Remembering M. Emmet Walsh’s Best Characters

Michael Emmet Walsh, best known as M. Emmet Walsh passed away on March 19th at the age of 88, just days before his birthday on March 22nd.

He appeared in over 200 films and television series over the course of his career.

Some of his most memorable characters include:

Madman in The Jerk (1979)

Captain Bryant in Blade Runner (1982)

Harv in Critters (1986)

Walt Scheel in Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

He starred as private detective Loren Visser in Blood Simple (1984), the Coen brothers’ first film, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

His other numerous film appearances include Midnight Cowboy (1969), Little Big Man (1970), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Serpico (1973), The Gambler (1974), Bound for Glory (1976), Slap Shot (1977), Airport ’77 (1977), Brubaker (1980), Ordinary People (1980), Reds (1981), Silkwood (1983), Fletch (1985), Back to School (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Romeo + Juliet (1996), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), The Iron Giant (1999), Calvary (2014), and Knives Out (2019).

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