Born on March 31, 1943 in New York, Christopher Walken had already started acting by the 1950's. His career started in theatre, but then shifted into television soon after. Today, Walken has appeared in more than 100 films and has won multiple awards and accolades. Fun fact: his hairstyle is all due to his teen obsession with Elvis Presley growing up, and he hasn't changed it since.
The Deer Hunter was one of Walken's most prolific roles, where he stars alongside Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. This 1978 war drama earned Walken his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination under the same category.