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Ray Walston

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% RAD (1986)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
96% 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
29% 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
17% 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
29% From the Hip
  • lst Judge
1987
0% RAD
  • Burton Timmer
1986
No Score Yet Amos
  • Johnny Kent
1985
47% 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
59% Popeye
  • Poopdeck Pappy
1980
83% Silver Streak
  • Mr. Whiney
1976
93% The Sting
  • J.J. Singleton
1973
27% Paint Your Wagon
  • Mad Jack Duncan
1969
No Score Yet Caprice
  • Stuart Clancy
1967
73% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Minister Breyer
  • 1999
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Boothby
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
  • War Vet
  • 1998
86% The Stand
1994
  • Glen Bateman
  • 1994
90% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Boothby
  • 1992
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Jimmy Hart
  • 1979

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