Michael Emmet Walsh, born March 22, 1935, is an American actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. He portrays in the FOX television series, Empire.
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.
Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh, a customs agent. He is of Irish descent. Walsh first appeared in a few fairly forgettable roles both on TV and onscreen before cropping up in several well remembered films, including a courtroom police officer in (1972), as the weird Dickie Dunn in (1977), and as a loony sniper hunting in (1979). On-screen demand heated up for him in the early 1980s with attention-grabbing work in key hits, including (1980), (1981), and as 's police chief in the futuristic thriller (1982). Walsh then turned in a stellar performance as the sleazy, double-crossing private detective in the and film noir (1984), and showed up again for the Coens as a loud-mouthed sheet-metal worker bugging in the hilarious (1987). As Walsh moved into his fifties and beyond, Hollywood continued to offer him plenty of work, and he has appeared in over 50 movies since passing the half-century mark. His consistent ability to turn out highly entertaining portrayals led film critic to coin the "Stanton-Walsh Rule," which states that any film starring Walsh or has to have some merit. And the "M" stands for Michael!
The film being shown on Friday, September 2, is Critters, the 1986 classic starring Dee Wallace and M Emmet Walsh, in which a race of small, furry aliens invade a remote American farming town.