J.T. Walsh

J.T. Walsh

Highest Rated: 96% House of Games (1987)

Lowest Rated: 4% Wired (1989)

Birthday: Sep 28, 1943

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

A prolific and versatile character performer who excelled at playing the heavy, actor J.T. Walsh enjoyed a fruitful career until his life was cut short in 1998. Walsh came up in the theater world and had successful turns in several of David Mamet's plays before making the jump to the screen with antagonist roles in "Tin Men" (1987) and "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987). He played con men in "House of Games" (1987) and "The Grifters" (1990), and stepped up to blockbusters with Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991). After delivering a fine turn in "A Few Good Men" (1992), he had one of his best performances as a salesman who makes a pact with the devil in "Needful Things" (1993). Walsh followed up by playing an attorney prosecuting Santa Claus in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994) and Watergate co-conspirator John Erlichman in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995). Poised for greater recognition, Walsh triumphed as an evil trucker in the taut thriller, "Breakdown" (1997), but was unable to enjoy the fruits of his success when he died of a heart attack early the next year. His last films, "The Negotiator" (1998) and "Pleasantville" (1998), were dedicated to his memory, all of which left friends and fans wondering what could have been.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
74% 79% The Negotiator Insp. Terence Niebaum (Character) $44.7M 1998
85% 79% Pleasantville Big Bob (Character) $40.6M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Agenda Jonathan Zanuck (Character) - 1998
81% 67% Breakdown Warren "Red" Barr (Character) $50.2M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope Ray Percy (Character) - 1997
14% 31% Persons Unknown Cake (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 33% Gang in Blue Lt. William Eyler (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 40% The Little Death Ted Hannon (Character) - 1996
65% 53% Executive Decision Senator Mavros (Character) $55.7M 1996
No Score Yet 72% Crime of the Century Col. Norman Schwarzkopf (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacred Cargo Father Stanislav (Character) - 1996
96% 92% Sling Blade Charles Bushman (Character) $24.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Day Blue Night Lt. John Quinn (Character) - 1995
17% 16% The Babysitter Harry Tucker (Character) - 1995
56% 36% The Low Life Mike Sr. (Character) $40.9K 1995
75% 74% Nixon John Ehrlichman (Character) $13.7M 1995
No Score Yet 81% Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 0% Star Struck Greer (Character) - 1994
94% 76% The Last Seduction Frank Griffith (Character) $1.8M 1994
78% 69% The Client Jason McThune (Character) $90.8M 1994
60% 62% Miracle on 34th Street Ed Collins (Character) $17.2M 1994
22% 39% Silent Fall Sheriff Mitch Rivers (Character) $2.7M 1994
37% 51% Blue Chips Happy (Character) $21.8M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Ghost Story Darryl (Character) - 1994
38% 55% Sniper Chester Van Damme (Character) $17.9M 1993
21% 49% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Desk Clerk (Character) $28M 1993
95% 75% Red Rock West Wayne Brown aka Kevin McCord (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners Unknown (Character) - 1993
28% 44% Needful Things Danforth Keeton III (Character) $15.1M 1993
83% 89% A Few Good Men Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (Character) $141.3M 1992
52% 59% Hoffa Frank Fitzsimmons (Character) $23.3M 1992
74% 75% Backdraft Alderman Marty Swayzak (Character) $75.7M 1991
No Score Yet 44% Defenseless Steven Seldes (Character) $6.4M 1991
43% 26% True Identity Houston (Character) $4.7M 1991
No Score Yet 22% Iron Maze Jack Ruhle (Character) $64.2K 1991
37% 62% Crazy People Drucker (Character) - 1990
57% 51% Narrow Margin Walsh (Character) $10.1M 1990
No Score Yet 39% Why Me? Francis Mahoney (Character) $49.9K 1990
91% 70% The Grifters Cole (Character) $10.1M 1990
72% 50% The Russia House Quinn (Character) $22.6M 1990
90% 90% Misery State Trooper Sherman Douglas (uncredited) (Character) $54.7M 1990
60% 60% Dad Dr. Santana (Character) $19.7M 1989
87% 45% The Big Picture Allen Habel (Character) $33.1K 1989
4% 14% Wired Bob Woodward (Character) $681.1K 1989
83% 79% Things Change Hotel Manager (Character) $2.3M 1988
52% 40% Tequila Sunrise DEA Agent Hal Maguire (Character) $39.7M 1988
90% 82% Good Morning, Vietnam Sgt. Maj. Phillip 'Dick' Dickerson (Character) $123.9M 1987
96% 79% House of Games The businessman (Character) $416.5K 1987
50% 45% Power Jerome Cade (Character) $3.1M 1986
91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Ed Smythe (Character) $37.3M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Right to Kill? Maj. Eckworth (Character) - 1985

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet C-16 Jules Rozack (Guest Star) 1997
60% No Score Yet Dark Skies Capt. Frank Bach (Character) 1996-1997
74% 86% The X-Files Warden Leo Brodeur (Guest Star) 1995
86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987

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