M. Emmet Walsh, Star of 'Knives Out' and 'Blade Runner,' Passes Away at 88

Celebrated Actor's Remarkable Career Spanned Over Six Decades.

by Nouman Rasool
M. Emmet Walsh, Star of 'Knives Out' and 'Blade Runner,' Passes Away at 88
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Renowned for his versatile acting in iconic films such as "Blade Runner" and "Knives Out," M Emmet Walsh, a stalwart of Hollywood, has passed away at the age of 88, his representative confirmed. Over a storied six-decade career, Walsh graced the silver screen in over 200 movies and television shows, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

His role opposite Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding" showcased his broad range and contributed to a rich tapestry of work that spanned genres and generations. Sandy Joseph, Walsh's manager, disclosed to Metro.co.uk that the actor succumbed to cardiac arrest on Tuesday at Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St.

Albans, Vermont. Among his most memorable roles were Captain Bryant in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece "Blade Runner," and Mr. Proofroc in the critically acclaimed "Knives Out," starring Daniel Craig. His portrayal of nuanced characters in both films highlighted his unique talent and adaptability as an actor.

Blade Runner Confusion

In a candid 2017 conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Walsh reminisced about his experience on the set of "Blade Runner," humorously noting that at the time of its release, the film's profound themes were understood by perhaps only Ridley Scott himself.

"We didn’t know what to say or to think or do! We didn’t know what in the hell we had done! The only one who seemed to get it was Ridley," Walsh recalled with a laugh. Walsh's illustrious career was not confined to the big screen.

He also made significant contributions to television, appearing in classics such as "NYPD," "Starsky and Hutch," "The X Files," "Frasier," and more recently, "The Righteous Gemstones" and "American Gigolo" in 2022. Born in Ogdensburg, New York, to a customs agent, Walsh initially pursued a degree in business administration at Clarkson University before setting his sights on Hollywood.

His early roles in films like "Alice’s Restaurant" and "Midnight Cowboy" paved the way for a career filled with memorable performances in "The Jerk" with Steve Martin, "Romeo + Juliet" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others.

Walsh's legacy in film is marked by his collaborations with some of the industry's most revered directors, including the Coen Brothers, Mike Nichols, and Robert Redford, showcasing his incredible range and the profound impact he had on cinema.

His recent work in "Outlaw Posse," starring Whoopi Goldberg, serves as a testament to his enduring talent and versatility. As the film and television communities mourn the loss of M Emmet Walsh, they also celebrate the lasting contributions of a true screen legend.