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M. Emmet Walsh

Actor

Born: 22 March 1935
Birthplace: Ogsdensburg, New York
Best known as:

The cynical head cop in the sci-fi film Blade Runner

Name at birth: Michael Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh was a remarkably busy movie character actor in the late 20th century. After an early turn in the film Alice's Restaurant in 1969, Walsh stayed busy, often appearing in six movies per year. (By 2012, the Internet Movie Database listed 202 titles in his filmography.) Shambling and classically rumpled, Walsh was frequently cast as a corrupt cop, a shady neer-do-well or a lovable redneck of sorts. His best-known role may be that of Bryant, the cynical head cop who strong-arms Harrison Ford in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982). In the 21st century, M. Emmet Walsh has continued to play character parts and supporting roles, though not with his earlier frequency. His other films include Blood Simple (1984), Twilight (1998, starring Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon), Snow Dogs (2002, with Cuba Gooding, Jr), Chasing 3000 (2008), and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012, with Jennifer Garner).

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