Tracey Walter

Tracey Walter (born November 25, 1947) is an American character actor.[1] He has appeared in more than 170 films and television series.

Tracey Walter
Walter in 2006
Born (1947-11-25) November 25, 1947 (age 75)
Years active1971–2016

Life and careerEdit

Walter was born and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the son of a truck driver.[2] He attended St. Anthony's High School there and played basketball.[3] He has a son and daughter.[3]

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.[1] He portrayed Frog Rothchild Jr. on the ABC sitcom Best of the West from 1981 to 1982.[1]

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).[1] 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.[1]

He appeared in a small role with Clint Eastwood in the 1982 film Honkytonk Man[1] 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).[citation needed] Walter also coined the phrase "Make 'Em Bounce" (as in happy) in the film Raggedy Man.[citation needed] His portrayal of Miller, the philosopher mechanic of Alex Cox's Repo Man,[1] 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 the 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 to 2001 and on Reno 911! as Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch from 2003 to 2006.



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Badge 373 Delivery Boy
1973 Serpico Street Urchin Uncredited
1977 Annie Hall Actor in Rob's T.V. Show
1977 Mad Bull Coley Turner
1978 Blue Collar Union Member
1978 Goin' South Coogan, Moon's Old Gang
1978 The Fifth Floor Mental Patient
1979 Hardcore Clerk in Adult Store
1980 The Octagon Beatty Uncredited
1980 The Hunter Rocco Mason
1981 The Hand Cop
1981 Raggedy Man Arnold
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Carl Dorsett
1982 Honkytonk Man 'Pooch'
1983 Rumble Fish Alley Mugger
1984 Repo Man Miller
1984 Conan the Destroyer Malak
1986 At Close Range Patch Whitewood
1986 Something Wild The Country Squire
1987 Malone Calvin Bollard
1988 Mortuary Academy Don Dickson
1989 Under the Boardwalk Bum
1989 Out of the Dark Lieutenant Frank Meyers
1988 Midnight Run Diner Counter Man
1988 Married to the Mob Chicken Lickin' Manager, "Mr. Chicken Lickin"
1989 Batman Bob Hawkins, The Goon
1989 Homer and Eddie Tommy Dearly
1990 Young Guns II Beever Smith
1990 The Two Jakes Tyrone Otley
1990 Pacific Heights The Exterminator
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Lamar
1991 Liquid Dreams Cecil
1991 Delusion Bus Ticket Cashier
1991 City Slickers 'Cookie'
1992 Guncrazy Elton
1993 Amos & Andrew Bob 'Bloodhound Bob'
1993 Cyborg 2 'Wild Card'
1993 Philadelphia The Librarian
1994 Junior Janitor With Information Uncredited
1995 Fist of the North Star Paul McCarthy
1995 Destiny Turns on the Radio 'Pappy'
1996 Larger than Life Wee St. Francis
1996 Matilda FBI Agent Bill
1996 Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Joe Bennett
1996 Amanda Father Reckinger
1997 Wild America Leon
1997 Drive 'Hedgehog'
1997 Playing God Jim
1998 Desperate Measures Medical Inmate
1998 Beloved Slave Catcher
1998 Mighty Joe Young Conservacy Guard
1999 Façade Jake
1999 Man on the Moon National Enquirer Editor
2000 Drowning Mona Clarence
2000 Erin Brockovich Charles Embry
2001 Jack the Dog The Mortician
2001 The Man from Elysian Fields The Bartender
2001 How High Professor Wood
2001 Impostor Mr. Siegel
2002 Death to Smoochy Ben Franks
2002 Ted Bundy Randy Myers
2003 Masked and Anonymous Desk Clerk
2003 Manhood Attorney
2003 Duplex Pharmacy Customer
2004 One Last Ride Nicky
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Night Clerk
2005 Berkeley Draft Board Doctor
2006 Relative Strangers Toupee Salesman
2007 Man in the Chair Mr. Klein
2007 Nobel Son Simon Ahrens
2007 Wasting Away Mr. Whicks
2008 Trailer Park of Terror Ancient Trucker
2008 Just Add Water Clem
2008 Dark Reel Roy White
2009 The Perfect Game Captain Slater
2010 I Spit on Your Grave Earl
2011 Midnight Son The Janitor
2011 Politics of Love Glen
2011 Alyce Kills The Landlord
2013 Savannah Mathias
2014 Swelter Henry Johnson, The Old Man
2016 31 Leo 'Lucky Leo'
2016 Middle Man Father Ricky, Lil J
2016 Wakefield Homeless Man


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Lucan Junior Hall Episode: "The Lost Boy"
1978 Starsky & Hutch Leo Episode: "Dandruff"
1979 WKRP in Cincinnati Don Pesola #2 Episode: "The Contest Nobody Could Win"
1979 Vega$ Jimmy Potter Episode: "Mixed Blessings"
1980 Charlie's Angels Clint Mason Episode: "An Angel's Trail"
1980 High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Harlan Tyler Television film
1981–1982 Best of the West 'Frog' Rothchild Jr. 21 episodes
1982 The Fall Guy Skip Episode: "The Silent Partner"
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Lucky Episode: "Gold Fever"
1982–1983 Hill Street Blues Willie Laporter, Sammy 2 episodes
1982–1983 Filthy Rich Alvin Essary 2 episodes
1983 Cagney & Lacey Boone Episode: "The Gang's All Here"
1983 Taxi Panhandler Episode: "A Grand Gesture"
1983 Bill: On His Own Kenny Television film
1983 Oh Madeline Episode: "The Write Stuff"
1984 Hunter Archie Episode: "Pen Pals"
1985–1986 Amazing Stories Blaze, Ezra 2 episodes
1986 Airwolf Alvin Episode: "Wildfire"
1987 Ohara Candy Episode: "Louie"
1987 Timestalkers Sam Television film
1987 Designing Women Malcolm Box Episode: "Seams from a Marriage"
1987 Moonlighting Arnie Steckler 2 episodes
1987–1988 ALF Gus 'Gravel Gus' 2 episodes
1987–1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Berik, Kayron 2 episodes
1988 The Bronx Zoo Mr. Woshinsky 3 episodes
1988 The French as Seen by... Dusty 2 episodes
1989 Alien Nation Tom Mulden Episode: "The Takeover"
1989–1990 Freddy's Nightmares Eugene Moss / The Gravedigger 2 episodes
1990 Nasty Boys Episode: "Desert Run"
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 Episode: "Bride of the Wolfman"
1991 Pacific Station Episode: "Waiting for the Other Gumshoe to Drop"
1992 On the Air 'Blinky' Watts 7 episodes
1992 Wings Tucker Episode: "Two Jerks and a Jill"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Phil Swill 2 episodes
1993 The Mommies Clerk Episode: "Christmas"
1993 Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Security Guard Episode: "Dino Might (Gomora)"
1994 Melrose Place Man At 'Dreamy Pines' Episode: "Love, Mancini Style"
1994 Ride with the Wind Francis Television film
1994 L.A. Law John Rosten Episode: "Whistle Stop"
1994 Empty Nest Mr. Malloy Episode: "Best Friends"
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Oliver Tracy Television film
1995 Buffalo Girls Jim Ragg Miniseries
1996–2001 Nash Bridges Peter Spielman, Angel 8 episodes
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Sean Ferguson Television film
1997 The Devil's Child Ezra Television film, uncredited
1998 Brimstone Knapsack Episode: "Repentance"
1998 L.A. Doctors Drug Store Guy Episode: "Endless Bummer"
2002 The Division Tom Johnson Episode: "Forgive Me, Father"
2002 Boomtown Dwayne Episode: "Reelin' in the Years"
2003-2006 Teen Titans Puppet King Voice, 4 episodes
2003 Justice League Mophir Voice, episode: "Eclipsed"
2003–2006 Reno 911! Sheriff Walter Chechekevitch 4 episodes
2005 Family Plan Lou Television film
2005 Veronica Mars Manager Episode: "Rat Saw God"
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Abominable Snowman Television film, uncredited
2007 Raines William Jones Episode: "Pilot"
2007 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Bum Episode: "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City"
2008 Criminal Minds Ike Stratman Episode: "Elephant's Memory"
2008 Monk The Professor Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
2009 Prison Break Janitor Episode: "Rate of Exchange"; uncredited
2009 Cold Case Cotter Doyle '09 Episode: "The Crossing"
2010 Medium Walter Durant Episode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2012 Southland Tom Smith Episode: "Identity"
2012 Fred 3: Camp Fred Gary 'Scary Gary' Television film


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tracey Walter". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Petkovich, Anthony (November 2016). "An Interview with Tracey Walter". Shock Cinema. Edgewater, New Jersey (51): 34–37. Issue No. 51 cover

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