Ray Walston


Actor
Ray Walston

About

Birth Place
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Born
December 02, 1914
Died
January 01, 2001
Cause of Death
Lupus

Biography

Diminutive yet commanding with distinctive vocal resonance and forceful mannerisms, Walston's career has spanned regional theater, Broadway, TV and film. Perhaps best remembered by TV audiences as the curmudgeonly extraterrestrial on the popular CBS comedy "My Favorite Martian" (1963-66), Walston had a successful stage and film career as well as appearances in early TV behind him before ...

Family & Companions

Ruth Calvert
Wife
Married on November 3, 1943; sued for divorce in April 1995, claimed irreconcilable differences; couple reconciled.

Biography

Diminutive yet commanding with distinctive vocal resonance and forceful mannerisms, Walston's career has spanned regional theater, Broadway, TV and film. Perhaps best remembered by TV audiences as the curmudgeonly extraterrestrial on the popular CBS comedy "My Favorite Martian" (1963-66), Walston had a successful stage and film career as well as appearances in early TV behind him before taking on the role of Uncle Martin O'Hara.

After leaving his native Louisiana, Walston began his acting career in regional theater before landing a role in the legendary Maurice Evans production of "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1945. He worked steadily in New York theater throughout the late 1940s and early 50s, frequently collaborating with celebrated theater producer and director George Abbott. Walston reached his theatrical peak in the musical "Damn Yankees" (1955) playing Applegate, the devil/narrator, a performance which not only made him the toast of Broadway but garnered him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical too.

After guest appearances on anthology TV series "Suspense" and "Playhouse 90" in the 50s, he debuted as a regular on the hit CBS comedy "My Favorite Martian," playing a space alien befriended by Los Angeles reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby) who eventually passed him off as his Uncle Martin. The series made Walston an American household icon during its three season run, and continued doing well in reruns.

Walston made his film debut in the forgettable "Kiss Them For Me" (1957), supporting Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield. He recreated two stage roles in the film versions of the musicals "South Pacific" (1958) and "Damn Yankees" (1958). He was one of the philandering executives in Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" (1960), got most of the laughs in Joshua Logan's "Tall Story" (1960), starred as a nervous husband in Wilder's cynical domestic comedy "Kiss Me, Stupid" (1964), and played a grifter in George Roy Hill's "The Sting" (1973). Walston appeared in three Robert Altman directed films, as Poopdeck Pappy in the commercial disaster "Popeye" (1980), as the grandfather whose canceled insurance sparks the action in "O.C. & Stiggs" (1987), and as himself in "The Player" (1992).

Last seen on episodic TV in "Fast Times" (CBS, 1985-86), reprising his role on this small screen spin off of "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" (1982), Walston's TV career enjoyed something of a revival in the acclaimed drama "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96) where he once again returned to series TV, this time playing a crusty old judge with the proverbial "heart of gold." For his efforts, he received two Emmy awards for supporting actor in a drama series.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

My Favorite Martian (1999)
Swing Vote (1999)
Addams Family Reunion (1998)
Grandpa Walter Adams
Tricks (1997)
The Westing Game (1997)
House Arrest (1996)
Project: ALF (1996)
The Player (1992)
Himself
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Pink Lightning (1991)
Space Case (1991)
Popcorn (1991)
One Special Victory (1991)
Ski Patrol (1990)
Blood Salvage (1990)
Angel of Death (1990)
Class Cruise (1989)
Cappy Connors
A Man of Passion (1989)
Red River (1988)
Crash Course (1988)
Paramedics (1988)
Blood Relations (1988)
Charles Macleod
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988)
Gramps
O.C. And Stiggs (1987)
From The Hip (1987)
Rad (1986)
Amos (1985)
The Jerk, Too (1984)
For Love Or Money (1984)
Eddie Eppes
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
This Girl For Hire (1983)
Private School (1983)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1982)
Thaddeus
O'Hara's Wife (1982)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982)
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
Kore
Popeye (1980)
Institute for Revenge (1979)
Frank Anders
The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)
Silver Streak (1976)
The Sting (1973)
Singleton
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
Mad Jack Duncan
Caprice (1967)
Stuart Clancy
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Orville J. Spooner
Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
Mr. Quimby
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Wylie Driberg
Convicts 4 (1962)
Iggy
Portrait in Black (1960)
Cob O'Brien
Tall Story (1960)
Leon Sullivan
The Apartment (1960)
Mr. Joe Dobisch
Say One for Me (1959)
Phil Stanley
South Pacific (1958)
Luther Billis
Damn Yankees (1958)
Mr. Applegate, also known as The Devil
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Lt. Howard "Mac" McCann

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

Mitzi Gaynor: Hollywood's Cockeyed Optimist (2001)
Ray Walston: No Antennae, Please (1999)
Bill Bixby: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
Interviewee
Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997)
The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Presenter
Cronkite Remembers (1996)
The 50th Annual Tony Awards (1996)
Performer
17TH Annual Cable ACE Awards (1995)
Presenter
Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince (1995)
Interviewee
Hurricane Sam (1990)
Ed
Runaway Ralph (1988)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1986)
Ask Max (1986)
Danny and the Mermaid (1978)
Professor Stoneman
Satan's Waitin' (1964)
The Stranger
Harry's Business (1961)
Harry Burns
There Shall Be No Night (1957)
Dave Corween

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Stephen King's The Stand (1994)
Ralph S. Mouse (1991)
Fine Gold (1990)
Corkscrew
I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

Life Events

1939

Began acting career at Margo Jones Theatre in Houston, Texas

1945

Made Broadway debut in Maurice Evans' production of "Hamlet"

1957

TV movie debut, "There Shall Be No Night"

1957

Feature film debut, "Kiss Them For Me"

1963

Starred on popular sitcom, "My Favorite Martian"

1986

Portrayed Mr. Arnold Hand, reprising his role from the feature "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in the short-lived TV sitcom version, "Fast Times"

2000

Final TV acting appearance, the season premiere of CBS' "Touched By an Angel"

Photo Collections

Kiss Me, Stupid - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1965), starring Dean Martin and Kim Novak. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Family

Harrie Norman Walston
Father
Mittie Walston
Mother
Died c. 1950.
Katherine Ann Walston
Daughter

Companions

Ruth Calvert
Wife
Married on November 3, 1943; sued for divorce in April 1995, claimed irreconcilable differences; couple reconciled.

Bibliography