Walken snares ShoWest spotlight

Thesp to be honored at awards gala March 3

Christopher Walken, lauded most recently for his role as Leonardo DiCaprio’s onscreen dad in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” will receive the supporting actor of the year award at ShoWest 2003.

Walken will be honored at an awards gala set to close the exhib trade show March 6. ShoWest opens March 3 at the Paris and Bally’s hotels in Las Vegas.

“(Walken) is an astonishing talent whose performances encompass a broad range of unforgettable characters,” said Robert Sunshine, chairman of show organizer Sunshine Group Worldwide. “We are honored to pay tribute to the incredible work he has accomplished in his colorful career.”

Walken won the supporting actor Oscar in 1978 for his perf in Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter.” His other credits include “Annie Hall” (1977), “King of New York” (1990), “Batman Returns” (1992) and “Pulp Fiction” (1994).

His upcoming pics including Barry Levinson’s “Envy,” Martin Brest’s “Gigli” and Peter Berg’s “Helldorado.”

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