Walter in 2006
|Born||November 25, 1947|
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
He is known for his portrayal of "sidekicks" and "henchmen" such as Bob the Goon in Batman, Cookie in City Slickers, and Malak in Conan the Destroyer. He portrayed Frog Rothchild Jr. on the ABC sitcom Best of the West from 1981-82.
Walter has acted in six Jonathan Demme films: Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), Beloved (1998), and The Manchurian Candidate (2004). He has been directed by Danny DeVito in three films: Matilda (1996), Death to Smoochy (2002), and Duplex (2003). He acted with and was directed by Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990). He and Nicholson have appeared in nine films together, beginning with Goin' South in 1978.
He appeared in a small role with Clint Eastwood in the 1982 film Honkytonk Man and has coined the phrase "Right Cheer" (as in right here) while playing a service station attendant, also attributed to Andy Griffith on his first comedy album "What it Was, Was Football" (1953). As well as "Make 'Em Bounce" (as in happy) from the movie Raggedy Man. His portrayal of Miller, the philosopher mechanic of Alex Cox's Repo Man, earned Walter a Saturn Award in 1985 for Best Supporting Actor. In the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, Walter played Charles Embry, the PG&E employee who supplied the memo that tied an executive at the PG&E corporate headquarters to knowledge of the Hinkley station water contamination.
Walter's television credits include guest appearances on WKRP in Cincinnati, Taxi, Charlie's Angels, Hill Street Blues, Amazing Stories, Moonlighting, David Lynch's On the Air, Melrose Place, The Division, Veronica Mars, Criminal Minds and Cold Case. He appeared on Nash Bridges as Angel from 1996–2001 and on Reno 911! as Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch from 2003–2006.
|1978||Starsky and Hutch||Leo|
|1979||WKRP in Cincinnati||Don Pesola #2|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Clint Mason||Episode: "An Angel's Trail"|
|1981-1982||Best of the West||Frog Rothchild Jr.|
|1982||The Fall Guy||Skip||Episode: "The Silent Partner"|
|1982-1983||Hill Street Blues||Willie Laporter / Sammy|
|1983||Cagney & Lacey||Boone|
|1984||Hunter||Archie||Episode: "Pen Pals"|
|1985-1986||Amazing Stories||Blaze / Ezra|
|1986-1987||Designing Women||Malcolm Box|
|1987-1992||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Berik / Kayron|
|1989||Alien Nation||Tom Mulden||Episode: "The Takeover"|
|1989-1990||Freddy's Nightmares||Eugene Moss / The Gravedigger|
|1990||Get a Life||The Ride Operator||Episodes: "Unaired Pilot" and "Terror on the Hell Loop 2000"|
|1991||Monsters||Ed, the Janitor||Episode: "Hostile Takeover"|
|1991||She-Wolf of London||Boris|
|1992||On the Air||'Blinky' Watts|
|1993||The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Phil Swill|
|1994||Melrose Place||Man at 'Dreamy Pines'|
|1994||Ride the Wind||Francis|
|1994||L.A. Law||John Rosten|
|1995||Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty||Oliver Tracy|
|1995||Buffalo Girls||Jim Ragg|
|1997||Tell Me No Secrets||Sean Ferguson|
|2002||The Division||Tom Johnson|
|2003||Teen Titans||Puppet King (voice)|
|2003||Justice League||Mophir (voice)|
|2003-2006||Reno 911!||Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch|
|2007||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Bum|
|2008||Monk||The Professor||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"|
|2012||Southland||Tom Smith||Episode: "Identity"|