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Christopher Walken A to Z: The Man, the Movies, the Legend

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The Complete Guide To All Things Walken

He’s been a dancer, a baker, a lion tamer, an award-winning actor, and a Hollywood legend. But Christopher Walken has never been the subject of a comprehensive biographical reference—until now.

Here at last is a complete A-to-Z guide to this one-of-a-kind performer, featuring entries on everything from the Actors Studio (the legendar
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Quirk Books (first published August 1st 2008)
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Barry Hammond
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you ever wanted or needed to know about actor Christopher Walken from his movies to his interests to his opinions arranged in handy alphabetical points so you can read it right through or dip into it at random. A great guide to a really interesting performer. - BH.
Jim
Setup like an encyclopedia, a key word or phrase is used as an entry in this collection of facts about Walken. Names, movies & places lead into various trivia about him. It was interesting, but certainly not something I read for any length of time. While waiting for a commercial break or dinner to get ready, it was fun for short intervals, though. Movies are rated using a 5 star system & I found that I pretty much agreed with them. It turned me on to a couple of movies of his that I hadn't seen ...more
Julio Biason
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ibooks, biographies
It's "The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray", but for Christopher Walken: Stories, people, movies, things related to the Christopher Walken, in alphabetical order.

Is it good? Well, that's the point I can really say. One thing that annoys me is that most of what is said in the book comes from other sources; Walken is never interviewed, but all the information is taken from other books and interviews and whatnot, but nothing directly said for the book. Also, because I'm not a super-fan, I can't validate
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Leona
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting format: Topics (i.e. "Hair", "Driving") and movies listed alphabetically and discussed. More insight into Christopher Walken's can be gotten from his own quotes on imdb.com. Book is really author's reviews of Mr. Walken's acting vis a vis the movies themselves. ...more
Shaun Terry jr.
It was fun.
Mandy
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book until right around S to T. Then it got boring. I guess no one's life should be A to Z'd. It needed more pictures and cowbell! ...more
David Keep
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Walken

To judge this book is a flawed exercise. It is a series of facts about Christopher Walken and should be regarded as a sacred text beyond judgment
Valéria.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. I now know another useless things about Walken I can talk about with people who will not listen to me or be interested as much as I am. Though, amazing.
Aaron
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can read it for the juicy behavioural dissection of the man, but you will likely want to suspend reaching the last chapter as long as possible. One only hopes it could be serialised. Hilarious facts and observations about Walken, plus numerous details provided by former costars and his own wife. Walken's phobias (jungles, dirt) and love of cats, not to mention his own narcissistic comments are not without humor and his own unique charm. Every film is categorically explored and either recomme ...more
Jessica King
I don't think there's a good biography out there on Walken, not one he's involved with anyway. So this is just a list of A to Z Walken things that gives you a pretty hazy picture of the guy (though I doubt clarity will ever ever happen). It gave me a lot of movies to add to my "to watch" list. One quote in the end by Julian Schnabel is worth noting, and I truely hope someone says this about me one day: "He's a very private person who lives in his head. When that is interupted, it interferes with ...more
j_ay
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
While I’d rather just read a straight-up biography or collection of interviews, this was an ok little collection of Walken stuff. I haven’t paid much attention to anything cinema since the late 90s, so I was surprised that CW has continued to make movies at such a pace.
The gold binding is a nice touch, although the last few pages, where the author tries to make Walkenisms into poetry, should have been negated at the Bad Idea point, let alone published.
Laura
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This book was amazing in that I learned a whole bunch of cool things about Walken that I didn't know. But I found that reading the book cover to cover was disorienting because of the a to z setup of the book. So I kept getting lost chronologically and had a hard time figuring out what things in his life came in what order. It would be better to use a general reference to all things Walken than as a biography to read as a narrative. ...more
Richard
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made me go back and rewatch pretty much every movie Walken's ever been in. Which, if you weren't aware, is pretty much every movie made in the last twenty years. Jeez, that guy will do anything.

Great, fun little book that compiles all sorts of facts/trivia/random thoughts/weirdness from the genius Walken.
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TrumanCoyote
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The first day of shooting I walk up to Christopher Walken and I said, 'Should I call you Mr Walken or should I call you Chris?' He looks at me and goes, 'Call me Flash.'" --Michael Rosenbaum (co-star in Poolhall Junkies)

(And no, I have no idea why they've got him looking like Eraserhead.)
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Mark Desrosiers
But why does Walken get his own encyclopedia while Dan Duryea A to Z and Thelma Ritter A to Z remain unwritten? ...more
Carla
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I heart Christopher Walken with many hearts. He is a strange man, and this book does nothing to disprove that. But now I have many strange facts to go with the strange man. Did you know Christopher Walken was born in Astoria NY? I think that means we have a little bond between us.
Morgan
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have a fever, and the only cure, is more cowbell." ...more
Stephanie
Good, general book of his various movies and a bit of his history, but not a bio and too "gossipy" for my taste ...more
Drew Raley
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another Schnakenberg cut and paste of internet-sourced factoids.
Celeste
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
Coleslaw for everyone! Walken haiku! Great book to leave lying around and pick up for reference, or just a funny couple of pages. It helps to read all the quotes out loud in Walken-voice.
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Robert Schnakenberg has been called "the Howard Zinn of nerd pop culture." He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Old Man Drinks, Christopher Walken A-to-Z, Secret Lives of Great Authors, and the New York Times bestseller The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray. His work has appeared in Penthouse. ...more

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