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M. Emmet Walsh

Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s. Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh, a customs agent. He is of ... See full bio »
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 2014 Boiling Pot (completed)
Dean Marison
 2013 Cigar Man (Short) (completed)
Cigar Man
 2012-2014 Adventure Time (TV Series)
Cosmic Owl
- Wake Up (2014) ... Cosmic Owl (voice)
- Frost & Fire (2013) ... Cosmic Owl (voice)
- Jake the Dog (2012) ... Cosmic Owl (voice)
 2014 Calvary
The Writer
 2010-2013 Pound Puppies (TV Series)
- Lucky Has to Move (2013) ... Olaf (voice)
- Lord of the Fleas (2013) ... Olaf (voice)
- Little Monster (2013) ... Olaf (voice)
- Doubles Trouble (2013) ... Olaf (voice)
- No More S'mores (2013) ... Olaf (voice)
 2012 Love Sick Love
 2012 Arthur Newman
 2012 Army Wives (TV Series)
Bernie Wallacheck
- Battle Scars (2012) ... Bernie Wallacheck
 2010 The Assignment
Mr. Beudreaux
 2010 Chasing 3000
Chuck Ireland
 2010 'Til Death (TV Series)
Uncle Rudolph
- Let's Go (2010) ... Uncle Rudolph
 2009 Don McKay
 2008 Haunted Echoes (Video)
 2008/I Your Name Here
 2008 Sherman's Way
 2007 Man in the Chair
Mickey Hopkins
 2005 Greener Mountains
 2003 The Guardian (TV Series)
Ezra Pence
- Big Coal (2003) ... Ezra Pence
 2003 Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales (TV Movie)
Wally Westland
 2003 Charlie Lawrence (TV Series)
- New Kid in School (2003) ... Cubby
 2003/I Baggage
Sandy Westphall
 2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? (TV Series)
- Scooby-Doo Christmas (2002) ... Jeb (voice)
 2002 Snow Dogs
 2001 Frasier (TV Series)
Rich Koechner
- Bully for Martin (2001) ... Rich Koechner
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
- Reunion (2001) ... Gus
 2001 Gideon's Crossing (TV Series)
Dr. Matthews
- A Routine Case (2001) ... Dr. Matthews
 2001 Christmas in the Clouds
Stu O'Malley
 2001 Eyeball Eddie (Short)
Coach Cook
 2000 Jack of Hearts
Commissioner Menlo Boyce
 2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (TV Series)
Aubrey Lang
- The Book of Danny (2000) ... Aubrey Lang
 2000 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Dr. Joe Kroft
- Roll Out the Barrel (2000) ... Dr. Joe Kroft
 1999 Monster! (TV Movie)
Lloyd Reeves
 1999 Me and Will
 1999 Random Hearts
Billy (uncredited)
 1999 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (TV Series)
Mack (voice)
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Gemsbok #1
- Rain Dance (1999) ... Gemsbok #1 (voice)
 1999 The Iron Giant
Earl Stutz (voice)
 1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
Arthur Dales
 1998 Nightmare in Big Sky Country
Marshal Phillips
 1998 Men in White (TV Movie)
Junior Assistant Dispatch Trainee Stanley Snyder
 1998 Erasable You
Ralph Worth
 1998 Chairman of the Board
 1998 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Jimmy Duff
- Sports (1998) ... Jimmy Duff
 1997 The Killing Jar
Sheriff Foley
 1997 Retroactive
 1996 Early Edition (TV Series)
- Christmas (1996) ... Santa
 1996 Madness of Method (TV Short)
Rudolph Thorndyke
 1996 The Lottery (TV Movie)
Chief Davis
 1996 Portraits of a Killer
Raymond Garrison
 1996 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Sanford Vallé
- The Refuge (1996) ... Sanford Vallé
 1996 The Nerd (TV Movie)
Mr. Walgrave
 1995 Criminal Hearts
 1995/I Panther
 1994 Relative Fear
Earl Ladelle
 1994 Probable Cause (TV Movie)
 1994 Camp Nowhere
T.R. Polk
 1994 Cops and Robbersons (uncredited)
 1994 Dead Badge
Sergeant Miller Hoskins
 1993 Bitter Harvest
Sheriff Bob
 1993 The Jackie Thomas Show (TV Series)
Arlen Thomas
- Aloha, Io-wahu (1993) ... Arlen Thomas
 1993 The Music of Chance
Calvin Murks
 1992 Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Movie)
 1992 Wild Card (TV Movie)
 1992 Equinox
Pete Petosa
 1992 White Sands
Bert Gibson
 1992 Killer Image
John Kane
 1991 Silverfox (TV Movie)
Charles Blankenship
 1991 Fourth Story (TV Movie)
 1990 The Flash (TV Series)
Henry Allen
- Pilot (1990) ... Henry Allen
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Various (voice)
 1990 Narrow Margin
Sgt. Dominick Benti (as M. Emmett Walsh)
 1990 Love and Lies (TV Movie)
Clyde Wilson
 1989 Catch Me If You Can
Johnny Phatmun
 1989 Chattahoochee
 1989 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Collection Completed (1989) ... Jonas
 1989 Thunderground
 1989 The Mighty Quinn
Fred Miller
 1989 Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Mini-Series)
 1988 Red Scorpion
 1988 War Party
Colin Ditweiler
 1988 Clean and Sober
Richard Dirks
 1988 Sunset
Chief Marvin Dibner
 1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
 1987 No Man's Land
Captain Haun
 1987 Murder Ordained (TV Movie)
Vern Humphrey
 1987 The Abduction of Kari Swenson (TV Movie)
Don Nichols
 1987 Broken Vows (TV Movie)
Detective Mulligan
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
- Magic Saturday (1986) ... Grandpa
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
General Presser
- Hero in the Family (1986) ... General Presser
 1986 The Deliberate Stranger (TV Movie)
Det. Sam Davies
 1986 Resting Place (TV Movie)
 1986 Critters
 1986 Wildcats
Walt Coes
 1986 The Best of Times
 1986 The Right of the People (TV Movie)
 1986 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Detective Underhill
- Ghostwriter (1986) ... Detective Underhill
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Peter (segment "Dealer's Choice")
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (1985) ... Peter (segment "Dealer's Choice")
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
 1984 Courage
Colonel Crouse
 1984 Missing in Action
Jack Tucker
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Mr. Clark
 1984 The Outlaws (TV Movie)
Warden MacDonald
 1984 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Samuel Lynn
 1984 Scandalous
Simon Reynolds
 1983 Silkwood
Walt Yarborough
 1983 Night Partners (TV Movie)
Joe Kirby
 1983 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Joe Lempke
- The Woman Who Willed a Miracle (1983) ... Joe Lempke
 1982 The Escape Artist
 1982 Fast-Walking
Sergeant Sanger
 1982 Cannery Row
 1981 Reds
Speaker - Liberal Club
 1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
- Chicago (1981) ... Callahan
 1981 Back Roads
 1981 Hellinger's Law (TV Movie)
Mr. Graebner
 1981 East of Eden (TV Mini-Series)
Sheriff Horace Quinn
- Part Three (1981) ... Sheriff Horace Quinn (as E. Emmet Walsh)
- Part Two (1981) ... Sheriff Horace Quinn (as E. Emmet Walsh)
- Part One (1981) ... Sheriff Horace Quinn (as E. Emmet Walsh, credit only)
 1980 High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (TV Movie)
Harold Patton
 1980 Ordinary People
Swim Coach
 1980 Raise the Titanic
Master Chief Vinnie Walker
 1980 City in Fear (TV Movie)
Sheldon Lewis
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980) ... Moran
 1979 The Gift (TV Movie)
Legion Commander
 1979 The Jerk
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
 1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Wally Cantrell
 1979 Dear Detective (TV Series)
Capt. Gorcey
- Pilot (1979) ... Capt. Gorcey
 1979 No Other Love (TV Movie)
 1978 James at 16 (TV Series)
Coach Federson
- Queen of the Silver Dollar (1978) ... Coach Federson
 1978 A Question of Guilt (TV Movie)
Inspector McCartney
 1978 Superdome (TV Movie)
 1976-1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Freddie / Lloyd Herman Eckworth
- The Action (1978) ... Freddie
- Vendetta (1976) ... Lloyd Herman Eckworth
 1977 Red Alert (TV Movie)
Sheriff Sweeney
 1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Sergeant Malloy / Officer Malloy
- Episode #2.110 (1977) ... Sergeant Malloy (credit only)
- Episode #2.107 (1977) ... Officer Malloy (uncredited)
 1977 Slap Shot
Dickie Dunn
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
- Afternoon Waltz (1976) ... Yostie
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Bus Driver
 1976 Nickelodeon
'Father' Logan
 1976 Bound for Glory
Husband - Couple in Trailer Automobile
 1976 The Invasion of Johnson County (TV Movie)
 1975-1976 Baretta (TV Series)
McDade / Potter
- Dead Man Out (1976) ... McDade
- The Secret of Terry Lake (1975) ... Potter
 1975 Crime Club (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Jack Doyle
 1975 The Waltons (TV Series)
David Fletcher
- The Venture (1975) ... David Fletcher
 1975 At Long Last Love
 1975 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Edgar Burch
- Counter Gambit (1975) ... Edgar Burch
 1974 Amy Prentiss (TV Series)
- Baptism of Fire (1974) ... Tom
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Officer Ames
- Buried Alive (1974) ... Officer Ames
 1974 The Gambler
Las Vegas Gambler
 1974 Doctor Dan (TV Movie)
Mr. Wallace
 1973 Serpico
 1973 Kid Blue
 1972 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Jack Hoover
- P-I-L-O-T (1972) ... Jack Hoover
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Wendel
 1972 What's Up, Doc?
Arresting Officer
 1971-1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Gabe McCutcheon
- Peanuts and Crackerjacks (1971) ... Gabe McCutcheon (as Emmet Walsh)
- Gulley vs. Hansen (1971) ... Gabe McCutcheon (as Emmet Walsh)
 1972 The Don Rickles Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... Kingston
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
- Warbonnet (1971) ... Mattheson (as Emmet Walsh)
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Telegraph Clerk
- Dear Fran... (1971) ... Telegraph Clerk
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Lionel Atkins
- Another Day, Another Scholar (1971) ... Lionel Atkins (as T. Emmet Walsh)
 1971 All in the Family (TV Series)
Billy Hartfield
- The Saga of Cousin Oscar (1971) ... Billy Hartfield
 1971 They Might Be Giants
1st Sanitation Man
 1971 Cold Turkey
 1971 Julia (TV Series)
Gus Anderson
- Courting Time (1971) ... Gus Anderson
- Cousin of the Bride (1971) ... Gus Anderson
 1970 Arnie (TV Series)
- To Buy or Not to Buy? (1970) ... Cliff
 1970 Little Big Man
Shotgun Guard
 1970 The Traveling Executioner
Warden Brodski
 1970 End of the Road
Crab Man / Tutu Man
 1969 Alice's Restaurant
Group W Sergeant
 1969 Stiletto
Racing Partner (uncredited)
 1969 The Skirts of Happy Chance (TV Movie)
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
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"Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?," written by Don Petersen; directed by Michael Schultz; produced by Philip Rose and Huntington Hartford, and in association with Jay Weston; with Michael Brandon (portraying Prince); Bob Christian (portraying Deek); Laura Figueroa (portraying Marietta); Hal Holbrook (portraying Mr. Winters); Lauren... See more »

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Alternate Names:

E. Emmet Walsh | Emmet Walsh | M. Emmett Walsh | T. Emmet Walsh


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I don't have an ego when I get the work. If I'm playing a doctor I want you to see a doctor. I don't want you to see an Emmet Walsh doctor and that's I think been the confusion with my career. People know my work, but they don't know who I am. I've always had fun hiding in the character. See more »


Critic Roger Ebert so admired him that he created the "Stanton-Walsh Rule," which states that "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." Ebert later admitted this rule was broken by Wild Wild West (1999), in which Walsh appeared. See more »


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