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Christopher Walken on Why He Never Had Children with His Wife of 50 Years

Ra'eesah Manack
Sep 06, 2019
10:36 A.M.
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Christopher Walken is one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood. He also famously appeared Captain Cook in the musical production of "Peter Pan Live!" on TV.

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Being married to someone famous can not be easy, but Georgianne Thon and her famous hubby, Christopher Walken seem to be the perfect pair. Married for over 50 years, their relationship is a rarity in Hollywood.

Both have bustling and prosperous careers. While their lives seem picture-perfect, fans can't help but wonder why they chose not to have children.

 Christopher Walken arrives at the premiere of CBS Films' "Seven Psychopaths" at Mann Bruin Theatre | Getty Images

Christopher Walken arrives at the premiere of CBS Films' "Seven Psychopaths" at Mann Bruin Theatre | Getty Images

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Meeting and Marriage

Georgianne Thon met Christopher Walken during the tour of “West Side Story.” They tied the knot in January 1969.

About their meeting, Georgianne said, "When you met him, you knew he had this future. He was good and was gonna be better. It was a very compelling idea. And I had never met anybody like that in my life."

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend a hand and footprints ceremony honoring Christopher Walken at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre | Getty Images

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend a hand and footprints ceremony honoring Christopher Walken at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre | Getty Images

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She went on to reveal that being married to him is interesting. Georgianne also explained that she is delighted by the many characters he portrays.

"It’s very interesting being married to a man who is constantly playing a different person. You’re always living with a different person. He never tells me what part he’s playing when he’s getting ready. It just descends on me one day. Very interesting," said Georgianne. "I think that twinkle in his eye is always there, however scary the guy he’s playing."

 Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival  | Getty Images

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival | Getty Images

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Deciding Not To Have Children

With a love story as sweet and as long-lasting as the Walkens, fans often wonder why they did not have children. However, the couple reportedly decided not to have children.

"I didn’t, so I could get by even in periods of unemployment."

Christopher revealed that he believes it was a good decision because he feels he would have been forced to choose between them and his acting career. He admits that if they had children he would have picked his family over his job.

 Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the 2008 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street | Getty Images

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the 2008 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street | Getty Images

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"I’m sure many of the kids I knew as a child would have continued in show business, but they had kids of their own [and] had to do something dependable," said Christopher. "I didn’t, so I could get by even in periods of unemployment."

A Regular Guy

Their decision allowed Christopher to pursue his dream and become wildly famous. However, despite his fame, Christopher insists he is a normal guy who is happily in love with his wife.

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse | Getty Images

Christopher Walken and wife Georgianne Walken attend the Vanity Fair party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse | Getty Images

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"My life is really quite conservative. I’ve been married nearly 50 years," said Christopher. "I don’t have hobbies or children. I don’t much care to travel. I’ve never had a big social life. I just stay at home, except when I go to work. So in that sense, I’m a regular guy."

The actor is also choosing to appear in less eccentric roles recently. Opting to play the roles of regular men instead of his usual psycho and weirdo role types.

 Christopher Walken and his wife arrive at the Vanity Fair party for the Tribeca Film Festival  | Getty Images

Christopher Walken and his wife arrive at the Vanity Fair party for the Tribeca Film Festival | Getty Images

"Yes, it was different for me," said Christopher about a role that broke away from his usual type cast. "I don't usually get to play fathers or grandfathers or uncles. Now that I'm older, maybe I can play people closer to myself. I'd like that."

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