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M. Emmet Walsh
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    (March 22, 1935- )
    Born in Ogdensburg, New York
    Birth name was Michael Emmet Walsh
    Appeared in the films 'Alice's Restaurant' (1969), 'What's Up Doc?' (1972), 'Serpico' (1973), 'Slap Shot' (1976), 'The Jerk' (1979), 'Ordinary People' (1980), 'Blade Runner' (1982), 'Blood Simple' (1984), 'Fletch' (1985), 'Back to School' (1986), 'Raising Arizona' (1987), 'Free Willy 2' (1995), 'William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet' (1996), 'My Best Friend's Wedding' (1997), 'Wild, Wild West' (1999) and 'Christmas with the Kranks' (2004)
    Portrayed Tim Taylor's father-in-law, Colonel Fred Patterson, on Home Improvement
    In some films, he is billed as 'Emmett' Walsh.
    He usually plays rednecks, criminals, police officers or - combining all three - corrupt Southern cops.
    Roger Ebert said that his appearance in 'Wild, Wild West' finally violated the Stanton-Walsh Rule (see below).
    He has been deaf in his left ear since age three.
    He won the Independent Spirit Award for best actor for 'Blood Simple.'
    According to Ebert's Stanton-Walsh Rule, 'No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.'

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