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Michael Jeter

Highest Rated:   100% Zelig (1983)
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Birthplace:   Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
With his trademark red moustache, personable smile, and childlike demeanor, longtime character actor Michael Jeter brought smiles to children nationwide with his role on Sesame Street as Mr. Noodle's Brother. Aside from his memorable role on that children's television mainstay, Jeter could also be seen in a number of memorable film roles in such efforts as Miller's Crossing (1990) and The Fisher King (1991). Chances are, if you don't recognize his name you would certainly recognize his face. Born in Lawrenceburg, TN, in August of 1952, Jeter first opted to follow a career in medicine, though a stint at Memphis State University found the creative young student leaning ever closer to a career as an actor. Taking on minor film roles beginning with 1979's Hairspray, the burgeoning young actor would subsequently appear in such films as Milos Foreman's Ragtime (1981) and Woody Allen's Zelig (1983), though early struggles with alcohol and substance abuse threatened to sideline his screen career in the mid-'80s. Abandoning the screen for a career as a legal secretary the same year that Zelig was released, fate guided Jeter back into his true calling when a producer, recalling his role in television's Designing Women, asked that he take a supporting role on the Burt Reynolds' sitcom Evening Shade. Accepting the role as assistant football coach Herman Stiles, Jeter's enthusiasm for acting was re-ignited as he was honored with an Emmy for the role in 1992. A busy stage actor as well, Jeter won a Tony in 1990 for his performance in Grand Hotel. From 1990 on, Jeter maintained his film career with a series of memorably quirky roles. Perhaps his most unique and affecting role came with the release of director Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. As a homeless transvestite who croons for Amanda Plummer's character after making a flamboyant entrance into her quiet office, Jeter's carefree ditty was a highlight of the film. The 1990s proved a busy decade for Jeter, and roles in such popular films as Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Air Bud (1997), and The Green Mile (1999) assured that his career would flourish well into the new millennium. Announcing that he had been infected with HIV in 1997, audiences could never have known how quickly the deadly virus would take its toll on the energetic and optimistic actor. Though Jeter would usher in the new millennium with roles in such prominent box-office releases as The Gift (2000) and Jurassic Park III (2001), it was his role on Sesame Street that endeared him to children and made good use of his genuinely playful nature. Sadly, Jeter succumbed to complications from the HIV virus in late March of 2003. Before his untimely death, Jeter would complete roles in Kevin Costner's Open Range (2003) and Robert Zemeckis' family fantasy The Polar Express (2004).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Elmo's World: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Actor
2015
55% The Polar Express
  • Smokey/Steamer
2004
No Score Yet Elmo's World - Families, Mail and Bath Time
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures II
  • Actor
2004
79% Open Range
  • Percy
2003
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Toto
2002
No Score Yet Elmo's World - Happy Holidays!
  • Actor
2002
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Udesky
2001
86% Daddy and Them
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Elmo's World - Springtime Fun!
  • Actor
2001
57% The Gift
  • Gerald Weems
2000
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Uncle Jude
2000
80% The Green Mile
  • Delacroix
1999
29% Jakob the Liar
  • Avron
1999
55% True Crime
  • Dale
1999
22% Patch Adams
  • Rudy
1998
33% Thursday
  • Dr. Jarvis
1998
No Score Yet Zack and Reba
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Bill Driscoll
1998
20% The Naked Man
  • Actor
1998
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Bumquist
1998
43% Mouse Hunt
  • Quincy Thorpe
1997
43% Air Bud
  • Norm Snively
1997
No Score Yet Mrs. Santa Claus
  • Arvo
1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door
  • Arnold Wiggins
1996
42% Waterworld
  • Gregor
1995
35% Drop Zone
  • Earl Leedy
1994
No Score Yet Men, Movies, and Carol
  • Actor
1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Father Ignatius
1993
No Score Yet Bank Robber
  • Night Clerk 1
1993
40% Gypsy
  • Mr. Goldstone
1993
82% The Fisher King
  • Homeless Cabaret Singer
1991
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Adolph
1990
33% Tango & Cash
  • Skinner
1989
33% Dead Bang
  • Dr. Krantz
1989
47% The Money Pit
  • Arnie
1986
100% Zelig
  • Freshman No. 2
1983
No Score Yet Alice at the Palace
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Soup for One
  • Mr. Kelp
1982
90% Ragtime
  • Special reporter
1981
No Score Yet My Old Man
  • George Gardner
1979
89% Hair
  • Sheldon
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Mr. Noodle
  • Voice

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