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:

Orville J. Spooner: [reminiscing about his wife's dentist] "Tender gums". That's a hell of a thing to say to a married woman.


Mr. Quimby: How do you suppose I got to be the general manager of this great store? How?
Norman Phiffier: How? How?
Mr. Quimby: I'll tell you! I'll tell you!
Norman Phiffier: Go ahead! Go ahead!
Mr. Quimby: I will! I will!


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
Replaced Peter Sellers in Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) after Sellers had suffered a heart attack mere weeks into the production.

Best remembered by the public for his starring role in "My Favorite Martian" (1963).

Along with Vincent Schiavelli, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and the subsequent television adaptation "Fast Times" (1986).

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