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Ray Walston is a Actor American born on 2 november 1914 at New Orleans (USA)

Ray Walston

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Birth name Herman Walston
Nationality USA
Birth 2 november 1914 at New Orleans (USA)
Death 1 january 2001 (at 86 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)

Herman Raymond "Ray" Walston (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was an American actor and comedian, best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. He had such iconic film, television and stage roles as Luther Billis (South Pacific), Mr. Applegate (Damn Yankees), J.J. Singleton (The Sting), Mr. Hand (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Candy (Of Mice and Men), and Judge Henry Bone (Picket Fences).

On January 1, 2001, Walston died of lupus in his Beverly Hills, California home at age 86.


Early life
Herman Raymond Walston was born on November 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the second son and youngest child of lumberjack Harry Norman (1881–19??) and Mittie (née Kimball) Walston (December 25, 1883–August 16, 1950). He had an older sister, Carrie (1907–19??), and an older brother, Earl (February 4, 1908–December 4, 1998).

He started acting at an early age, beginning his tenure as a "spear carrier" rounding out productions at many New Orleans theaters. He mostly played small roles with stock companies, where he not only starred in traveling shows but also worked at a movie theater, selling tickets and cleaning the stage floors. His family moved to Dallas, Texas, where, in 1938, he joined a repertory theater company under Margo Jones.

Stage work
Walston was popular with Margo Jones's team of actors before he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent three years with the Cleveland Play House. He then traveled to New York City, where he made his Broadway debut in a 1945 production of Hamlet. Three years later, he became one of the first members admitted to the newly formed Actors Studio.

In 1949, he appeared in the short-lived play Mrs. Gibbons' Boys directed by George Abbott, who later cast him as Satan in the 1955 musical Damn Yankees opposite Gwen Verdon as his sexy aide Lola. The chemistry between the two was such that they both garnered critical success and won awards for their roles. After a decade in New York theater, he won a Tony Award, and he and Verdon were invited to reprise their roles in the 1958 film version. He starred as Luther Billis in the 1951 London production of South Pacific. He reprised that role in the 1958 film adaptation. He and Juanita Hall (as Bloody Mary) were the only cast members to appear in both the stage and movie versions. Additional Broadway credits included The Front Page, Summer and Smoke, King Richard III, Wish You Were Here, and House of Flowers. In 1957, Actress and Producer Katharine Cornell placed him in a role on Broadway in Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize winning play about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, There Shall Be No Night. The play was adapted for television for a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Walston had a prominent role in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Me and Juliet, portraying the stage manager of the musical-within-the-musical, but his character did not participate in any of the musical numbers.

Film and television work
Walston had a successful movie career aside from Damn Yankees!, including such films as Kiss Them for Me, South Pacific, Say One for Me, Tall Story; Portrait in Black, The Apartment, Convicts 4, Wives and Lovers, Who's Minding the Store?, Kiss Me, Stupid, Caprice, Paint Your Wagon, The Sting, and Silver Streak.

He narrated many United States Department of Defense and Atomic Energy Commission (now United States Department of Energy) films about nuclear experiment, including the Operation Hardtack I nuclear test film series of 1958. He guest starred on numerous television programs, including The Outlaws, The Americans, and a television version of Going My Way.

My Favorite Martian

Walston achieved his greatest success as the title character (Uncle Martin) on My Favorite Martian from 1963–66, alongside co-star Bill Bixby. Although the show gained a large audience in syndication, My Favorite Martian typecasted Walston and he had difficulty finding serious roles after the show's cancellation. He returned to character actor status in the 1970s/80s, and guest starred in such series as Custer, The Wild Wild West, Love, American Style, The Rookies, Mission: Impossible, Ellery Queen, The Six Million Dollar Man, Little House on the Prairie, and The Incredible Hulk, again with Bill Bixby, in which Walston played Jasper the Magician in an episode called "My Favorite Magician". In 1976, he played Edgar Whiney in Silver Streak.

Television comeback

From 1980–1992, Walston starred in fourteen movies, including 1981's Galaxy of Terror, and 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (as well as the 1986 television adaptation) as Mr. Hand. In a 1999 interview, Walston said that he was happy and relieved that when he walked down the street, young fans shouted at him "Mr. Hand" because he had finally torn away from his Martian role. In 1984, Walston played a judge on an episode of Night Court. Six years later, he made a guest appearance on an episode of L.A. Law. He later was hired for the role of Judge Henry Bone on Picket Fences; the character was originally a recurring role, but Walston proved to be so popular the character was later upgraded to a starring role.

He made an appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Boothby, head groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy in San Francisco, and he reprised the character twice on Star Trek: Voyager, despite the series being set in a distant part of the galaxy. (The first time, he actually played an alien participating in a simulation of the Academy; the second appearance was in a dream sequence.) During his appearance on Star Trek: Voyager in "In the Flesh", he often had trouble with remembering his lines during long one-shot dialogue scenes, but while the cameraman was changing the film for the scene in the briefing room, he quoted a line from Hamlet. Robert Beltran then quoted the next line, and Walston the next. The two went on for several minutes, amazing the entire cast and crew.

In 1985, Walston made a brief appearance in the opening credits of Steven Spielberg's series Amazing Stories, as a caveman acting out a story for his tribe. Only a few seconds long, this performance began every episode of the subsequent series. In 1992, Walston played the role of Candy in the big-screen remake of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. He would work alongside Sinise again two years later in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.

Walston was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Picket Fences, winning twice, in 1995 and 1996. CBS cancelled the show after four seasons in 1996. Walston made a guest appearance in an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman entitled "Remember Me", in which he portrayed the father of Jake Slicker, who was stricken with Alzheimer's disease.

Walston married Ruth Calvert (March 15, 1916–January 26, 2004), a great-granddaughter of former Governor Oran Roberts of Texas –on November 3, 1943. The couple had one daughter, Katharine Ann.

Later years
Walston was diagnosed with lupus in 1994, and his career began winding down thereafter. He appeared in an AT&T long distance TV commercial in 1995, in which his dialogue implied he was Uncle Martin from Mars, looking for good rates to talk to fellow Martians living in the United States.

Walston played Grandfather Walter Addams in the Addams Family Reunion (1998), a reboot to the blockbuster 1991 film The Addams Family. The next year, he appeared in the movie remake of his hit series, My Favorite Martian (1999). He appeared in the Touched By An Angel episode, The Face on the Barroom Floor, which aired on October 15, 2000.

Walston made a cameo in the 7th Heaven episode, One Hundred, which aired on January 29, 2001, 28 days after his death. His final movie role was in the independent film, Early Bird Special, which was released later that year.

Walston died at 86 on January 1, 2001 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, six years after being diagnosed with lupus. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two grandchildren. He was cremated, and his ashes given to his daughter.

Best films

The Sting (1973)
Popeye (1980)
The Apartment (1960)

Usually with

Frank Tashlin
Frank Tashlin
(3 films)
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(2 films)
Joshua Logan
Joshua Logan
(3 films)
Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2 films)
Bob Clark
Bob Clark
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ray Walston (44 films)

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My Favorite Martian, 1h20
Directed by Donald Petrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Mars in film, Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Martiens, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Jeff Daniels, Christopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Ray Walston, Wayne Knight
Roles Armitan
Rating51% 2.5553452.5553452.5553452.5553452.555345
The film opens on Mars, showing the last moments of a Mars rover's mission. As the rover prepares to sample a Martian rock, the rover loses power and becomes inoperable. The scene pans up from the dead rover to show a huge, undiscovered Martian city just beyond the rock the rover was about to sample. A spaceship is seen quickly rocketing from the city and accelerating into space.
Addams Family Reunion, 1h31
Directed by Dave Payne
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about families
Actors Daryl Hannah, Tim Curry, Nicole Fugere, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Thomas, Jerry Messing
Roles Walter Adams
Rating39% 1.9747251.9747251.9747251.9747251.974725
Discovering that his grandparents have developed "Waltzheimer's disease", a disease that is slowly turning them "normal", Gomez organizes a family reunion, hoping that some branch of his enormous family tree will find a cure. Unfortunately, the company arranging the reunion misspells his surname and reunites him with the Adams family instead, including Dr. Philip Adams, who plans to poison his father and rearrange his will.
House Arrest, 1h48
Directed by Harry Winer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Jennifer Tilly, Christopher McDonald, Wallace Shawn, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Roles Chief Rocco
Rating57% 2.8969052.8969052.8969052.8969052.896905
The film begins by showing the Beindorfs, Janet (Jamie Lee Curtis), Ned (Kevin Pollak), Gregory whose nicknamed "Grover" (Kyle Howard), and Stacy (Amy Sakasitz), a supposedly happy family living a typical family life in the suburbs of Defiance, Ohio. It is revealed that Janet and Ned are not happy and in fact separating although they tell their children it is not a divorce. Grover and Stacy first try to recreate their parents' honeymoon in the basement of their house but this fails to bring any happiness into their relationship. The children then leave the basement telling their parents they must get another surprise for them upstairs. They go up, close the door, and nail it shut. They vow to keep it shut until their parents work out their problems.
Project: ALF, 1h35
Directed by Dick Lowry
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Actors William O'Leary, Jensen Daggett, Paul Fusco, Martin Sheen, Scott Michael Campbell, Beverly Archer
Roles Motel Manager
Rating54% 2.7063052.7063052.7063052.7063052.706305
The film begins where the original television series finishes, with Gordon Shumway—otherwise known as ALF, short for Alien Life Form—being captured by the US Air Force's Alien Task Force while attempting to depart Earth. ALF is kept under lock and key at Edmonds Air Force Base under the xenophobic orders of Colonel Milfoil (Martin Sheen), although he manages to charm his airman jailers and convert his cell into a bachelor pad. Acting on his own initiative, Milfoil plans on killing his prisoner under the guise of a beauty treatment, for which he has left a paper trail implicating his aide de camp, Lieutenant Reese (Scott Michael Campbell), setting him up as a scapegoat. They talk about ALF's relationship with the Tanner family, and the Tanners' move to Iceland.
The Stand (TV miniseries), 6h6
Directed by Mick Garris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror, Romance, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films set in the future, Demons in film, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Rob Lowe, Laura San Giacomo, Miguel Ferrer
Roles Glen Bateman
Rating70% 3.548883.548883.548883.548883.54888
At a government laboratory in rural California, a weaponized version of influenza (called Project Blue) is accidentally released, immediately wiping out everyone on staff except for military policeman Charles Campion and his family, who flee the base. However, Campion is already infected by the superflu, nicknamed "Captain Trips", and spreads it to the outside world. That evening, Campion crashes his car at a gas station in East Texas where Stu Redman (Gary Sinise) and some friends have gathered. When they investigate, they find Campion dying of the flu next to his wife and baby daughter, who are already dead. Campion tells Stu with his dying breath that he was followed from the base by a mysterious figure, and states "You can't outrun the Dark Man". The next day, the U.S. military arrive to quarantine the town. While the other townspeople quickly become ill and die, Stu remains healthy and is confined at a CDC facility in Vermont order to study a possible cure. This proves futile and the superflu rages unchecked, causing civilization to collapse and killing over 99% of the population of the entire world in less than two months.
The Player
The Player (1992)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Musical films
Actors Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James
Roles Ray Walston
Rating74% 3.74813.74813.74813.74813.7481
Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is a Hollywood studio executive dating story editor Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson). He hears story pitches from screenwriters and decides which have the potential to be made into films, green-lighting only 12 out of 50,000 submissions every year. His job is threatened when up-and-coming story executive Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) begins working at the studio. Mill has also been receiving death threat postcards, assumed to be from a screenwriter whose pitch he rejected.
Of Mice and Men, 1h46
Directed by Gary Sinise
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about the labor movement, Teen movie
Actors John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko, Sherilyn Fenn, John Terry
Roles Candy
Rating74% 3.748433.748433.748433.748433.74843
During the Great Depression, the quick-witted George Milton (Gary Sinise) looks after his physically strong companion, Lennie Small (John Malkovich), who is also mentally disabled. The two are fleeing from their previous employment as workmen in Weed, California. Other farmers chase them after Lennie was accused of attempted rape when he touched and held onto a young woman (Moira Harris) and her pretty red dress, prompted by his love of stroking soft things. George and Lennie escape, hop on board a train, and obtain work passes from a new town. A bus was supposed to transport them to a new ranch for work, but the bus driver drops the two off 10 miles beforehand. While walking down the road to the ranch, George gets aggravated by Lennie's incessant questioning about where they are going, since he easily forgot three times. George then catches Lennie petting a dead mouse he accidentally killed while stroking it too hard since he never knows his own muscular strength. Despite Lennie's pleas to keep the dead mouse and his claims that he did not kill it, George takes it away and throws it, causing Lennie to cry. George, showing sympathy, tells him he will probably get him a puppy.
Popcorn (1991)
, 1h37
Directed by Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Films about insects, Giant monster films, Comedy horror films, Disaster films
Actors Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Kelly Jo Minter, Dee Wallace, Tony Roberts, Ray Walston
Roles Dr. Mnesyne
Rating58% 2.9481452.9481452.9481452.9481452.948145
College film student and aspiring film writer Maggie Butler (Jill Schoelen) has been having recurring dreams of a young girl named Sarah who is caught in a fire and being chased by a strange man who is trying to kill her. She records what she remembers on an audio tape and plans on making the story into a film. Maggie lives with her mother Suzanne (Dee Wallace Stone), who has been receiving strange, demonic prank calls recently. On her way to class, a boy she has been seeing named Mark (Derek Rydall) embraces her and tries to get her go to his place. Maggie shuns his advances, explaining that she can't be distracted from writing her script.
Ski Patrol
Ski Patrol (1990)
, 1h31
Directed by Richard Correll
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films
Actors Roger Rose, T. K. Carter, Leslie Jordan, Paul Feig, Ray Walston, Martin Mull
Roles Pops
Rating51% 2.55142.55142.55142.55142.5514
Des instructeurs de ski doivent faire face à un riche et snob promotteur, et ses sbires qui tentent de miner la sécurité des pentes par leurs manigances douteuses. *Ce film a été doublé en joual*
Class Cruise, 1h35
Directed by Oz Scott
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Billy Warlock, Jordan Brady, Michael DeLuise, Andrea Elson, Richard Moll, Marc Price
Roles Cappy Connors
Rating59% 2.9967752.9967752.9967752.9967752.996775
A group of Mensa high school students are rewarded for their academic efforts by going on a 14-week ocean cruise. However, the students encounter another group of students, who are known for their unruly behavior. The two groups clash due to their different academic and social classes.
Crash Course, 1h35
Directed by Oz Scott
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jackée Harry, Alyssa Milano, Brian Bloom, Harvey Korman, Olivia D'Abo, B.D. Wong
Roles Principal Paulson
Rating53% 2.65492.65492.65492.65492.6549
Crash Course centers on a group of high schoolers in a driver’s education class; many for the second or third time. The recently divorced teacher, super-passive Larry Pearl, is on thin ice with the football fanatic principal, Principal Paulson, who is being pressured by the district superintendent to raise driver’s education completion rates or lose his coveted football program. With this in mind, Principal Paulson and his assistant, with a secret desire for his job, Abner Frasier, hire an outside driver’s education instructor with a very tough reputation, Edna Savage, aka E.W. Savage, who quickly takes control of the class.