I’ve made three musical movies which is pretty good considering that not many are made but I was lucky in other ways. I came along when independent movies were starting to boom.
The best thing for me is, when I’m not working, is to be at home and to have a script or two scripts is better, and to be just walking around the house and just thinking about the lines.
I’m not much of an analyzer or a psychologist.
Somebody said to me that I speak English almost like somebody for whom English is not their first language.
Is typecasting really a problem?
My own way of thinking is very conservative, very linear and not particularly imaginative, but if I look for things in different places, sometimes things happen.
My background is in musical comedy. I didn’t know I was going to be an actor. But all my points of reference have to do with musical comedy and in being kind of a showoff.
I have been in movies that I thought I wasn’t very good in.
I became an actor by accident.
My father passed away a couple of years ago, but he was very old. He was almost a 100 years old. And, you know, he had a very good life. He came to America and he had a good life.
Usually directors hire me because I’m what they are looking for. But once in a while, and it’s very rare, they will hire me and then try to make me over.
When I was a kid I joined the circus. I did that. It is true. But it’s not like you think. There was a guy, he had his own circus. His name was Carol Jacobs and he owned it. It was a small thing.
Some people can do things and get away with it. Comics are famously like that. Why is it that some guys can say the most horrible things and it’s not offensive, it’s funny?
By the time I was 7, I did walk-ons, catalogue modeling, you name it. In the Queens where I grew up, you didn’t go bowling on Saturday; you went to dancing school.
My background is in musical comedy.
I’ve made movies that we’re very successful that we’re a complete surprise, and I’ve made movies that I thought we’re going to be very successful that, you know.
I come from a part of New York that was almost entirely immigrants. I was born in America, but all of my friends’ parents, everybody’s parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe.
I certainly have never been an actor who can play the Everyman guy – or, I don’t tend to get those parts. I’ve tended to play eccentrics. I’ve played a lot of villains, of course.
I never know when I am being funny, and the other way too. I don’t think you can think about that. I don’t think you can try to be funny. Some people are just funny.
I play a lot of, maybe a little bit, cartoonish people. I’ve been a Bond villain, and I play a lot of villains, people who want to take over something.
I think the fact that I grew up in show business had a real effect on my personality. If you were born in New York during the golden age of television, and you grew up on Broadway, that marks you.
When videotape came so a lot of movies that I do have a kind of afterlife in video. Things where movies that I do would come and go; they still come and go but you can go rent them and see them on TV.
I think that sometimes when they see me in a movie they expect me to be something nasty. I mean, I play a lot of villains and you show up and they think maybe… That’s why it’s good to defy expectations sometimes.
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.
I think if you do something effectively whether you’re the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play; movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you’ll get asked to play that part again.
I became an actor by accident. I suppose I figured since I was in musical comedy from the time I was a teenager, I suppose I figured that I’d always been in that world to some extent.
Onstage I have a natural chutzpa that audiences like. I’m out there.