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Ray Walston Overview:

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.

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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.

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Ray Walston Quotes:

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.


Horace Tabor: Wait a minute! You can't buy a woman for money.
Mad Jack Duncan: You just try and get one without it.


Mr. Quimby: Forgive me for saying this, but this boy has character, and I know what character is! I remember when I had it!


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Ray Walston Facts
His last screen appearance was in the Oct. 15, 2000 season premiere of "Touched by an Angel" (1994) as a wealthy entrepreneur who disinherits his materialistic son to teach him that there are more valuable things in life than money.

Won Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Damn Yankees!", a role he recreated in the film version of the same name, Damn Yankees! (1958).


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