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Actor Christopher Walken attends the Vanity Fair party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 21, 2009 in New York City.
The intriguing actor wasn’t always known as Christopher. He was born, Ronald Walker and acted as a child alongside his brothers on television. He is pictured at bottom in 1955 as “Ronnie Walken” in clown makeup. A native to Queens, New York he studied dance and theater locally. He changed his name officially to Christopher in 1964 because a friend thought it suited him better than Ronald (he is pictured in that year below, right). His unique, halting delivery is often imitated and is described by a crew member from King of New York as a happy side effect to struggling with lines. He has been married to casting director, Georgianne Walken for 40 years. Check out Walken through the years here.
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