Christopher Walken is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood. His distinct speech pattern and style have made him one of the most impersonated celebrities. He has acted in over 100 films which include some of the best-known movies in recent times.
Christopher Walken career started back in 1952, and he has since become one of the biggest actors in the industry.
He made the news in May 2020 after Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, an HBO documentary exploring the mysterious death of Natalie Wood was released.
Walken was on-board the yacht with Natalie’s then-husband Robert Wagner when Wood died under mysterious circumstances on November 29, 1981.
What Is The Net Worth Of Christopher Walken, The Hollywood Icon, In 2020?
Christopher Walken’s net worth as of May 2020 is $50 Million. He made this net worth mainly from a career in acting.
Walken’s films have also grossed hundreds of millions at the box office in addition to being critically acclaimed and loved by audiences.
Earnings And Box Office Performance
The star ears around $8.42 Million per year according to various online sources. Similarly, he has worked in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time. The following table is a list of his movies and their box office collections.
|Collection At The Box Office||Movie|
|$64,569||The Jesus Rolls (2019)|
|$21,038,441||Father Figures (2017)|
|$50,880,985||Nine Lives (2016)|
|$604,602||The Family Fang (2016)|
|$962,854,547||The Jungle Book (2016)|
|$14,284||One More Time (2016)|
|$45,060,480||Eddie the Eagle (2016)|
|$3,458,064||Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)|
|$625,231||Peter Pan Live! (2014)|
|$288,241||Turks & Caicos (2014)|
|$65,282,732||Jersey Boys (2014)|
|$30,444||The Power of Few (2013)|
|$6,118,797||Stand Up Guys (2013)|
|$8,038,792||A Late Quartet (2012)|
|$33,035,736||Seven Psychopaths (2012)|
|$255,025||Dark Horse (2012)|
|$2,911,365||Kill the Irishman (2011)|
|$3,231,251||Romance and Cigarettes (2007)|
|$41,780,026||Balls of Fury (2007)|
|$41,342,180||Man of the Year (2006)|
|$283,218,368||Wedding Crashers (2005)|
|$193,571||Around the Bend (2004)|
|$96,150,482||The Stepford Wives (2004)|
|$130,968,579||Man on Fire (2004)|
|$80,831,893||The Rundown (2003)|
|$563,711||Poolhall Junkies (2003)|
|$90,723,216||Kangaroo Jack (2003)|
|$355,612,291||Catch Me if You Can (2002)|
|$16,988,996||The Country Bears (2002)|
|$430,313||The Affair of the Necklace (2001)|
|$160,648,493||America’s Sweethearts (2001)|
|$30,987,695||Joe Dirt (2001)|
|$581,142||The Opportunists (2000)|
|$207,068,340||Sleepy Hollow (1999)|
|$20,416||New Rose Hotel (1999)|
|$26,613,620||Blast from the Past (1999)|
|$1,692,872||Suicide Kings (1998)|
|$61,894,591||Mouse Hunt (1997)|
|$18,115,927||Last Man Standing (1996)|
|$303,300||The Addiction (1995)|
|$212,928,762||Pulp Fiction (1994)|
|$47,965,000||Wayne’s World 2 (1993)|
|$12,309,980||True Romance (1993)|
|$266,824,291||Batman Returns (1992)|
|$2,389,850||King of New York (1990)|
|$50,057,660||The Deer Hunter (1979)|
|$38,251,425||Annie Hall (1977)|
House In Connecticut And Rhode Island
Walken has a rural home in Wilton, Connecticut, US, that he shares with his wife. The price of the property is around $1.57 Million.
Similarly, the pair also have a vacation home in Block Island, Rhode Island, where the average price of a house is $1,060,000.
Cult Fan Following
Walken is perhaps one of the best-known actors in the world with a distinct voice, speech pattern, and acting style.
His performances have ranged from sketch comedy on SNL to intense dramatic performances on films like The Deer Hunter (starring alongside Robert De Niro) for which he won an Oscar.
Most of his performances, be it comedic or dramatic have been iconic. In fact, even his cameos are considered legendary including the one he made on the now-classic Pulp Fiction. Some of his early revered performances include Duane in Annie Hall, the Diane Keaton and Woody Allen film.
Quentin Tarantino declared that the star’s appearance in the ‘Sicilian Scene’ was one of his proudest moments in show business.
Many of his peers also consider him an icon, as a matter of fact, Johnny Depp, a film legend in his own right said that he starred in Nick of Time because he wanted to work with Walken.
In similar fashion, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc. have also been vocal of their appreciation of the actor.
His appearance on the SNL sketch “More Cowbell” is considered comedy gold and has spawned numerous sub-sketches. He also made the phrase ‘it needs more cowbell’ popular.
Walken has also made a lot of other appearances on SNL which are in and of themselves iconic.
Involvement In The Natalie Wood Death Case
Walken was one of the last people to see Natalie Wood, who drowned near the yacht, Splendour, on November 29, 1981.
Christopher Walken and Wood’s then-husband Robert Wagner were on board the yacht. At first, the death was deemed accidental but later the case was reopened in 2011, Christopher has commented on the death saying
“I don’t know what happened. She slipped and fell in the water. I was in bed then. It was a terrible thing. “Look, we’re in a conversation I won’t have. It’s a f***ing bore. What happened that night only she knows, because she was alone,”
The star said that the yacht was slippery and she might’ve fallen over in a complete accident. The police have clarified that Walken was not a suspect in the case. In June 2012, the cause of death was later changed to undetermined.
Over the years Walken has passionately supported various charities among which WhyHunger and Best Friends Animal Society have been helped passionately by the actor.
Christopher Walken used his affiliation with Best Friends Animal Society to save over 733,000 cats and dogs who are killed in US shelters annually. He also owns a cat with his wife Bowtie. They also owned one in the past that was named Flapjack.
Christopher Walken was born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943, in Astoria, New York, U.S. to Paul Walken and Rosalie Russell. After attending his local schools, he went to Hofstra University but dropped out.
Regarding his relationships he is married to Georgianne Thon. They tied the knot in January 1969, more than 51 years ago as of May 2020. They do not have any children together.
There was once a rumor of him running for President of the US, but it was later found that it was a hoax started on the internet by a fake website in 2006. The actor said that he was merely amused at the notion of him running for office.