Walken initially trained as a dancer in musical theatre before moving on to theatre and then film. He has a considerable body of work in theatre, with over 100 plays to his credit. Walken won the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in The Lion in Winter in 1966 and an Obie for his 1975 performance in Kid Champion. Walken has also appeared in over 100 movies and television shows since 1953.
He quickly broke into cinema in 1969, appearing in ‘Me and My Brother,’ before appearing alongside Sean Connery in the sleeper heist movie ‘The Anderson Tapes’. In 1979, Walken won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Deer Hunter’, where he played a disturbed Vietnam vet alongside Robert De Niro. Walken was nominated again in 2002 for ‘Catch Me if You Can’.