M. EMMET WALSH Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Michael Emmet Walsh                                                             
Born: 22 March 1935 Ogdensburg, New York, U.S.                                       
Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935) is an American character actor who has     
appeared in over 100 film and television productions.                                 
Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, New York, the son of Agnes Kathrine (née Sullivan)     
and Harry Maurice Walsh, Sr., a customs agent. He first came to prominence in         
the 1978 crime drama, "Straight Time," in which he played a sadistic parole           
officer. One of his most acclaimed roles was as Bryant in Ridley Scott's cult         
classic Blade Runner. Another notable role is as the double crossing private         
detective in Blood Simple (1984) for which he won the 1986 Independent Spirit         
Award for Best Male Lead. Walsh made occasional guest appearances on Home             
Improvement as Tim Allen's father-in-law. In Christmas with the Kranks, he           
played one of Allen's neighbors. He also appeared as Alex, a motorcycle cop who       
appointed himself as Sandy Stockton's (Sandy Duncan) chaperone/ protector on The     
Sandy Duncan Show in 1972.                                                           
According to Roger Ebert's "Stanton-Walsh Rule" - "no movie featuring either         
Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad".     
Ebert later conceded that this rule was broken by 1999's Wild Wild West.