Actor, Ray Walston, was born Herman Walston on Dec 2, 1914 in New Orleans, LA. Walston died at the age of 86 on Jan 1, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend (with his daughter Kate Walston.
Ray Walston was a slight, energetic American actor whose film roles have been few but almost always ripe and juicy ("Damn Yankees," "South Pacific"). A stage actor until the early 1950s, Walston was older than he looked and began to appear like a wizened hobgoblin with the advent of the 1970s. He was also very popular as the extra-terrestrial visitor in TV's long running sitcom "My Favorite Martian".(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.
Mr. Applegate: Well if you're referring to the rumor that in reality he is Shifty McCoy, I deny it emphatically.
Mr. Applegate: With my help a lot of things come easy.
[lights a cigarette from within his hand and Joe looks shocked]
Mr. Applegate: Ohhhh, uh, do you smoke?
Joe Boyd: Hey... how'd you pull that off?
Mr. Applegate: I'm handy with fire.
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