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Ray Walston: More than a Martian

Published: 1/2/2013

Ray Walston died 12 years ago, on New Year's Day 2001.

There was a time when actor Ray Walston worried that he would always be a Martian.



Photo of Ray Walston as Uncle Martin from the television program My Favorite Martian. (Wikimedia Commons/CBS Television)

Photo of Ray Walston as Uncle Martin from the television program My Favorite Martian. (Wikimedia Commons/CBS Television)

 

 

For the generation that watched Walston play Uncle Martin on My Favorite Martian, the actor may as well have had antennae growing out of his head – he was that strongly identified with the role.

 

 


 

 

 

But when My Favorite Martian was cancelled after its third season, Walston's fans learned that he was so much more than a Martian. A versatile actor, he went on to a wide variety of roles, both light and serious. Among other things, Ray Walston was the dad of a sailor man (in Popeye)…

 

 


 

 

 

…A farmhand, in 1992's Of Mice and Men

 

 


 

 

 

…A judge, in Picket Fences

 

 


 

 

 

…And, of course, the role that made him famous to a new generation, when he played tough teacher Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

 

 


 

 

 

Ray Walston died at 86 years of age, after a career that lasted more than 40 years. We hope he'll excuse the many fans who still remember him as a Martian - most of us remember him for that and much more.

Written by Linnea Crowther
 

 

 

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