M. Emmet Walsh

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M. Emmet Walsh
M Emmet Walsh at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Walsh at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Michael Emmet Walsh
(1935-03-22) March 22, 1935 (age 82)
Ogdensburg, New York, United States
Occupation Actor and Comedian
Years active 1969–present
Parent(s) Agnes Katharine (née Sullivan)
Harry Maurice Walsh, Sr.

Michael "M." Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935) is an American character actor[1] and comedian who has appeared in over 200 films and television series. He is arguably most known for his work in the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple (1984). Walsh has also appeared in a number of other films including Carl Reiner's comedy The Jerk (1979), Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), and Brad Bird's animated film The Iron Giant (1999).

Early life[edit]

Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, New York, the son of Agnes Katharine (née Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh, Sr., a customs agent.[2] He is of Irish descent.[3] He was raised in rural Swanton, Vermont,[4] and attended college at Clarkson University. He graduated in 1958 (B.A., Business Administration). In 1998, the Clarkson Alumni Association presented him with the Golden Knight Award.[5]

Career[edit]

Walsh came to prominence in the 1978 crime film Straight Time, in which he played a parole officer. He also had a small but memorable role as a crazed sniper in the Steve Martin comedy The Jerk. One of his best-known roles was Bryant in Ridley Scott's cult film Blade Runner. His most acclaimed performance was arguably the double-crossing private detective in Blood Simple (1984), for which he won the 1986 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Walsh made occasional guest appearances on Home Improvement as Tim Taylor's father-in-law. In 1992, he appeared as a powerful U.S. Senator in David Winning's Killer Image. In Christmas with the Kranks, he played one of the Kranks' neighbors. He also appeared as Alex Lembeck, a motorcycle cop who appointed himself as Sandy Stockton's chaperone and protector on The Sandy Duncan Show in 1972. He appeared in an episode of the NBC drama series Gibbsville in 1976 and Little House on the Prairie in 1981.[6]

In comedy, Walsh played the cynical small town sportswriter Dickie Dunn in the iconic 1977 hockey film Slap Shot, and a college diving coach in the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School. According to Roger Ebert's Stanton-Walsh Rule, "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad". Ebert later conceded that this rule was broken by 1989's Dream a Little Dream (Stanton) and 1999's Wild Wild West (Walsh).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Alice's Restaurant Group W Sergeant
1969 Midnight Cowboy Bus Passenger Uncredited
1969 Stiletto Racing Partner Uncredited
1970 End of the Road Crab Man / Tutu Man
1970 The Traveling Executioner Warden Brodski
1970 Little Big Man Shotgun Guard
1971 Cold Turkey Art
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Aide to General Winthrop
1971 They Might Be Giants 1st Sanitation Man
1972 What's Up, Doc? Arresting Officer
1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit Mr. Wendel
1973 Kid Blue Barber
1973 Serpico Chief Gallagher
1974 The Gambler Las Vegas Gambler
1975 At Long Last Love Harold
1975 Crime Club Harold
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Joe
1976 Bound for Glory Husband
1976 Nickelodeon "Father" Logan
1976 The Invasion of Johnson County Irvine
1976 Mikey and Nicky Bus Driver
1977 Slap Shot Dickie Dunn
1977 Airport '77 Dr. Williams
1978 Straight Time Earl Frank
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Wally Cantrell
1979 The Jerk Madman
1980 Brubaker C.P. 'Woody' Woodward
1980 Raise the Titanic Master Chief Walker
1980 Ordinary People Coach Salan
1981 Back Roads Arthur
1981 Reds Speaker at Liberal Club
1982 Cannery Row Mack
1982 The Escape Artist Fritz
1982 Blade Runner Bryant
1982 Fast-Walking Sergeant Sanger
1983 Silkwood Walt Yarborough
1984 Courage Colonel Crouse
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. Mr. Clark
1984 Blood Simple Loren Visser
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village Burns
1984 Scandalous Simon Reynolds
1985 Fletch Dr. Joseph Dolan
1986 Wildcats Walt Coes
1986 Critters Harv
1986 The Best of Times Charlie
1986 Vanishing America Earl Crockett
1986 Back to School Coach Turnbull
1987 Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson Sr.
1987 No Man's Land Capt. Haun
1987 Raising Arizona Machine Shop Ear-Bender
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Governor
1988 Clean and Sober Richard Dirk
1988 Sunset Chief Dibner
1988 War Party Colin Ditwelier
1988 Red Scorpion Dewey Furguson
1989 The Mighty Quinn Fred Miller
1989 Catch Me If You Can Johnny Phatmun
1989 Chattahoochee Morris
1989 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Mort
1989 Thunderground Wedge
1990 Narrow Margin Sergeant Dominick Benti
1992 The Naked Truth Garcia
1992 Killer Image Senator John Kane
1992 White Sands Bert Gibson
1992 Equinox Pete Petosa
1993 Bitter Harvest Sheriff Bob
1993 The Music of Chance Calvin Murks
1993 Wilder Napalm Fire Chief
1994 Dead Badge Sergeant Miller Hoskins
1994 Relative Fear Earl Ladelle
1994 Camp Nowhere T.R. Polk
1994 The Glass Shield Detective Jessie Hall
1994 Cops & Robbersons Unknown character Uncredited
1995 Criminal Hearts Martin
1995 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Bill Wilcox
1995 Panther Dorsett
1996 Portraits of a Killer Raymond Garrison
1996 Albino Alligator Dino
1996 A Time to Kill Dr. Bass Uncredited
1996 William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Apothecary
1997 The Killing Jar Sheriff Foley
1997 Retroactive Sam
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Joe O'Neal
1998 Chairman of the Board Freemont
1998 Twilight Lester Ivar
1998 Erasable You Ralph Worth
1998 Nightmare in Big Sky Country Marshal Phillips
1999 Wild Wild West Coleman
1999 The Iron Giant Karl Stutz (voice)
1999 Random Hearts Billy Uncredited
1999 Me and Will Dean
1999 Jack of Hearts Commissioner Menlo Boyce
2000 Poor White Trash Judge Pike
2001 Eyeball Eddie Coach Cook Short film
2001 Christmas in the Clouds Stu O'Malley
2002 Snow Dogs George Murphy
2003 Baggage Sandy Westphall
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Walt Scheel
2005 Greener Mountain Muggs
2005 Racing Stripes Woodzie
2007 Man in the Chair Mickey Hopkins
2007 Big Stan Lew Popper
2008 Sherman's Way Hoyt
2008 Your Name Here Kroger/Maurice Stanz
2008 Haunted Echoes Neil
2009 Don McKay Samuel
2009 Sam Steele and the Jr. Detective Agency Chief Van Owen
2009 Youth in Revolt Mr. Saunders
2010 Chasing 3000 Chuck Ireland
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Bub
2012 Arthur Newman Zazek
2012 Love Sick Love Ed
2014 Calvary The Writer
2015 Boiling Pot Dean Marison
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Gorak
2017 Shifting Gears Hank Post-production
2017 Change in the Air Walter Lemke Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Doctors Jason Randall Multiple episodes
1969 N.Y.P.D. Unknown character Episode: "Who's Got the Bundle?"
1970 Arnie Cliff Episode: "To Buy or Not to Buy?"
1971 Julia Gus Anderson 2 episodes
1971 All in the Family Billy Hartfield Episode: £The Saga of Cousin Oscar"
1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show Lionel Atkins Episode: "Another Day, Another Scholar"
1971 Ironside Telegraph Clerk Episode: "Dear Fran..."
1971 Bonanza Mattheson Episode: "Warbonnet"
1971–1972 Nichols Gabe McCutcheon 6 episodes
1972 The Don Rickles Show Kingston Episode: "Episode Four"
1972 The Bob Newhart Show Jack Hoover Episode: "P-I-L-O-T"
1972 The Sandy Duncan Show Alex Lembeck 11 episodes
1974 Doctor Fran Mr. Wallace Television film
1974 McMillan & Wife Officer Ames Episode: "Buried Alive"
1974 Amy Prentiss Tom Episode: "Baptism of Fire"
1975 The Rockford Files Edgar Burch Episode: "Counter Gambit"
1975 Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Mr. Wallace Television film
1975 The Waltons David Fletcher Episode: "The Venture"
1975, 1976 Baretta McDade / Potter 2 episodes
1976 Gibbsville Yostie Episode: "Afternoon Waltz"
1976, 1978 Starsky and Hutch Freddie / Lloyd Herman Eckworth 2 episodes
1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Officer Malloy 2 episodes
1977 Red Alert Sheriff Sweeney Television film
1978 Superdome Whitley Television film
1978 James at 15 Coach Federson Episode: "Queen of the Silver Dollar"
1979 The French Atlantic Affair Harry 3 episodes
1979 Dear Detective Capt. Gorcey Episode: "Pilot"
1979 No Other Love DeFranco Television film
1979 The Gift Legion Commander Television film
1980 City in Fear Sheldon Lewis Television film
1980 Skag Moran Episode: "Pilot"
1980 High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Harold Patton Television film
1981 East of Eden Sheriff Horace Quinn 3 episodes
1981 Little House on the Prairie Callahan Episode: "Chicago"
1983 ABC Afterschool Special Joe Lempke Episode: "The Woman Who Willed a Miracle"
1983 Night Partners Joe Kirby Television film
1984 AfterMASH Samuel Lynn Episode: "The Case of the People of Florida vs. Joseph Landrum"
1984 The Outlaws Warden MacDonald Television film
1985 ABC Weekend Special Rocco Episode: "The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn"
1985 The Twilight Zone Peter Episode: "Dealer's Choice"
1986 The Hitchhiker Detective Underhill Episode: "Ghostwriter"
1986 The Right of the People Mayor Television film
1986 Resting Place Sarge Television film
1986 The Disney Sunday Movie General Presser Episode: "Hero in the Family"
1986 The Deliberate Stranger Det. Sam Davies Television film
1986 Amazing Stories Grandpa Episode: "Magic Saturday"
1987 Broken Vows Detective Mulligan Television film
1987 The Abduction of Kari Swenson Don Nichols Television film
1987 Murder Ordained Vern Humphrey Miniseries
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Hardy 2 episodes
1989 Unsub Ned Platt 8 episodes
1989 Tales from the Crypt Jonas Episode: "Collection Completed"
1990 True Betrayal Clyde Wilson Television film
1990 The Civil War Various (voice) 9 episodes
1990 The Flash Henry Allen 2 episodes
1991 Deadly Identity Harry Television film
1991 Silverfox Charles Blankenship Television film
1992 Wild Card Mose Television film
1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Arlen Thomas Episode: "Aloha, Io-wahu"
1994 Home Improvement Col. Fred Patterson 2 episodes
1994 Probable Cause Sadler Television film
1995 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Morris Television film
1996 The Outer Limits Sanford Vallé Episode: "The Refuge"
1996 Early Edition Santa Episode: "Christmas"
1996 Madness of Method Rudolph Thorndyke Television short film
1998 Tracey Takes On... Jimmy Duff Episode: "Sports"
1998 Men in White Junior Assistant Dispatch Trainee Stanley Snyder Television film
1999 The X-Files Arthur Dales Episode: "The Unnatural"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Gemsbok #1 (voice) Episode: "Rain Dance"
1999 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Mack (voice) Multiple episodes
1999 Monster! Lloyd Reeves Television film
2000 NYPD Blue Joe Kroft Episode: "Roll Out the Barrel"
2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Aubrey Lang Episode: "The Book of Danny"
2000 Ed Mayor Wally Kendricks Episode: "Home Is Where the Ducks Are"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Matthews Episode: "A Routine Case"
2001 Night Visions Gus Episode: "Reunion"
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Randall Evans 5 episodes
2001 Frasier Rich Koechner Episode: "Bully for Martin"
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Jeb (voice) Episode: "Scooby-Doo Christmas"
2003 Charlie Lawrence Cubby Episode: "New Kid in School"
2003 Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales Wally Westland Television special
2003 The Guardian Ezra Pence Episode: "Big Coal"
2010 'Til Death Uncle Rudolph Episode: "Let's Go"
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Olaf (voice) 46 episodes
2012 Army Wives Bernie Wallacheck Episode: "Battle Scars"
2012 Damages Lyle Hewes 3 episodes
2012–2015 Adventure Time Cosmic Owl (voice) 4 episodes
2014 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories Detective Episode: "Toes"
2015 Empire Harold Blakeley Episode: "The Lyon's Roar"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.digital-polyphony.com/top25characteractors.htm
  2. ^ "M. Emmet Walsh Biography (1935-)". Filmreference.com. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Alex (July 12, 2008). "Walsh marks 50-year reunion". Watertown Daily Times. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Alex (2008-07-12). "Walsh marks 50-year reunion". WatertownDailyTimes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "M.Emmet Walsh of Culver City, Calif. And Swanton, Vermont, Receives Clarkson University's Highest Alumni Honor". Clarkson University. 21 August 1998. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Little House on the Prairie Season 8 Episode 8 Chicago". TV.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 

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