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      J.T. Walsh

      J.T. Walsh

      Highest Rated: 98% Red Rock West (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Wired (1989)

      Birthday: Sep 28, 1943

      Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

      A prolific and versatile character performer who excelled at playing the heavy, actor J.T. Walsh enjoyed a fruitful career until his life was cut short in 1998. Walsh came up in the theater world and had successful turns in several of David Mamet's plays before making the jump to the screen with antagonist roles in "Tin Men" (1987) and "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987). He played con men in "House of Games" (1987) and "The Grifters" (1990), and stepped up to blockbusters with Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991). After delivering a fine turn in "A Few Good Men" (1992), he had one of his best performances as a salesman who makes a pact with the devil in "Needful Things" (1993). Walsh followed up by playing an attorney prosecuting Santa Claus in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994) and Watergate co-conspirator John Erlichman in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995). Poised for greater recognition, Walsh triumphed as an evil trucker in the taut thriller, "Breakdown" (1997), but was unable to enjoy the fruits of his success when he died of a heart attack early the next year. His last films, "The Negotiator" (1998) and "Pleasantville" (1998), were dedicated to his memory, all of which left friends and fans wondering what could have been.

      Highest rated movies

      Red Rock West
      Sling Blade House of Games
      The Last Seduction
      The Grifters
      Misery
      Hannah and Her Sisters
      Good Morning, Vietnam

      Photos

      TEQUILA SUNRISE, J.T. Walsh, 1988 ©Warner Brothers

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Agenda Jonathan Zanuck (Character) - 1998
      86% 79% Pleasantville Big Bob (Character) $40.6M 1998
      74% 79% The Negotiator Insp. Terence Niebaum (Character) $44.7M 1998
      83% 68% Breakdown Warren "Red" Barr (Character) $50.2M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope Ray Percy (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 40% The Little Death Ted Hannon (Character) - 1996
      14% 31% Persons Unknown Cake (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 33% Gang in Blue Lt. William Eyler (Character) - 1996
      97% 92% Sling Blade Charles Bushman (Character) $24.5M 1996
      63% 53% Executive Decision Senator Mavros (Character) $55.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 73% Crime of the Century Col. Norman Schwarzkopf (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacred Cargo Father Stanislav (Character) - 1996
      56% 38% The Low Life Mike Sr. (Character) $40.9K 1995
      75% 74% Nixon John Ehrlichman (Character) $13.7M 1995
      29% 16% The Babysitter Harry Tucker (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Day Blue Night Lt. John Quinn (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 0% Star Struck Greer (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Ghost Story Darryl (Character) - 1994
      60% 62% Miracle on 34th Street Ed Collins (Character) $17.2M 1994
      26% 38% Silent Fall Sheriff Mitch Rivers (Character) $2.7M 1994
      94% 76% The Last Seduction Frank Griffith (Character) $1.8M 1994
      80% 68% The Client Jason McThune (Character) $90.8M 1994
      38% 51% Blue Chips Happy (Character) $21.8M 1994
      No Score Yet 81% Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Unknown (Character) - 1994
      32% 44% Needful Things Danforth Keeton III (Character) $15.1M 1993
      98% 75% Red Rock West Wayne Brown aka Kevin McCord (Character) - 1993
      36% 55% Sniper Chester Van Damme (Character) $17.9M 1993
      21% 50% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Desk Clerk (Character) $28.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners Unknown (Character) - 1993
      52% 58% Hoffa Frank Fitzsimmons (Character) $23.3M 1992
      84% 89% A Few Good Men Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (Character) $141.3M 1992
      No Score Yet 37% Defenseless Steven Seldes (Character) $6.4M 1991
      73% 75% Backdraft Alderman Marty Swayzak (Character) $75.7M 1991
      50% 24% True Identity Houston (Character) $4.7M 1991
      No Score Yet 22% Iron Maze Jack Ruhle (Character) $64.2K 1991
      No Score Yet 39% Why Me? Francis Mahoney (Character) $49.9K 1990
      70% 49% The Russia House Quinn (Character) $22.6M 1990
      35% 62% Crazy People Drucker (Character) - 1990
      91% 70% The Grifters Cole (Character) $10.1M 1990
      91% 90% Misery State Trooper Sherman Douglas (uncredited) (Character) $54.7M 1990
      63% 51% Narrow Margin Walsh (Character) $10.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Locos, Locos de Remate Unknown (Character) - 1990
      58% 60% Dad Dr. Santana (Character) $19.7M 1989
      88% 46% The Big Picture Allen Habel (Character) $33.1K 1989
      4% 15% Wired Bob Woodward (Character) $681.1K 1989
      52% 40% Tequila Sunrise DEA Agent Hal Maguire (Character) $39.7M 1988
      85% 80% Things Change Hotel Manager (Character) $2.3M 1988
      89% 82% Good Morning, Vietnam Sgt. Maj. Phillip 'Dick' Dickerson (Character) $123.9M 1987
      97% 79% House of Games The businessman (Character) $416.5K 1987
      50% 44% Power Jerome Cade (Character) $3.1M 1986
      91% 90% Hannah and Her Sisters Ed Smythe (Character) $37.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 79% The Beniker Gang Principal Stoddard (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% Right to Kill? Maj. Eckworth (Character) - 1985

      TV

      Credit
      43% No Score Yet C-16 Jules Rozack (Guest Star) 1997
      67% No Score Yet Dark Skies Capt. Frank Bach (Character) 1996-1997
      74% 86% The X-Files Warden Leo Brodeur (Guest Star) 1995
      86% 84% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Andrew Banks (Guest Star) 1985 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1987