Michael Jeter

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Michael Jeter
Michael Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
At the 44th Emmy Awards, August 1992
Born(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, United States
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of deathEpileptic seizure
Resting placeCremated, ashes scattered
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Alma materMemphis State University
OccupationActor
Years active1979–2003
Home townMemphis, Tennessee
Partner(s)Sean Blue (1995-2003)
 
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Michael Jeter
Michael Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
At the 44th Emmy Awards, August 1992
Born(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, United States
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of deathEpileptic seizure
Resting placeCremated, ashes scattered
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
Alma materMemphis State University
OccupationActor
Years active1979–2003
Home townMemphis, Tennessee
Partner(s)Sean Blue (1995-2003)

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

Early life[edit]

Michael Jeter was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. His mother, Virginia (née Raines; May 6, 1927), was a housewife. His father, William Claud Jeter (March 10, 1922 – March 1, 2010),[1] was a dentist. 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 mid-town Memphis. He left Memphis to further pursue his stage career in Baltimore, Maryland.

Career[edit]

His woebegone look, extreme flexibility, and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the off-Broadway play Cloud 9. 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 (where he was killed by a dinosaur), Air Bud and Open Range, although his character in The Green Mile could easily be described as both eccentric and wimpy.

In the Evening Shade episode "Chip Off the Old Brick" Brian Keith plays his macho truck driver father, Brick Stiles. 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. The movies The Polar Express and Open Range are dedicated to his memory.[3][4] 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".[5]

Awards[edit]

Death[edit]

On March 30, 2003, Jeter was found dead in his Hollywood home at the age of 50.[7] He was cremated and his ashes were scattered.[8] Although he had HIV, he had been in good health for many years, and it is believed that he died of an epileptic seizure.[9]

Tributes[edit]

The Polar Express, in which Jeter played Smokey and Steamer using motion-capture, was his final film role; the film was dedicated to his memory.[10] The Sesame Street special "The Street We Live On" was also dedicated to Jeter.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979My Old ManGeorgeTV film
1979HairSheldon
1981RagtimeSpecial reporter
1981Alice at the PalaceCaterpillar/DormouseTV film
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
1993GypsyGoldstoneTV film
1994Drop ZoneEarl Leedy
1995WaterworldOld Gregor
1996Mrs. Santa ClausArvoTV film
1996The Boys Next DoorArnoldTV film
1997Air BudNorm Snively
1997Mouse HuntQuincy Thorpe
1998The Naked ManSticks
1998The Ransom of Red ChiefBill DriscollTV film
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasL. Ron Bumquist
1998ThursdayDr. Jarvis
1998Patch AdamsRudy
1998Zack and RebaOrasTV film
1999True CrimeDale
1999Jakob the LiarAvron
1999The Green MileEduard 'Del' Delacroix
2000The GiftGerald Weems
2000South of Heaven, West of HellUncle Jude
2001Jurassic Park IIIUdesky
2002Welcome to CollinwoodToto
2003Open RangePercyReleased posthumously; dedicated in memory
2004The Polar ExpressSmokey and SteamerMotion-capture only. Released posthumously; dedicated in memory. Final film.

Television[edit]

Theater work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William C. Jeter Obituary - New Market, Tennessee". Tributes.com. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Michael Jeter Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ The Polar Express film credits.
  4. ^ Open Range film credits.
  5. ^ "Touched By An Angel Episode 516: "The Man Upstairs"". Touched.com. 1999-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jeter: Biography", MSN Entertainment
  7. ^ "Actor Michael Jeter Dead At 50". CBS. April 1, 2003. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jeter (1952 - 2003) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. 2003-03-31. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  9. ^ Sean Blue says Michael Jeter died of epilepsy
  10. ^ The Advocate, September 2, 1997

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