Award-winning actor Jessica Walter has died aged 80. In light of the news, many have paid tribute to her illustrious career.
Jessica Walter had an enduring career as an actor. Walter managed to cultivate an Emmy-winning career that lasted over fifty years and starred in cinematic hits as well as television shows with a cult following. The actor died aged 80 on Wednesday in New York.
The death of the actor was confirmed by their daughter Brooke Bowman, an entertainment industry executive, on Thursday. No other details about the incident have been given.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica. A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on-screen and off,”
As an actor, Walter was best known for her role in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me, and for the TV series Arrested Development and Archer.
Walter’s role in comedies like Archer and Arrested Development has led to many tributes from cast members as well as fans of her comedic timing.
Twentieth Century Fox, who produce Archer made a tribute to Walter after the news broke:
“Jessica Walter’s spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her on Arrested Development.”
“Our hearts go out to her family and friends, particularly her daughter, and our former colleague, Brooke. We know that heaven just got a whole lot funnier with Jessica now in residence”
Co-stars also praised the actor.
Tony Hale, her Arrested Development co-star, took to Twitter to express their feelings: “She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched.”
H. Jon Benjamin who played her son in the comedy series Archer wrote: “Jessica Walter was an unparalleled talent. So funny. So insanely good in everything she was in. Wonderful to be around. I will miss her.”
Another on-screen son, Will Arnett, discussed his relationship with the actor:
“Jessica Walter was a deeply talented person We first met on a pilot in ‘96 and I was instantly blown away I’m fortunate to have had a front-row seat to her brilliance for 25 years My thoughts are with her daughter Brooke and grandson Micah today Farewell Jessica, you’ll be missed.”
Lynda Carter who starred in The Return Of Wonder Woman also paid tribute. Carter noted:
“Jessica Walter appeared in The Return of Wonder Woman in 1977. Though we battled each other on-screen, in real life she was one of kindest, warmest, funniest women I’ve ever met. Jessica, I will always remember your sage advice on and off the set fondly. We will all miss you.”
Safe to say, fans of the actor were quick to relive some of Walter’s best comedic moments.
On the back of this reaction, it’s clear that Walter’s legacy will continue to entertain.
Our thoughts are with Walter’s friends and family.
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