M. Emmet Walsh Biography

Birthday: 1935-03-22
Place of Birth: Ogdensburg, New York USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s. First appeared in a few fairly forgettable roles both on TV and onscreen before cropping up in several well remembered films, including a courtroom police officer in What's Up, Doc? (1972), as the weird Dickie Dunn in Slap Shot (1977), and as a loony sniper hunting Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979). On-screen demand heated up for him in the early 1980s with attention-grabbing work in key hits, including Brubaker (1980), Reds (1981), and as Harrison Ford's police chief in the futuristic thriller Blade Runner (1982). Walsh then turned in a stellar performance as the sleazy, double-crossing private detective in the Joel Cohen and Ethan Coen film noir Blood Simple. (1984), and showed up again for the Coens as a loud-mouthed sheet-metal worker bugging Nicolas Cage in the hilarious Raising Arizona (1987). As Walsh moved into his fifties and beyond, Hollywood continued to offer him plenty of work, and he has appeared in over 50 movies since passing the half-century mark. His consistent ability to turn out highly entertaining portrayals led film critic Roger Ebert to coin the "Stanton-Walsh Rule," which states that any film starring Walsh or Harry Dean Stanton has to have some merit. And the "M" stands for Michael!

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Sandy Duncan Show Alex Lembeck 1972 Comedy
The Don Rickles Show (1972) Kingston 1972 - 1972
A Question of Guilt 1978 Drama
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy
Unsub Ned Platt 1989 Mystery
Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson Sr. 1991 - 1993 Comedy
The Nerd Mr. Walgrave 1996
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971 0, Sport, 0
Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Comedy
Mikey and Nicky 1976 Drama
Straight Time 1978 0
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979
The Jerk Madman 1979 Comedy, Music
Ordinary People 1980 0
Brubaker 1980 0
Raise the Titanic 1980 Action, Drama, Thriller
Reds 1981 0
Blade Runner Bryant 1982 Sport, 0, Game Show, 0
Cannery Row 1982
Fast-Walking Sgt. Sanger 1982
The Woman Who Willed a Miracle Joe Lemke 1983
The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 0, 0, 0
Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 Drama
Missing in Action 1984 Action, Adventure, Drama
Fletch Dr. Joseph Dolan 1985 Game Show, 0
Blood Simple 1985 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Critters Harv 1986 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0, Reality Tv
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy, Drama, Sport
Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson Sr. 1987
No Man's Land Captain Haun 1987 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Mighty Quinn 1989 0, 0, Comedy
Red Scorpion 1989 Action, Adventure
Thunderground Wedge 1989 Action, Adventure
War Party Colin Ditweiler 1989 Action, Drama
Catch Me If You Can Johnny Phatmun 1989 Action, Comedy, Drama
Narrow Margin 1990 0, Game Show
Chattahoochee 1990 Drama
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat 1991 Comedy, Horror
White Sands 1992 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Killer Image John Kane 1992 Thriller
Four Eyes and Six Guns 1992 Comedy
The Naked Truth Garcia / Gesundheim 1993 Comedy
The Music of Chance 1993 Drama
Wilder Napalm 1993 Comedy, Fantasy
Relative Fear 1994
Camp Nowhere 1994 Family, Adventure, Comedy
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 Family, Adventure, Drama
Romeo + Juliet Apothecary 1996 0
Retroactive Sam 1997 Adventure, Crime
Albino Alligator Dino 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Killing Jar Sheriff Foley 1997 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Twilight Lester Ivar 1998 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Erasable You Ralph Worth 1998 Comedy
Nightmare in Big Sky Country Marshal Phillips 1998 Drama
Wild Wild West Coleman 1999 0, Sport, Fantasy
The Iron Giant Earl Stutz 1999 Animation, Action, Adventure
Iron Giant Earl Stutz 1999 Animation, Action, Adventure
Poor White Trash Judge Pike 2000
Jack of Hearts Commissioner Menlo Boyce 2000 Crime, Thriller
Snow Dogs 2002 Adventure, Comedy, Family
Baggage Sandy Westphall 2003 Drama
Christmas with the Kranks Walt Scheel 2004 0
Racing Stripes Woodzie 2005 0, 0, 0
Greener Mountains Muggs 2005 Drama, Romance
Man in the Chair 2008 Comedy, Drama
Your Name Here Kroger 2008 Biography, Drama
The Lottery 2010 0, Game Show
Youth in Revolt Mr. Saunders 2010 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Assignment Mr. Beudreaux 2011 Drama, Family
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency Chief Van Owen 2011 Family
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Uncle Bub 2012 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Boiling Pot Dean Marison 2013 Drama, History
Love Sick Love Ed 2013 Thriller
Bitter Harvest Sheriff Bob 2017
Back Roads 2018 Game Show