His latest role is in new British comedy action film Seven Psychopaths. To mark his latest release, here are ten things we discovered about Christopher Walken.
1. Ronald Christopher Walken was born on March 3, 1943 in Queens, New York. His mother was a Scottish immigrant from Glasgow, and his father an immigrant from Germany. His family owned a bakery. He was credited in a few television roles as 'Ronnie' or 'Ken' Walken, before he took his middle name as a first name in 1964 at the suggestion of a friend.
2. Walken's big break came in Woody Allen classic Annie Hall in 1977. He portrayed the suicidal brother of title character Annie, played by Dianne Keaton.
3. Walken won an Oscar for 'Best Supporting Actor' in 1978 for his role in The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Walken played a young steelworker from Pennsylvania whose psyche is destroyed by the horrors of Vietnam. It's claimed that Walken lived off rice, bananas and water for a whole week to get that bag-of-bones look for the final scenes.
4. Even the best actors have a few blips. After his Academy Award nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor' in Catch Me If You Can in 2002, Walken was nominated for a Razzie for 'Worst Supporting Actor' for his roles in The Country's Bears, Kangaroo Jack and the Bennifer-killing monster that was Gigli.
5. He was considered by George Lucas for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, but the role went to Harrison Ford instead.
6. Walken was among the celebrities who featured in Madonna's lovely little coffee table book, SEX. The book included softcore pornographic pictures as well as a few more... ahem... extreme acts on display.
7. Christopher drew on his background as a trained dancer when he appeared in Fatboy Slim's music video for Weapon of Choice. Walken helped choreograph the piece, which saw him dancing and flying around the lobby of a Los Angeles hotel. The video won six MTV awards in 2001. He has also appeared in music videos for Madonna.
8. Walken was a guest on the boat of actress Natalie Wood and husband Robert Wagner in November 1981, when Wood accidentally drowned in California. He had worked with Wood on what became her final film, Brainstorm, which was released two years later. Wood's drowning was deemed to be mysterious in the aftermath of her death, although a recently-reopened investigation into her death found no evidence of foul play.
9. Despite his many villainous and iconic edgy roles, Walken is a favourite on popular comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. He has hosted seven times to date, and has an open invitation from creator Lorne Michaels to host the show whenever his schedule allows. Walken has spoofed his own roles in The Dead Zone and A View To A Kill.
10. Walken for President got off the ground when he was the subject of a candidacy hoax in 2006. A fake website claimed he was running for President of the United States, with some believing the rumours to be true. Walken denied the candidacy claims on Conan O'Brien, although he did propose the campaign slogans "What the hell?" and "No More Zoos!" There is still hope for Walken 2016.