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  • Has been deaf in his left ear since the age of 3.
  • Played football and basketball in high school; also belonged to the drama club.
  • Roomed with fellow future actor William Devane during college. 
  • His first job in theater was working as a prop man at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1969 with Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?
  • Won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in 1986 for his performance in Blood Simple.
  • Created the Blarney Fund Education Trust in 1989 to provide scholarships to graduating high-school seniors in the Swanton, VT, area who are in financial need.
  • Makes up half of Roger Ebert's "Stanton-Walsh Rule," which states that any film with Harry Dean Stanton or him in it can't be all that bad.


  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Winner


  • Agnes Kathrine Walsh — Mother
  • Harry Maurice Walsh — Father


  • Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, NY (BA in Business Administration, 1958); American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Michael Emmet Walsh
  • Birth Place: Ogdensburg, NY
  • Profession: Actor

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