Christopher Walken's 5 Greatest Moments

03/31/2014 06:22 pm 18:22:46 | Updated Mar 31, 2014

Esteemed actor Christopher Walken turns 71 on March 31.

In the 60-some years the silver fox has graced cinema screens, he has shown the world he is truly a jack of all trades. He can cook, dance on ceilings, schmooze and talk his way out of a bad situation. No matter the role, he consistently delivers haunting and hilarious performances and always manages to squeeze in a little jig.

In honor of the man with the silkiest voice in Hollywood, we present to you our favorite Christopher Walken moments.

  • 6 His Reading Of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"
  • Walken's singature voice is all about punctuation. In this clip for BBC 1, Walken reads the lyrics to Lady's Gaga's "Poker Face."
  • 5 That Epic Tap Dance Scene In "Pennies From Heaven"
  • Walken's got moves, that's undeniable. In the 1981 film "Pennies From Heaven," starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, Walker performs a show-stopping tap routine. His glorious footwork in MGM's last musical earned him praises from both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, according to the Biography Channel.
  • 4 His Cameo As The Suicidal Brother In "Annie Hall"
  • This may be one of Walken's most overlooked roles, but it's one of his greatest. In Woody Allen's 1977 film "Annie Hall," Walken appears in a cameo as the suicidal brother of Annie Hall, played by Diane Keaton. In a conversation with Woody Allen's character, Walken details his darkest thoughts while behind the wheel.
  • 3 That Epic "More Cowbell" Skit For "SNL"
  • In 2000, the catchphrase "More Cowbell" was born in this "Saturday Night Live" skit featuring Walken, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon and other "SNL" greats. Set in a fictional recording studio, Walken plays "legendary" music producer Bruce Dickinson, who's advice is simply "more cowbell" to improve the Blue Öyster Cult song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."
  • 2 His Entrance Scene In "All-American Murder"
  • In this clip from the 1991 direct-to-video thriller "All-American Murder", Walken as policeman P.J. Decker shows everybody who's the boss at a hostage scene. Shoving women and children aside to get front row and center of the scene, Walken goes on to deliver some incredible one-liners in his signature dead-pan style like.
  • 1 BONUS: Every Dance Move In Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice"
  • For Fatboy Slim's 2001 "Weapon Of Choice" music video, directed by Spike Jonze, Walken helped choreographed his slick, swaying dance moves. With high elbows, an escalator samba, table-top tap dancing and cartwheels, this music video had it all. His fancy footwork earned him a VH1 Award for Best Actor in a Music Video in 2001.
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