Know Your Role: Tracey Walter
Some character actors are called upon to play the tough guys. Some character actors are called upon to play men in uniform. While others, like Tracey Walter, are called upon to play stooges and weasel like characters.
And while that may not be as appealing as playing the leading man, Tracey Walter knows his role and has had a long career because of it…
Let’s go back in time to 1982, where Walter played Carl Dorsett in the film Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. Carl is the weakest link in the trio of bad guys led by Porter Reese (Peter Coyote) and rounding out the crew his big brother Claude Dorsett (Richard Masur). This one is a memorable role for Walter as his character gets his nose shot off!
One of Walter’s more memorable roles came in 1984, when he played Malak the Thief in Conan the Destroyer. Malak was among the ragtag group assembled by Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to rescue a princess.
In 1987, Tracey Walter would once again find himself playing one of two no good brothers in the Burt Reynolds film, Malone. After Malone beat the ever loving crap out of Dan Bollard (Dennis Burkley), his little brother Calvin (Tracey Walter) is goaded into confronting Malone at the barber shop. Things do not end well for Calvin…
His biggest action movie role would come in 1989 when he played The Joker’s right hand man, Bob the Goon in Tim Burton’s Batman. As is often the case, things didn’t end well for Walter. Bob The Goon would learn that working for a wild card like The Joker (Jack Nicholson) has a big downside when The Joker ends up shooting him… so much for stooge loyalty.
Tracey Walter also kept busy on the small screen with appearances in such action TV classics as Airwolf, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, Hunter, The Fall Guy and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Other Walter film appearances include Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro and Yaphet Kotto, Young Guns II with Emilio Estevez and Lou Diamond Phillips, Fist of the North Star with Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor and Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow with Angelina Jolie and fellow Batman alumnus, Jack Palance.
Thank you Tracey Walter for all your contributions to the genre of action entertainment… you sneaky little weasel!