Michael Jeter

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Michael Jeter
Michael Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards in August 1992
Born(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Epileptic seizure and AIDS
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materMemphis State University
OccupationActor
Years active1979–2003
Home townMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Partner(s)Sean Blue (1995–2003)
 
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Michael Jeter
Michael Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards in August 1992
Born(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Epileptic seizure and AIDS
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materMemphis State University
OccupationActor
Years active1979–2003
Home townMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Partner(s)Sean Blue (1995–2003)

Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was an American actor of film, stage, and television. His most notable television roles are as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle on Elmo's World from 2000 until 2003. Jeter's film roles include Zelig, The Fisher King, Waterworld, Air Bud, The Green Mile, Jurassic Park III, and The Polar Express among many others.

Early life[edit]

Jeter was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee on August 26, 1952. His mother, Virginia (née Raines; May 6, 1927), was a housewife. His father, William Claud Jeter (March 10, 1922 – March 1, 2010), was a dentist.[1] Jeter had one brother, William, and four sisters, Virginia, Amanda, Emily, and Larie.[2] Jeter was a student at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) when his interests changed from medicine to acting. He performed in several plays and musicals at the Circuit Theatre and its sister theatre, the Playhouse on the Square, in midtown Memphis. He left Memphis to further pursue his stage career in Baltimore, Maryland.

Career[edit]

Jeter's woebegone look, extreme flexibility, and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the off-Broadway play Cloud 9 in 1981.[3] Much of his work specialized in playing eccentric, pretentious, or wimpy characters, as in The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Drop Zone. Occasionally, Jeter was able to stay away from these types of roles for more diverse characters like those he portrayed in Jurassic Park III, Air Bud and Open Range.

He was also a favorite with younger audiences in his role as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street from 1999 to 2003. He appeared in an episode of Touched by an Angel in 1999 as Gus, an insurance salesman who arrives in Las Vegas in the episode "The Man Upstairs".[4] His last two appearances were in the films The Polar Express and Open Range. Both films were in Post-production at the time of his death and, when released, contained a dedication to his memory.[5][6]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jeter was openly gay and met his partner Sean Blue in 1995. They stayed together from 1995 until Jeter's death in 2003.

Death[edit]

On March 30, 2003, Jeter was found dead in his Hollywood home, at age 50.[8] Although he had AIDS, he had been in good health for many years. His partner, Sean Blue, stated publicly Jeter died of an epileptic seizure.[9]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979My Old ManGeorge GardnerTelevision movie
1979HairSheldon
1981RagtimeSpecial reporter
1981Alice at the PalaceCaterpillar / DormouseTelevision movie
1982Soup for OneMr. Kelp
1983ZeligFreshman #2
1986The Money PitArnie
1989Dead BangDr. Krantz
1989Tango & CashSkinner
1990Miller's CrossingAdolph
1990Just Like in the MoviesVernon
1991The Fisher KingHomeless Cabaret Singer
1993Sister Act 2: Back in the HabitFather Ignatius
1993Bank RobberNight Clerk
1993GypsyGoldstoneTelevision movie
1994Drop ZoneEarl Leedy
1995WaterworldOld Gregor
1996Mrs. Santa ClausArvoTelevision movie
1996The Boys Next DoorArnoldTelevision movie
1997Air BudNorm Snively
1997Mouse HuntQuincy Thorpe
1998The Naked ManSticks
1998The Ransom of Red ChiefBill DriscollTelevision movie
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasL. Ron Bumquist
1998ThursdayDr. Jarvis
1998Patch AdamsRudy
1998Zack and RebaOrasTelevision movie
1999True CrimeDale
1999Jakob the LiarAvron
1999The Green MileEduard 'Del' DelacroixNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000The GiftGerald Weems
2000South of Heaven, West of HellUncle Jude
2001Jurassic Park IIIUdesky
2002Welcome to CollinwoodToto
2003Open RangePercyReleased posthumously
2004The Polar ExpressSmokey and SteamerReleased posthumously

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980From Here to EternityPvt. RidgleyUnknown episodes
1980Lou GrantMax GaltEpisode: "Dogs"
1986Night CourtUnknownEpisode: "The Night Off"
1987Designing WomenCalvin KleinEpisode: "Old Spouses Never Die - Part 1"
1988Crime StorySenator Michael GaspariEpisode: "The Hearings"
1988HothouseDr. Art Makter7 episodes
1990–1994Evening ShadeHerman Stiles98 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1991–93)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1991, 1993)
1993–1995Picket FencesPeter Lebeck3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1993Tales of the CityCarson Callas3 episodes
1994AladdinRuntarvoice role
Episode: "StinkerBelle"
1995Chicago HopeBob RyanEpisode: "A Coupla Stiffs"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1996Dream OnDr. EnochEpisode: "Finale with a Vengeance"
1996Suddenly SusanLawrence RosewoodEpisode: "Dr. No"
1997DuckmanDr. William Blayvoice role
Episode: "Ajax & Ajaxer"
1997Second NoahThe Chicken ManEpisode: "Diving In"
1997Murphy BrownVicEpisode: "You Don't Know Jackal"
1997Johnny BravoLawrence the Camelvoice role
Episode: "Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett"
1998–1999The Wild ThornberrysBiedermanvoice role
4 episodes
1998Veronica's ClosetEdwin MurloffEpisode: "Veronica's Blackout"
1999Touched by an AngelGus ZimmermanEpisode: "The Man Upstairs"
2000–2003Sesame StreetMr. Noodle's brother, Mr. NoodleElmo's World segments
2002TakenWilliam JeffriesEpisode: "Taken"
2002Hey Arnold!Nate Horowitzvoice role
Episode: "Gerald's Game/The Fishing Trip"

Theater work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Claude Jeter (1943)". University of Tennessee. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Michael Jeter, 50, Dies; Won Acting Prizes". The New York Times. NYTimes.com. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Cloud 9". Lortel Archives. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Touched By An Angel Episode 516: "The Man Upstairs"". Touched.com. 1999-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ Rooney, David (24 October 2004). "Review: 'The Polar Express'". Variety (variety.com). Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  6. ^ Open Range film credits.
  7. ^ "Michael Jeter: Biography". MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  8. ^ Cosgrove-Mather, Bootie (April 1, 2003). "Actor Michael Jeter Dead At 50". CBS News. CBSnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Corrections". The Advocate. 17 February 2004. p. 6. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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