M. Emmet Walsh

American actor

Michael Emmet Walsh (March 22, 1935 – March 19, 2024) was an American movie, television, stage, and voice actor. He appeared in over 200 movies and television series.[1] He is known for his roles in The Jerk, Blood Simple, Killer Image, Christmas with the Kranks, Wild Wild West, Blade Runner and Knives Out.[2]

M. Emmet Walsh
Walsh in 2009
Michael Emmet Walsh

(1935-03-22)March 22, 1935
DiedMarch 19, 2024(2024-03-19) (aged 88)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Years active1968–2024

According to Roger Ebert's Stanton-Walsh Rule, "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." Ebert later conceded that this rule was broken by 1999's Wild Wild West (Walsh) and Dream a Little Dream (Stanton).

Walsh died from cardiac arrest in St. Albans, Vermont, on March 19, 2024, at the age of 88, just three days before his 89th birthday.[3][4]


  1. Jacobs, Alex (2008-07-12). "Walsh marks 50-year reunion". WatertownDailyTimes.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  2. M. Emmet Walsh Biography (1935-)
  3. Koseluk, Chris (March 20, 2024). "M. Emmet Walsh, Actor in 'Blood Simple' and 'Blade Runner,' Dies at 88". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2024.
  4. M. Emmet Walsh, 'Blade Runner' and 'Knives Out' Actor, Dead at 88

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