Jul 14, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan made Australian actor Cyril Ritchard a star when he performed it live on NBC opposite Mary Martin in 1955.


Cyril Ritchard as "Hook"
Cyril Ritchard as “Hook”
Christopher Walken - the next "Hook"
Christopher Walken – the next “Hook”








Now, almost 60 years later, the actor who will play the same role is already a star, but not known as a musical theatre performer.

Christopher Walken will play Hook on when NBC broadcasts a new live production of Peter Pan December 4th.

Walken is best known for playing sinister-but-quirky characters in films such as The Deer Hunter and Pulp Fiction. He’s currently appearing in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.

But he originally trained as a musical theatre dancer.

NBC is presenting Peter Pan Live!‘ as a follow-up its successful live version of The Sound of Music last year. Casting for the latest “boy who wouldn’t grow up” hasn’t been announced yet.

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