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J.T. Walsh

1943-09-28 San Francisco, California, USA

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James Thomas Patrick "J. T." Walsh, born in San Francisco, California on September 28, 1943, was a highly talented American actor. He had a successful career in film, television, and theater, known for his versatility and ability to play a wide range of characters. Before becoming an actor, Walsh worked as a stagehand and set builder. He made his on-screen debut in the early 1980s and quickly gained recognition for his convincing performances, often portraying authority figures or antagonists. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Walsh's career took off with notable roles in films like "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), "A Few Good Men" (1992), and "Sling Blade" (1996). He had a commanding and intense presence on screen, making him memorable in both lead and supporting roles. Walsh was known for his roles as "quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs" (quote from Leonard Maltin) in numerous feature films and was described as "everybody's favourite scumbag" by Playboy magazine. Walsh was known for his dedication to authenticity and his meticulous approach to acting. He seamlessly transitioned between genres, showcasing his talent in drama, comedy, and suspense, earning him respect as a character actor. Sadly, J.T. Walsh's career was cut short when he passed away on February 27, 1998, at the age of 54. Despite his relatively short time in the spotlight, he left a lasting legacy, remembered for his memorable performances and the depth he brought to each character he portrayed.


Hidden Agenda Jonathan Zanuck 1999-11-02
Pleasantville Big Bob 1998-09-17
The Negotiator Insp. Terence Niebaum 1998-07-29
Hope Ray Percy 1997-10-19
Breakdown Warren 'Red' Barr 1997-05-02
Sacred Cargo Father Stanislav 1996-08-13
Dark Skies Capt. Frank Bach 1996-09-21
Executive Decision Senator Mavros 1996-03-15
Crime of the Century Col. Norman Schwarzkopf 1996-09-14
Sling Blade Charles Bushman 1996-08-30
Gang in Blue Lt. William Eyler 1996-09-08
Persons Unknown Cake 1996-12-27
The Little Death Ted Hannon 1996-03-26
The Low Life Mike Sr 1995-11-01
Black Day Blue Night Lt. John Quinn 1995-10-01
Charlie's Ghost Story Darryl 1995-12-13
Nixon John Ehrlichman 1995-12-22
Outbreak Chief of Staff (uncredited) 1995-03-10
The Babysitter Harry Tucker 1995-10-17
The Last Seduction Frank Griffith 1994-05-26
Blue Chips Happy 1994-02-18
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade Charles Bushman 1994-03-26
Star Struck Greer 1994-10-30
Miracle on 34th Street Ed Collins 1994-11-18
The Client Jason McThune 1994-07-20
Silent Fall Sheriff Mitch Rivers 1994-10-28
Red Rock West Wayne Brown 1993-05-14
Sniper Beckett's Senior Officer 1993-01-29
Partners "Grave Squad" Lawyer 1993-11-12
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Desk Clerk 1993-02-04
Morning Glory Sheriff Reese Goodloe 1993-09-17
The American Clock 1993-01-02
Needful Things Danforth 'Buster' Keeton III 1993-08-27
In the Shadow of a Killer Insp. Leo Kemeny 1992-04-27
A Few Good Men Lt. Col. Matthew A. Markinson 1992-12-11
Contact Radio Lieutenant 1992-01-01
The Prom Grover Dean 1992-01-01
Hoffa Frank Fitzsimmons 1992-12-25
Defenseless Steven Seldes 1991-08-23
Backdraft Alderman Marty Swayzak 1991-05-24
Iron Maze Jack Ruhle 1991-11-01
True Identity Houston 1991-08-23
Misery State Trooper Sherman Douglas (uncredited) 1990-11-30
Narrow Margin Michael Tarlow 1990-09-21
Crazy People Drucker 1990-04-13
Why Me? Francis Mahoney 1990-02-08
The Grifters Cole 1990-08-08
The Russia House Colonel Quinn 1990-12-21
Wired Bob Woodward 1989-08-25
Dad Dr. Santana 1989-10-27
The Big Picture Allen Habel 1989-09-15
Things Change Hotel Manager 1988-10-21
Tequila Sunrise DEA Agent Hal McGuire 1988-12-02
Tin Men Wing 1987-03-06
House of Games The Businessman 1987-10-11
Good Morning, Vietnam Sgt. Major Dickerson 1987-12-23
Hannah and Her Sisters Ed Smythe 1986-02-07
Power Jerome Cade 1986-01-31
The Beniker Gang Principal Stoddard 1985-01-01
Hard Choices Deputy Anderson 1985-01-24
Right to Kill? Major Vegvary 1985-05-22
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number 1983-05-22
Eddie Macon's Run Man in Bar 1983-03-23