Michael Jeter

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Michael Jeter
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Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards in 1992
Born
Robert Michael Jeter

(1952-08-26)August 26, 1952
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 50)
Nationality American
Alma mater Memphis State University
OccupationActor
Years active1977–2003
Partner(s)Sean Blue
(1995–2003; Jeter's death)

Robert Michael Jeter ( /ˈtər/ ; August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was an American actor. His television roles included Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and Mr. Noodle's brother, Mister Noodle, on the Elmo's World segments of Sesame Street from 2000 until 2003. Jeter's film roles include Zelig , Tango & Cash , The Fisher King , Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit , Waterworld , Air Bud , Mouse Hunt , Patch Adams , The Green Mile , Jurassic Park III , Welcome to Collinwood , Open Range , and The Polar Express .

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Early life

Jeter was born Robert Michael Jeter in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee on August 26, 1952. His mother, Virginia (née Raines; May 6, 1927 – May 21, 2019), 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 Lori. [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

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 , Waterworld , Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , The Green Mile and Drop Zone . Occasionally, Jeter was able to stray away from these types of roles for more diverse characters like those he portrayed in Jurassic Park III , Air Bud , and Open Range . Jeter is perhaps most known for his role as convicted felon Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile , a role for which he was nominated along with the rest of the cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award. He played Rudy in Patch Adams as well.

In The Fisher King Jeter portrayed "an unnamed homeless cabaret singer", and "shimmies across the screen with boundless confidence, turning what might have been a grotesque, or at least merely humorous, part into something noble, even indomitable... In a film unafraid of big acting, Jeter goes bigger than anyone." [4]

He also played Mr. Noodle's brother, Mister Noodle, on Sesame Street from 2000 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". [5] His last two appearances were in the films Open Range and The Polar Express . Both films were in post-production at the time of his death and, when released, contained a dedication to his memory. [6] [7] The season 35 premiere of Sesame Street, a special entitled "The Street We Live On", was similarly dedicated to Jeter.

Awards

In 1990, Jeter won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical Grand Hotel . [8] He won an Emmy Award in 1992 for his role in the television sitcom Evening Shade as math teacher and assistant football coach Herman Stiles. [9] He also received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Clarence Derwent Prize. [10]

Personal life

Jeter was gay and met his partner, Sean Blue, in 1995; they were together until Jeter's death in 2003.

Jeter was HIV positive and disclosed his diagnosis in a 1997 interview on Entertainment Tonight. Despite this, he remained healthy for many years. [11] Jeter also announced while accepting his 1990 Tony that he recovered from substance abuse. [12]

Death

On March 30, 2003, Jeter was found dead by Blue in his home in Hollywood Hills, California. He was 50. [13] Blue said that Jeter died of complications after an epileptic seizure. Michael Jeter was cremated, and his ashes were given to Blue. [14]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979 Hair Woodrow Sheldon
1981 Ragtime Special Reporter
1982 Soup for One Mr. Kelp
1983 Zelig Freshman #2
1986 The Money Pit Arnie
1989 Dead Bang Dr. Alexander Krantz
Tango & Cash Floyd Skinner
1990Just Like in the MoviesVernon
Miller's Crossing Adolph
1991 The Fisher King Homeless Cabaret Singer
1993 Bank Robber Night Clerk #1
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Father Ignatius
1994 Drop Zone Earl Leedy
1995 Waterworld Gregor
1997 Air Bud Norm Snively
Mouse Hunt Quincy Thorpe
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dr. L.Ron Bumquistdrug expert / guest speaker
The Naked Man 'Sticks' Varona
Thursday Dr. Jarvis
Zack and RebaOras
Patch Adams Rudy
1999 True Crime Dale Porterhouse
Jakob the Liar Avron
The Green Mile Eduard Delacroix
2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell Uncle Jude
The Gift Gerald Weems
2001 Jurassic Park III Udesky
2002 Welcome to Collinwood 'Toto'
2003 Open Range PercyPosthumous release
2004 The Polar Express Smokey / SteamerMotion-capture only
Posthumous release; Final film role

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979 My Old Man George GardnerTelevision movie
1980 Another World Arnie GalloUnknown episodes
From Here to Eternity Private RidgleyUnknown episodes
Lou Grant Max GaltEpisode: "Dogs"
1981Alice at the PalaceCaterpillar / DormouseTelevision movie
1986 Night Court Confessing CrookEpisode: "The Night Off"
1987 Designing Women Calvin KleinEpisode: "Old Spouses Never Die – Part 1"
1988 Crime Story Senator Michael GaspariEpisode: "The Hearings"
Hothouse Dr. Art Makter7 episodes
1990–1994 Evening Shade Herman 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)
1993–1995 Picket Fences Peter Lebeck3 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1993 Tales of the City Carson Callas3 episodes
Gypsy GoldstoneTelevision movie
1994 Aladdin Runtar (voice)Episode: "StinkerBelle"
1995 Chicago Hope Bob RyanEpisode: "A Coupla Stiffs"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1996 Dream On Dr. EnochEpisode: "Finale with a Vengeance"
Suddenly Susan Lawrence RosewoodEpisode: "Dr. No"
Mrs. Santa Claus ArvoTelevision movie
The Boys Next Door Arnold WigginsTelevision movie
1997 Duckman Dr. William Blay (voice)Episode: "Ajax & Ajaxer"
Second Noah The Chicken ManEpisode: "Diving In"
Murphy Brown VicEpisode: "You Don't Know Jackal"
Johnny Bravo Lawrence The Camel (voice)Episode: "Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett"
1998–1999 The Wild Thornberrys Biederman (voice)4 episodes
1998 Veronica's Closet Edwin MurloffEpisode: "Veronica's Blackout"
The Ransom of Red ChiefBill DriscollTelevision movie
1999 Touched by an Angel Gus ZimmermanEpisode: "The Man Upstairs"
2000–2003 Sesame Street Mr. Noodle's Brother, Mister Noodle Elmo's World segments
2002 Taken William JeffriesEpisode: "Taken"
Hey Arnold! Nate Horowitz (voice)Episode: "Gerald's Game/The Fishing Trip"

Theater work

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