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Overview (2)

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tracey Walter was born on November 25, 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Batman (1989) and Repo Man (1984).

Trade Mark (3)

Long, stringy hair
Off-putting smile
Often plays bizarre, untrustworthy types involved in the underworld

Trivia (12)

In 1991, he appeared in films with that year's Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. He played a funeral home director in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and the cook in City Slickers (1991).
Often appears in Jonathan Demme's films.
Started his acting career as an apprentice in summer stock and eventually worked his way up to actor.
Was working in a car parts store in Jersey City when he stumbled upon acting and was hit by the bug after seeing an off-Broadway show ("Scuba Duba") in 1967.
Compact-looking character actor whose known for his seamy, character parts on film and TV.
Was originally considered for the role of "Larry" brother of the two Darells on the sitcom Newhart (1982).
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are godparents to Tracey's daughter Polly Walter.
Has a daughter, Polly Walter, who wrote the script to Cat Dragged In (2008), a movie Tracy also starred in.
Although he has made a career out of playing an assortment of rednecks, hillbillies and slow-witted rural Southerners, he was actually born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised on the East Coast.
He is sometimes confused with fellow character actor William Sanderson, who has sometimes also played the same type of greasy, eccentric Southern lowlifes. Since they have often gone after the same roles, the two actors have actually become friends.
Appearing in ads for IBM. [December 2005]
He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Annie Hall (1977) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Personal Quotes (3)

I do not look for films that have weird characters or offbeat characters. An actor brings to a part that he plays the qualities that they, the actor, have. You can't be something that you don't have within yourself.
I think most actors want to try to do all different genres at least once. Plus, there are a lot of actors, and I'd like to think of myself as one of those actors, who the audience likes to see in different things. They may not even know your name, but if you see him in a film, you say, "Hey! There's what's-his-name!" That's now a legitimate film because that face is in it.
[on being labeled a character actor] It's a complimentary term. Oh yes, I definitely consider myself one. I've heard from people who send me fan letters saying that whenever they see my name involved in a picture, they know it's going to be a good movie. Character actors give the movie ... a lot of character.

Salary (1)

Goin' South (1978) $8,000

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