Ray Walston

Biography: Ray (birth name-Herman) Walston was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (some sources say Laurel, Mississippi), on December 2, 1914. The son of Harrie and Mattie Walston, Ray was interested in the theater from an early age. He began playing small roles with New Orleans stock companies while still a teen. Often, young Ray would be a ticket taker, as well as, a role in the play. In 1938, Ray and his family, made the move to Houston, Texas, where he joined the company of the Houston Civic Theater, under the direction of Margo Jones. Walston found great success in Houston, before moving on to the Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, and later New York, where he made his Broadway debut in Hamlet in 1945. Walston\'s film career was a direct result of his stage work. His first film in 1958, was the reprisal of his stage role as Luther Billis, in the the movie version of South Pacific. Walston also starred in the film version of Damn Yankees the same year and again, played the same role in the film as he had on Broadway. Walston went on to appear in such films as The Apartment and Portrait In Black, before finding his most memorable role as Uncle Martin, in the television series, My Favorite Martian in 1963. Walston regretted taking the Uncle Martin role on My Favorite Martian for many years after the series ended in 1966. He was typecast for a number of years after the series left the air and could only get episodic television roles. This all changed when Ray Walston appeared as Mr. Hand, in the Cameron Crowe comedy, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, in 1982. Walston had a career comeback that launched into his role as Judge Bone, on the David E. Kelley comedy-drama, Picket Fences. Walston went on to win two Emmy Awards for the role and be nominated for a third. Ray Walston continued to act until a year before his death from Lupus in 2001. He was survived by his wife Ruth, daugheter Katherine Ann, and his two grandchildren. Ray Walston left an impressive body of stage, film, and television work. Expand

Ray Walston's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 67 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Lowest Metascore: 48 Popeye
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
63 Kiss Me, Stupid (re-release) Jun 21, 2002 Orville Jeremiah Spooner 7.6
67 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Aug 13, 1982 Mr. Hand 7.4
48 Popeye Dec 12, 1980 Poopdeck Pappy 6.8