Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)

Lowest Rated: 0% RAD (1986)

Birthday: Dec 2, 1914

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Raised in New Orleans' French Quarter, Ray Walston relocated to Houston, where he first set foot on stage in a community production of High Tor. Walston went on to spend six years at the Houston Civic Theater then three more at the Cleveland Playhouse. Moving to New York, he worked as linotype operator at the New York Times before landing small parts in theatrical productions ranging from Maurice Evans' G.I. Hamlet to The Insect Comedy. He won Theater World's "Most Promising Newcomer" award for his portrayal of Mr. Kramer in the original 1948 production of Summer and Smoke. In 1950, he was cast as "big dealer" Luther Billis in the touring and London companies of South Pacific, and it was this that led to a major role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1953 Broadway musical Me and Juliet. Two years later, he was cast in his breakthrough role: the puckish Mr. Applegate, aka The Devil, in the Adler-Ross musical smash Damn Yankees. He won a Tony Award for his performance, as well as the opportunity to repeat the role of Applegate in the 1958 film version of Yankees; prior to this triumph, he'd made his film debut in Kiss Them for Me (1957) and recreated Luther Billis in the 1958 filmization of South Pacific. A favorite of director Billy Wilder, Walston was cast as philandering executive Dobisch in The Apartment (1960) and replaced an ailing Peter Sellers as would-be songwriter Orville J. Spooner in Kiss Me, Stupid (1960). Having first appeared on television in 1950, Walston resisted all entreaties to star in a weekly series until he was offered the title role in My Favorite Martian (1963-1966). While he was gratified at the adulation he received for his work on this series (he was particularly pleased by the response from his kiddie fans), Walston later insisted that Martian had "ruined" him in Hollywood, forever typecasting him as an erudite eccentric. By the 1970s, however, Walston was popping up in a wide variety of roles in films like The Sting (1974) and Silver Streak (1977). For the past two decades or so, he has been one of moviedom's favorite curmudgeons, playing such roles as Poopdeck Pappy in Popeye (1980) and officious high school teacher Mr. Hand, who reacts with smoldering rage as his class is interrupted by a pizza delivery in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). He would re-create this last-named role in the weekly sitcom Fast Times (1985), one of several TV assignments of the 1970s and 1980s. In 1995, Ray Walston reacted with schoolboy enthusiasm upon winning an Emmy award for his portrayal of irascible Wisconsin judge Henry Bone on the cult-fave TVer Picket Fences.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Mouse and the Motorcycle Actor 2008
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards Damn Yankees 2005
No Score Yet Addams Family Reunion Actor 1999
12% My Favorite Martian Armitan 1999
No Score Yet Get a Clue! Sandy McSouthers 1997
No Score Yet Tricks Big Sam 1997
10% House Arrest Chief Rocco 1996
No Score Yet Project: ALF Motel Manager 1996
97% Of Mice and Men Candy 1992
98% The Player Himself 1992
No Score Yet Blood Salvage Mr. Stone 1990
No Score Yet Ski Patrol Pops 1990
No Score Yet Fine Gold Actor 1989
37% Popcorn Dr. Mnesyne 1989
No Score Yet I Know My First Name Is Steven Bob Augustine 1989
No Score Yet Paramedics Heart Attack Victim 1988
No Score Yet Crash Course Actor 1988
29% Saturday the 14th Strikes Back Gramps Baxter 1988
No Score Yet Runaway Ralph Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Mouse and the Motorcycle Actor 1988
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs Gramps 1987
No Score Yet Blood Relations Charles MacLeod 1987
22% From the Hip lst Judge 1987
0% RAD Burton Timmer 1986
No Score Yet Amos Johnny Kent 1985
44% Johnny Dangerously Vendor 1984
No Score Yet For Love or Money Eddie Eppes 1984
No Score Yet Private School Chauncey 1983
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High Mr. Hand 1982
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Walter Tatum 1982
No Score Yet The Kid with the Broken Halo Michael 1982
No Score Yet The Fall of the House of Usher Thaddeus 1982
33% Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) Kore 1981
61% Popeye Poopdeck Pappy 1980
No Score Yet The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington Sen. Sturges 1977
80% Silver Streak Mr. Whiney 1976
94% The Sting J.J. Singleton 1973
27% Paint Your Wagon Mad Jack Duncan 1969
14% Caprice Stuart Clancy 1967
71% Kiss Me, Stupid Orville 1964
40% Who's Minding the Store? Mr. Quimby 1963
No Score Yet Convicts 4 Iggy 1962
No Score Yet Portrait in Black Cob O'Brien 1960
93% The Apartment Mr. Dobisch 1960
No Score Yet Tall Story Professor Leo Sullivan 1960
No Score Yet Say One for Me Phil Stanley 1959
76% Damn Yankees Mr. Applegate 1958
89% South Pacific Luther Billis 1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Lt. `Mac' McCann 1957
No Score Yet The Westing Game Actor


No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Benjamin Clay 2000
61% Ally McBeal
Minister Breyer 1999
77% Star Trek: Voyager
Boothby 1999
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
War Vet 1998
82% Picket Fences
Judge Henry Bone 1996
70% The Stand
Glen Bateman 1994
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
Boothby 1992
No Score Yet The Commish
Bartimous Hagstone 1992
No Score Yet Friday the 13th: The Series
Artist 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Q.L. Frubson 1987
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Dr. Arrowsmith 1987
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Rusty/Harold 1985
No Score Yet Newhart
No Score Yet Night Court
Judge Martin A. Landis 1984
No Score Yet Fame
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Jimmy Hart 1979
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Zale 1979
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Tommy Reese 1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
Jasper Dowd 1979
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Dr. Victor Flory 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
Walter Butler 1971
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Johnson 1967
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Pierre Martin O'Hara Uncle Martin 1966


C.C. Baxter says: It's not the Picasso I'm calling about, it's the key to my apartment. You're supposed to leave it under the mat.

Mr. Joe Dobisch says: But I did didn't I? I distinctly remember bending over and putting it there.

C.C. Baxter says: Oh, I found the key alright. Only it's the wrong key!

Mr. Joe Dobisch says: It is? Well how about that. No wonder I couldn't get into the executive washroom this morning.

C.C. Baxter says: And I couldn't get into my apartment!

Poopdeck Pappy says: Children! You give them everything they want. Give them candy and a lot of toys and what do you get in return? You get a lot of noise: Nah nah nah nah nah, nah, my poppa's a mean old man!