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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.