Christopher Walken, an American actor, known professionally as Ronald Walken, has featured in more than 100 Hollywood films and TV shows, including Annie Hall, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, The Prophecy trilogy, The Deer Hunter, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, Hairspray and Seven Psychopaths, etc. many successful movies. Christopher Walken has seized plenty of prestigious awards and nominations during his career: He was ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in 1978 for his portrayal of Nikanor “Nick” Chebotarevich in The Deer Hunter and received the Academy Award. Here are some of the fascinating facts and unheard things that you might not be aware about.
Christopher Walken began as a Lion Tamer
With a single glint, you can easily know that Christopher Walken has not had a normal life. You don’t come out looking like a man-musteline and sounding like a bridge mythical monster who received elocution tutorials from the Lost in Space robot after a lifetime spent throwing horse meat at Arby’s. So while it was specifically unusual and unexpected, we were surprised to reckon that Christopher Walken worked as a lion tamer in a traveling circus when he was 13.
In fact, he was more of a lion tamer’s personal assistant. Christopher “Makes Broadway Dance Moves Intimidating” Walken could leap, uninjured, straight into the mouth of a great cat straight outta junior high. But apart from this sweeping thing, he trained one lion at a time instead of several. According to Walken,
“It was more like a big dog than anything.”
It’s typically not an underestimation:
Walken found the position advertised somewhere in the help wanted section and genuinely applied for it because he had always liked cats. That’s quite similar like saying you have coincidentally jumped into the volcano because you do well and warm with heat. Most of the heavy lion haggling was done by the owner of the circus, with Walken posturing as his son. When the tamer was finished, he’d deliberately leave the teenage Walken alone with “Sheba”. Christopher Walken would crack his flog to make her do treats and tricks. Envision Christopher Walken fighting a lion with nothing but a bit of fancy rope, it was all for show as in real life, he and Sheba were best friends.
Academy award-winning actor is also a screenwriter and director as still many people don’t know that before he moved onto the silver screen, he trained as a musical theater dancer. In most of his movies, he’s managed to put a few of his brilliant dances moves into the role.
Here’s some of his dance scenes edited together by Ben Craw and Smash TV.