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Encyclopedia > J. T. Walsh
J. T. Walsh
Born September 28, 1943
San Francisco, California
Died February 27, 1998

James Thomas Patrick Walsh (September 28, 1943February 27, 1998) was an American actor known for his roles as "quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs" (quote from Leonard Maltin) in numerous feature films and "everybody's favorite scumbag" from Playboy Magazine. September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean by UNESCO. [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean by UNESCO. [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Leonard Maltin (born December 18, 1950 in New York City) is a widely known and respected American film critic. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, or pornography magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ...

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Biography

Early life

Walsh was born in San Francisco, California. He had three siblings, Christopher, Patricia, and Mary. After returning from studying at Clongowes Wood College in the Republic of Ireland, Walsh attended the University of Rhode Island, where he starred in many college theater productions. In 1974, he was discovered by a director and began working in off-Broadway shows. Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... Clongowes Wood College is a private secondary boarding school for boys in County Kildare, Ireland run by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) since 1814, making it one of Irelands oldest Catholic schools. ... The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as URI, is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


Career

Walsh did not start appearing in feature films until 1983, when he had a minor role in Eddy Macon's Run. Over the next 15 years, he played in over 50 feature films, increasingly taking the bad guy role for which he is so well known, e.g. the loudly irascible Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in Good Morning, Vietnam. Walsh had one of his best roles as Wayne in Red Rock West (1992). In his last year, he starred in Hidden Agenda, Pleasantville, and The Negotiator. All three of those movies were dedicated to his memory, after he died from a heart attack on February 27, 1998. In addition, Jack Nicholson dedicated his Academy Award for As Good as It Gets to the memory of Walsh, with whom he had starred in A Few Good Men and Hoffa in 1992. The 1997 thriller Breakdown featured Walsh as the villainous truck driver, which raised his profile to movie audiences. Sadly, it was said that Walsh wanted to show his range as an actor and play good guy parts, which proved slim, although the actor did get to play but a few decent people like the White House Chief of Staff in Outbreak in an inspired cameo, and Chester Van Damme in Sniper but even those roles had Walsh putting an amoral streak within his characters. Walsh played a member of Majestic-12 in the 1996-1997 sci-fi/drama television series Dark Skies. Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 comedy/drama film set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, based on the career of Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio Saigon (AFRS), who proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors with what they... VHS cover of Red Rock West Red Rock West is a 1992 film directed by John Dahl. ... Pleasantville DVD cover Pleasantville is a film first released in Canada on September 17, 1998 starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels. ... The Negotiator is a drama/thriller film that takes place in Chicago was released on July 29, 1998. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), better known as Jack Nicholson or The Jack is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... As Good as It Gets is a 1997 film which tells the story of an obsessive-compulsive, cantankerous, racist, homophobic writer named Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) who, because of his anxiety disorder, lives in a world that has shrunk to about the size of his apartment and the books he... A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed on Broadway and was subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. ... Hoffa is a 1992 biopic film based on the life and mysterious death of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Breakdown is a 1997 film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. ... Outbreak (1995) is a suspense film starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman. ... Sniper is a 1993 action film starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane as American military snipers on an assassination mission in Panama. ... The 1947 letter, purported to be signed by Harry Truman, authorizing Operation Majestic Twelve. Majestic 12 (also known as Majic 12, Majestic Trust, MJ 12 or MJ XII) is the purported code name of a secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, supposedly formed in 1947 by an... Dark Skies is an United States sci-fi/drama television series which aired 1996-1997 for 20 episodes. ...


Personal life

Walsh died from a heart attack in La Mesa, California on February 27, 1998. Walsh, father of actor John West, was the inspiration for Fametracker's The J.T. Walsh Memorial "Hey! It's That Guy!" feature on character actors. He was also afraid of bees. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... La Mesa is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ... Fametracker is a pop culture website which calls itself The Farmers Almanac of Celebrity Worth. The site was started in 1999 by Tara Ariano (screenname Wing Chun), a sometime MSNBC.com contributor, and her husband David T. Cole (screenname Glark), who live in Toronto and also co-created Television... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ...


Jt was not afraid of bees. I was with him, circa 1978, when he let a wasp walk up his arm. Granted, it was half dead, but I wouldn't have done it!


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