86 (passed away Jan. 1st, 2001)
Dec. 2nd, 1914
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ray Walston's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1999 - My Favorite Martian
1992 - The Player
1992 - Of Mice and Men
1991 - Popcorn
1990 - Ski Patrol
1988 - Saturday the 14th Strikes Back
1987 - From the Hip
1986 - Rad
1985 - O.C. and Stiggs
1984 - Johnny Dangerously
1983 - Private School
1982 - Fast Times At Ridgemont High
1981 - Galaxy of Terror
1980 - Popeye
1976 - Silver Streak
1973 - The Sting
1969 - Paint Your Wagon
1963 - Who's Minding the Store?
1960 - The Apartment
1960 - Portrait in Black
1958 - South Pacific
Guest TV Roles
Herbert the Hook
Al Ranfield - Real-estate Magnate
Coach (segment "Love and the Fullback")
Born in New Orleans, Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate with Margo Jones at the Houston Civic Theater for six years, then spent three seasons with the Cleveland Playhouse before arriving in New York in 1945. He has won a Tony for his performance as the Devil in Broadway's "Damn Yankees", two Emmys for television's "Picket Fences" (1992), and become a household name playing the extraterrestrial "Uncle Martin" on TV's "My Favorite Martian" (1963).
- Daughter, Katherine Ann
- He died on the first day of the third millennium, becoming the first well known figure to die in the 21st Century.
- Replaced 'Peter Sellers' (qv) in _Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)_ (qv) after Sellers had suffered a heart attack mere weeks into the production.
- 'Clarence Derwent' (qv) Award
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 7070 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- His last screen appearance was in the Oct. 15, 2000 season premiere of _"Touched by an Angel" (1994)_ (qv) as a wealthy entrepreneur who disinherits his materialistic son to teach him that there are more valuable things in life than money.
- Best remembered by the public for his starring role in My Favorite Martian (1963).
- Won Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Damn Yankees!", a role he recreated in the film version of the same name, _Damn Yankees! (1958)_ (qv).
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