M. Emmet Walsh

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1935 in Ogdensburg, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (169)

Boiling Pot 2015 (Movie)

Dean Marison (Actor)

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baggage (Cinewave Productions) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Calvary 2014 (Movie)

Gerald Ryan (Actor)

Haunted Echoes 2014 (Movie)

Neil (Actor)

Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Love Sick Love 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

Uncle Bub (Actor)

Don McKay 2010 (Movie)

Samuel (Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Mr Saunders (Actor)

Sherman's Way 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Man in the Chair 2007 (Movie)

Mickey Hopkins (Actor)

Your Name Here 2006 (Movie)

Kroger (Actor)

Christmas in the Clouds 2005 (Movie)

Stu O'Malley (Actor)

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

Woodzie (Actor)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Walt Scheel (Actor)

A Scooby-Doo Christmas 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Voice

The Guardian 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mind of the Married Man 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

George (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

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Gideon's Crossing 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Eyeball Eddie 2000 (Movie)

Coach Cook (Actor)

Monster! 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Poor White Trash 2000 (Movie)

Judge Pike (Actor)

Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

of Earl Stutz (Voice)

The X-Files 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

Coleman (Actor)

Chairman of the Board 1998 (Movie)

Freemont (Actor)

Dogs 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Erasable You 1998 (Movie)

Ralph Worth (Actor)

Home Improvement 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Lester Ivars (Actor)

Albino Alligator 1997 (Movie)

Dino (Actor)

King of the Hill 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

Joe O'Neal (Actor)

The Lottery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Willard Tyrell Bass (Actor)

Portraits of a Killer 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Apothecary (Actor)

The Nerd 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Wilcox (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Dorsett (Actor)

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

The Killing Jar 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Camp Nowhere 1994 (Movie)

T R Polk (Actor)

Criminal Hearts 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Badge 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bitter Harvest 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Pete Petosa (Actor)

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Calvin Murks (Actor)

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Wild Card 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Wilder Napalm 1993 (Movie)

Fire Chief (Actor)

Killer Image 1992 (Movie)

Sam Kane (Actor)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

Bert Gibson (Actor)

Silverfox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Chattahoochee 1990 (Movie)

Morris (Actor)

Narrow Margin 1990 (Movie)

Sergeant Dominick Benti (Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 1989 (Movie)

Johnny Phatmun (Actor)

Collection Completed 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Red Scorpion 1989 (Movie)

Dewey Ferguson (Actor)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

Miller (Actor)

Thunderground 1989 (Movie)

Wedge (Actor)

Unsub 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

War Party 1989 (Movie)

Colin Detweiler (Actor)

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Richard Dirks (Actor)

Sundown 1988 (Movie)

Milt (Actor)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Chief Dibner (Actor)

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

The Governor (Actor)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

George Henderson Sr (Actor)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

Captain Haun (Actor)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

Machine Shop Earbender (Actor)

The Abduction of Kari Swenson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Coach Turnbull (Actor)

Critters 1986 (Movie)

Harv (Actor)

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Coes (Actor)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

Private Detective (Actor)

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Dr. Dolan (Actor)

Missing in Action 1984 (Movie)

Tuck (Actor)

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

Simon Reynolds (Actor)

The Outlaws 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Burns (Actor)

You Are the Jury 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Courage 1983 (Movie)

Colonel Crouse (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Walt Yarborough (Actor)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

Captain Bryant (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Fast Walking 1981 (Movie)

Sergeant Sanger (Actor)

High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Reds 1981 (Movie)

Speaker-Liberal Club (Actor)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

C P Woodward (Actor)

Ordinary People 1980 (Movie)

Swim Coach (Actor)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

MCPO Vinnie Giordino (Actor)

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Gift 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 (Movie)

Wally Cantrell (Actor)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Madman (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Earl Frank (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Dickie Dunn (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Dr Williams (Actor)

Mikey and Nicky 1976 (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

"Father" Logan (Actor)

Amy Prentiss 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

At Long Last Love 1975 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Crime Club 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Doctor Dan 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

Gallagher (Actor)

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sandy Duncan Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don Rickles Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

Arresting Officer (Actor)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Aide (Actor)

Julia 1968 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

Shotgun guard (Actor)

Alice's Restaurant 1969 (Movie)

Group W Sergeant (Actor)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

A Question of Guilt (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

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City in Fear (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Detective (TV Show)

Actor

Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Show)

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Fourth Story (TV Show)

Actor

Hellinger's Law (TV Show)

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Hero in the Family (TV Show)

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Murder Ordained (TV Show)

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Night Partners (TV Show)

Actor

No Other Love (TV Show)

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Red Alert (TV Show)

Actor

Relative Fear (TV Show)

Actor

Resting Place (TV Show)

Actor

Retroactive (TV Show)

Actor

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

Superdome (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Deliberate Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

The Outlaws (Movie)

Warden MacDonald (Actor)

The Right of the People (TV Show)

Actor

True Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Harry Walsh

Father

Agnes Walsh

Mother

EDUCATION

Clarkson College of Technology

Potsdam , New York

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1959 - 1961

Milestones

2007

Appeared in "Man in the Chair" an independent film starring Christopher Plummer

2004

Cast opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" directed by Joe Roth

2001

Had regular role in the HBO series "Mind of a Married Man"

1999

Lent his voice to the animated feature, "The Iron Giant"

1997

Cast in the romantic comedy, "My Best Friend's Wedding" as Dermot Mulroney's father

1996

Cast in the Baz Luhrmann directed "Romeo + Juliet" an adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy

1994

Made occasional guest appearances on "Home Improvement" (ABC) as Tim Allen's father-in-law

1994

Provided a "Voice" for Ken Burns' ambitious PBS documentary on "Baseball"

1990

Played the recurring role of Henry Allen, father of "The Flash" on the CBS superhero series

1990

Provided a "Voice" for Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary series, "The Civil War"

1984

Played a double crossing private detective in "Blood Simple"

1982

Breakout role in Ridley Scott's cult classic "Blade Runner" as Captain Bryant

1979

Played Captain Mike Gorcey on the CBS cop/family drama "Dear Detective"

1979

First TV miniseries, "The French Atlantic Affair"

1978

First stand-out performance in the crime drama, "Straight Time" playing a sadistic parole officer

1972

Played Sandy's neighbor on CBS's "The Sandy Duncan Show"

1972

Was a regular on CBS's "The Don Rickles Show" played Rickles' boss at an ad agency

1968

Film debut (uncredited) in "Midnight Cowboy"

1968

Broadway debut, "Does A Tiger Wear a Necktie?"

Grew up in Swanton, Vermont

Played Police Chief Demsey on "Amy Prentiss," an NBC cop drama about a female chief of detectives

First TV series as a regular in the NBC Western "Nichols" starring James Garner

Bonus Trivia

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Walsh wears a hearing aid because of mastoiditis

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