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M. Emmet Walsh is a recipient of the first Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in the Coen Brothers' debut film, Blood Simple. A working actor with approximately 100 feature film and over 150 television credits to his name, Walsh's talent spans both the comedic and dramatic arenas.

Walsh, a premier character actor, has appeared with Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time, Paul Newman in Slapshot, Geraldine Page in Pope of Greenwich Village, and Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. He was featured as the father or the groom in the hit comedy My Best Friend's Wedding.

Walsh received critical praise for his performance in Clean and Sober with Michael Keaton. After an appearance in Brubaker, Robert Redford brought him back to play Timothy Hutton's swimming coach in Ordinary People and again to portray the Governor of New Mexico in The Milagro Beanfield War. Other films to which he is partial are: Alice's Restaurant, The Jerk, Cannery Row, Back to School, Missing in Action, Harry and the Hendersons, The Mighty Quinn, Narrow Margin, Music of Chance, Free Willy II, A Time to Kill, and Fletch.

In 1996, the Breckenridge Film Festival honored Walsh for his memorable portrayals in film. Straight Time and Blood Simple were screened as representative of his contribution to the cinema. In 1998 he was honored at Film Festivals in Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.

Bio courtesy Disney (14-May-2002)


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