Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935) is an American character actor[1] and comedian who has appeared in over 200 films and television series. He appeared in the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple (1984). He also appeared in such other films as Carl Reiner's comedy The Jerk (1979), Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982).


Walsh came to prominence in the 1978 crime film Straight Time, in which he played a parole officer. He also had a small but memorable role as a crazed sniper in the Steve Martin comedy The Jerk. One of his best-known roles was Captain Harry Bryant in Ridley Scott's cult film Blade Runner. His most acclaimed performance was arguably the double-crossing private detective in Blood Simple (1984), for which he won the 1986 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.


  1. "Top 25 Character Actors".