J. T. Walsh
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The film, Outside Ozona (1998), was also dedicated to the memory of JT.
Negotiator, The (1998) was dedicated to the memory of JT
(1998) Jack Nicholson dedicated his best actor oscar for As Good As It Gets (1997) to Walsh
Discovered by a director in 1974 and began working in off-broadway shows.
Big break in 1984 while working in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" on broadway.
In just over a decade, he appeared in more than two dozen films.
Was on holiday at time of death.
Graduate of the Universityof Rhode Island, where he starred as an undergraduate in many college theater productions and was president of Students for a Democratic Society, an organization that grew out of the anti-war movement of the 1960's.
Early jobs included Social worker, encyclopedia salesman, junior high school teacher, and reporter.
Father of John West (I).
Brother of Christopher Walsh, Patricia Walsh and Mary Walsh.
During childhood he attended a Jesuit boarding school in Ireland.
Graduated from University of Rhode Island
He had intended to go by his real initials, J.P. Walsh, but during a casting call, his initials were miscalled as J.T. and he liked it better than J.P.
Pleasantville (1998) was dedicated to the memory of JT, as well as some others.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Tall, impassive, WASPish character actor who shot to fame on Broadway for his memorable turn as one of the corrupt realtors in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." Since moving over to feature films, Walsh has been incredibly prolific, playing almost nothing but quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs in such films as Power (his first), Hannah and Her Sisters (both 1986), Tin Men (1987), Tequila Sunrise (1988), The Big Picture (1989, as a smarmy movie executive), The Grifters (1990), Narrow Margin (also 1990, in which he was surprisingly sympathetic and vulnerable), Backdraft and Defenseless (both 1991), as well as Mamet's House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988). He also limned an obnoxious Army officer in Good Morn ing, Vietnam (1987), reporter Bob Woodward in Wired (1989), and a relatively conscientious police officer in Iron Maze (1991). Ironically, by the time "Glengarry" finally began filming in 1991, Kevin Spacey had won the part Walsh made famous on stage. But 1992 saw him in fine form, as union leader Frank Fitzsimmons in Hoffa and as a Marine officer who discovers he has a conscience in A Few Good Men Recent credits include National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I the telefilm Arthur Miller's "The American Clock," Needful Things, Red Rock West, Morning Glory, Sniper (all 1993), Blue Chips, The Last Seduction (both 1994), and Outbreak (1995, unbilled).