‘Blade Runner’ actor was 88 years old

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By journalsofus.com

M. Emmet Walsh, a veteran character actor who has appeared in more than 150 films, including “Blade Runner,” “Blood Simple” and “Knives Out” and played Dermot Mulroney’s father in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” has Has passed away.

His manager Sandy Joseph confirmed that he died on Tuesday in Vermont. He was 88 years old.

In Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner,” Walsh was Harrison Ford’s LAPD boss, while he played vicious private detective Loren Visser in the Coen brothers’ directorial debut “Blood Simple.” Pauline Kael, wearing a yellow suit, said she was the film’s “only colourist”. He shows the nastiness, but he puts a bit of a twist on it – a sportiness.’

His other roles included a corrupt sheriff in the 1986 horror film “Critters” and a small role as a security guard in “Knives Out”.

Walsh appeared in several memorable films of the 1970s, including “Little Big Man” with Dustin Hoffman, “What’s Up, Doc?” with Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand, “Slap Shot” with Paul Newman and “The Jerk” with Steve Martin.

The prolific actor with the hangdog face and trademark punch appeared in “Fletch,” “Back to School,” “Raising Arizona” and “Twilight.”

Film critic Roger Ebert coined the “Stanton–Walsh rule”, which held that no film starring Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmett Walsh in a supporting role could be completely bad, although he acknowledged that this was not an infallible rule. Was.

Walsh, who grew up in Swanton, Vermont, made his film debut in 1969 in “Alice’s Restaurant”.

He was also active on TV, appearing in “Sneaky Pete,” “The Mind of the Married Man” and dozens of series including “Frasier,” “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Played a guest role. ,

He was also in demand as a voice actor, narrating Ken Burns’s “The Civil War” and “Baseball” documentaries and lending his voice to “The Iron Giant” and “Pound Puppies.”

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