A Behanding in Spokane
Carmichael, a mysterious (and possibly violent) drifter on a quest to retrieve his missing hand.
Since making his first Broadway appearance at age nine (in The Climate of Eden), this Oscar-winning actor has moved regularly between stage and screen, working often at the Public Theater while putting his unique spin on roles in almost 100 films, from Annie Hall to Hairspray.
Other Honors for This Role
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
2000: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, James Joyce’s The Dead
Born Ronald Walken, the actor was renamed Christopher by sexy actress Monique Van Vooren when he was a 22-year-old backup dancer in her nightclub act. His family and old friends still call him “Ronnie.”
“It’s about a guy who had his hand chopped off by some villains when he was a teenager, and he’s spent the rest of the life looking for his hand. It’s a very good part—actually the four characters in the play, everybody’s got a good part. It’s only 90 minutes and we go out there and it’s kind of like a rock concert.... I was born in New York, I grew up here, and now I’m back and it’s great.” —Walken in interviews with Broadway.com, 3/10