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Also Known As: Michael Emmet Walsh Died:
Born: March 22, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ogdensburg, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Arguably one of the best character actors of the 20th century, M. Emmet Walsh delivered consistently nuanced and believable turns in a wide and storied body of work on film, ranging from "Straight Time" (1978) and "The Jerk" (1979) to "Ordinary People" (1980), "Blood Simple" (1985), "Clean and Sober" (1988) and "A Time to Kill" (1996). Effortlessly versatile in all manner of roles, Walsh could be convincingly funny in broad comic turns, as well as chilling in cold-blooded roles like his star-making turn as a vicious private eye in "Blood Simple." Over the course of four decades in the business, Walsh escalated from familiar face to scene-stealer and, on more than one occasion, a film's saving grace. Audiences simply accepted that Walsh was telling the truth whenever he appeared on screen, which elevated him to the pantheon of much-loved character performer, a status that he proved over and over in over 150 films.

Arguably one of the best character actors of the 20th century, M. Emmet Walsh delivered consistently nuanced and believable turns in a wide and storied body of work on film, ranging from "Straight Time" (1978) and "The Jerk" (1979) to "Ordinary People" (1980), "Blood Simple" (1985), "Clean and Sober" (1988) and "A Time to Kill" (1996). Effortlessly versatile in all manner of roles, Walsh could be convincingly funny in broad comic turns, as well as chilling in cold-blooded roles like his star-making turn as a vicious private eye in "Blood Simple." Over the course of four decades in the business, Walsh escalated from familiar face to scene-stealer and, on more than one occasion, a film's saving grace. Audiences simply accepted that Walsh was telling the truth whenever he appeared on screen, which elevated him to the pantheon of much-loved character performer, a status that he proved over and over in over 150 films.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Boiling Pot (2015)
3.
 Calvary (2014)
4.
 Arthur Newman (2013)
5.
6.
 Haunted Echoes (2010)
7.
 Don McKay (2009)
8.
 Youth in Revolt (2009)
9.
 Sherman's Way (2009)
10.
 Man in the Chair (2007)
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Grew up in Swanton, Vermont
1969:
Broadway debut, "Does A Tiger Wear a Necktie?"
1969:
Film debut (uncredited) in "Midnight Cowboy"
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First TV series as a regular in the NBC Western "Nichols" starring James Garner
1972:
Was a regular on CBS's "The Don Rickles Show" played Rickles' boss at an ad agency
1972:
Played Sandy's neighbor on CBS's "The Sandy Duncan Show"
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Played Police Chief Demsey on "Amy Prentiss," an NBC cop drama about a female chief of detectives
1978:
First stand-out performance in the crime drama, "Straight Time" playing a sadistic parole officer
1979:
First TV miniseries, "The French Atlantic Affair"
1979:
Played Captain Mike Gorcey on the CBS cop/family drama "Dear Detective"
1982:
Breakout role in Ridley Scott's cult classic "Blade Runner" as Captain Bryant
1984:
Played a double crossing private detective in "Blood Simple"
1990:
Provided a "Voice" for Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary series, "The Civil War"
1990:
Played the recurring role of Henry Allen, father of "The Flash" on the CBS superhero series
1994:
Provided a "Voice" for Ken Burns' ambitious PBS documentary on "Baseball"
1994:
Made occasional guest appearances on "Home Improvement" (ABC) as Tim Allen's father-in-law
1996:
Cast in the Baz Luhrmann directed "Romeo + Juliet" an adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy
1997:
Cast in the romantic comedy, "My Best Friend's Wedding" as Dermot Mulroney's father
1999:
Lent his voice to the animated feature, "The Iron Giant"
2001:
Had regular role in the HBO series "Mind of a Married Man"
2004:
Cast opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" directed by Joe Roth
2007:
Appeared in "Man in the Chair" an independent film starring Christopher Plummer
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Education

Clarkson College of Technology: Potsdam , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York - 1959 - 1961

Notes

Walsh wears a hearing aid because of mastoiditis.

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