M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh ( born March 22, 1935 in Ogdensburg, New York; actually Michael Emmet Walsh ) is an American actor.

Life and career

Walsh, who is of Irish descent, was born as the son of Agnes Katherine and Harry Maurice Walsh, a customs employee. He grew up in Vermont and graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. After graduating there he began his career as an actor and appeared today in countless films and television series on, mostly as a supporting actor. Popular movies in which he starred are the crime drama Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman, Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford and Christmas with the Kranks with Tim Allen. For his performance in the thriller Blood Simple, he won an Independent Spirit Award in 1986.

The influential film critic Roger Ebert formulated the Stanton - Walsh Rule, which states that no film in which Walsh or Harry Dean Stanton play, could be entirely bad.

Filmography (selection)


  • M. Emmet Walsh at the Internet Movie Database (English)