Jeff Labrecque
March 31, 2011 AT 07:45 PM EDT

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When I think of Christopher Walken, the Oscar-winning actor who celebrates his 68th birthday today, I immediately think of his soliloquy in Pulp Fiction when his Captain Koons tells a young fatherless boy about the long distinguished history of his family’s watch. No, check that: I would have to say that his Saturday Night Live skit where famed producer Bruce Dickinson demands more cow-bell from Will Ferrell on “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is my favorite moment. Hm. Come to think of it, his scene in Annie Hall as Duane the wackjob brother is pretty tough to beat. Stop. I got it: Nothing tops dancin’ Walken in the Fatboy Slim video for “Weapon of Choice.” Wait! Oh jeez. I totally forgot his last tragic scene in The Deer Hunter. Alright, so there’s a lot of great Christopher Walken stuff — don’t forget his “Poker Face” and his suave resident at The Continental. Maybe we should just say happy birthday to the man, and then sit back, relax, and try and enjoy a nice dinner of chicken with caramelized pears.

Happy birthday, Mr. Walken, you delightfully madcap treasure of a man.

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