M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmett Walsh

Highest Rated: 100% The Music of Chance (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% War Party (1989)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1935

Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 81% Faith, Hope & Love Fr. John (Character) $210K 2019
71% 62% Raising Buchanan Larry Kiesling (Character) - 2019
11% 50% Change in the Air Walter Lemke (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 97% Shifting Gears Hank (Character) - 2018
89% 80% Calvary Old Man (Character) $3.6M 2014
No Score Yet 86% Boiling Pot Dean Marison (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 42% Love Sick Love Ed (Character) - 2012
36% 67% The Odd Life of Timothy Green Uncle Bub (Character) $51.9M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cursed Be the Day Director - 2011
No Score Yet 62% Chasing 3000 Chuck Ireland (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Assignment Mr. Beudreaux (Character) - 2010
38% 23% Don McKay Samuel (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 56% Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency Chief Van Owen (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 27% Your Name Here Kroger (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 4% Haunted Echoes Neil (Character) - 2008
33% 22% Sherman's Way Hoyt (Character) $9.6K 2008
11% 44% Big Stan Lew Popper (Character) - 2007
50% 68% Man in the Chair Mickey Hopkins (Character) - 2007
35% 42% Racing Stripes Woodzie (Character) $49.2M 2005
No Score Yet 78% Greener Mountains Muggs (Character) - 2004
5% 38% Christmas With the Kranks Walt Scheel (Character) $73.7M 2004
25% 39% Snow Dogs George (Character) $81.2M 2002
69% 64% Christmas in the Clouds Stu O'Malley (Character) $78.3K 2001
60% 30% Poor White Trash Judge Pike (Character) $3.5K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eyeball Eddie Coach Cook (Character) - 2000
96% 90% The Iron Giant Earl Stutz (Voice) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monster! Lloyd (Character) - 1999
17% 28% Wild Wild West Coleman, Train Engineer (Character) $113.8M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack of Hearts Commissioner Menlo Boyce (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baggage Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare in Big Sky Country Marshal Phillips (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Erasable You Ralph Worth (Character) - 1998
60% 30% Twilight Lester Ivar (Character) $15M 1998
No Score Yet 53% Me & Will Dean (Character) - 1998
13% 21% Chairman of the Board Freemont (Character) $306.7K 1998
57% 47% Retroactive Sam (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 62% The Killing Jar Sheriff Foley (Character) - 1997
73% 73% My Best Friend's Wedding Joe O'Neal (Character) $126.8M 1997
50% 42% Albino Alligator Dino (Character) $326.3K 1996
No Score Yet 50% Portraits of Innocence Raymond Garrison (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 45% The Lottery Chief Davis (Character) - 1996
67% 85% A Time to Kill Dr. Willard Tyrell Bass (Character) $108.7M 1996
72% 77% William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Apothecary (Character) $46.4M 1996
No Score Yet 39% From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Morris (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Hearts Martin (Character) - 1995
27% 75% Panther Dorsett (Character) $6.3M 1995
50% 42% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Wilcox (Character) $28M 1995
65% 39% The Glass Shield Hal (Character) $2.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Badge Sergeant Miller Hoskins (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 70% Relative Fear Earl Ladelle (Character) - 1994
33% 42% Equinox Pete Petosa (Character) - 1993
100% 87% The Music of Chance Calvin Murks (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 26% Bitter Harvest Sheriff Bob (Character) - 1993
25% 53% Wilder Napalm Fire Chief (Character) $56.2K 1993
No Score Yet 11% Four Eyes and Six-Guns Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 20% Killer Image John Kane (Character) - 1992
44% 42% White Sands Bert Gibson (Character) $8.2M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fourth Story Harry (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Identity Harry (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Lies Clyde Wilson (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 59% The Flash Henry Allen (Character) - 1990
57% 50% Narrow Margin Sergeant Dominick Benti (Character) $10.1M 1990
0% 76% War Party Colin Ditweiler (Character) $299.3K 1989
17% 36% Red Scorpion Dewey Ferguson (Character) $3.5M 1989
No Score Yet 78% Catch Me if You Can Johnny Phatmun (Character) - 1989
88% 48% The Mighty Quinn Fred Miller (Character) $4M 1989
No Score Yet 53% Sundown, the Vampire in Retreat Mort (Character) - 1989
14% 51% Chattahoochee Morris (Character) $17.5K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderground Wedge (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brotherhood of the Rose Hardy (Character) - 1989
62% 62% Clean and Sober Richard Dirks (Character) $8.6M 1988
23% 30% Sunset Chief Marvin Dibner (Character) $3.4M 1988
59% 75% The Milagro Beanfield War Governor (Character) $12.7M 1988
50% 63% No Man's Land Capt. Haun (Character) $1.1M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Vows Detective Mulligan (Character) - 1987
91% 85% Raising Arizona Machine Shop Ear-Bender (Character) $21.1M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Ordained Vern Humphrey (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abduction of Kari Swenson Don Nichols (Character) - 1987
31% 43% The Best of Times Charlie (Character) $5.8M 1986
86% 68% Back to School Coach Turnbull (Character) $89.2M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hero in the Family General Presser (Character) - 1986
52% 45% Critters Harv (Character) $11.3M 1986
22% 49% Wildcats Walt Coes (Character) $23.6M 1986
77% 81% Fletch Dr. Joseph Dolan (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 61% Raw Courage Col. Crouse (Character) - 1984
94% 88% Blood Simple Private Detective (Character) $1.7M 1984
19% 42% Missing in Action Tuck (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandalous Simon Reynolds (Character) - 1984
90% 73% The Pope of Greenwich Village Burns (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Partners Joe Kirby (Character) - 1983
74% 78% Silkwood Walt Yarborough (Character) - 1983
80% 66% The Escape Artist Fritz (Character) - 1982
71% 71% Cannery Row Mack (Character) - 1982
90% 91% Blade Runner Captain Bryant (Character) $3.9M 1982
40% 35% Back Roads Arthur (Character) - 1981
89% 88% Ordinary People Coach Salan (Character) - 1980
38% 28% Raise the Titanic Master Chief Vinnie Walker (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet City in Fear Sheldon Lewis (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Harold Patton (Character) - 1980
81% 84% The Jerk Madman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Detective Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Inspector McCartney (Character) - 1978
75% 83% Straight Time Earl Frank (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superdome Whitley (Character) - 1978
33% 33% Airport '77 Dr. Williams (Character) - 1977
85% 89% Slap Shot Dickie Dunn (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 17% Red Alert Sheriff Sweeney (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invasion of Johnson County Irvine (Character) - 1976
86% 80% Mikey and Nicky Bus Driver (Character) - 1976
9% 47% Nickelodeon 'Father' Logan (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Mr. Peterson (Character) - 1975
20% 36% At Long Last Love Harold (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Club Lieutenant Jack Doyle (Character) - 1975
78% 77% The Gambler Las Vegas gambler (Character) - 1974
90% 88% Serpico Chief Gallagher (Character) - 1973
90% 89% What's Up, Doc? Arresting Officer (Character) - 1972
77% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes General Winthrop's Aide (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 36% End of the Road Crab Man/Tutu Man (Character) - 1970

TV

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100% 93% Adventure Time Cosmic Owl (Guest Voice) 2012-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pound Puppies Olaf (Voice) 2010-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Army Wives Bernie Wallacheck (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Til Death Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Lawrence Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
93% 94% Frasier Rich Koechner (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Unknown (Voice) 2001 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
84% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Joe Kroft (Guest Star) 2000
75% 85% The X-Files Arthur Dales (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Jack Hoover (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971

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