Michael Jeter first blasted into my consciousness in The Fisher King (1991) as the homeless cabaret singer.
He then spent four years on Burt Reynold's sitcom Evening Shade. He popped up in movies long before and long after that. As a matter of fact, he was in a lot of very good movies. Here is a partial filmography.Actor CreditsThe Polar Express
(2004) Smokey/ Steamer; Open Range
(2003) Percy; Welcome to Collinwood
(2002) Toto; Jurassic Park III
(2001) Udesky; The Gift
(2000) Gerald Weems; Jakob the Liar
(1999) Avron; True Crime
(1999) Dale Porterhouse; The Green Mile
(1999) Eduard Delacroix; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
(1998) Speaker at D.A. Drug Convention; Patch Adams
(1998) Rudy; Air Bud
(1997) Norm Snively; Mouse Hunt
(1997) Quincy Thorpe; Mrs. Santa Claus
(1995) Gregor Drop Zone
(1994) Earl Leedy; Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
(1993) Father Ignatius; The Fisher King
(1991) Homeless Cabaret Singer; Miller's Crossing
(1990) Adolph; Dead Bang
(1989) Dr Krantz; Tango & Cash
(1989) Skinner; The Money Pit
(1986) Arnie--"The Construction Crew" Member
Here is an excerpt from a biography
that describes him well...
Versatile, diminutive character player of the NYC stage with a balding pate and mild Tennessee twang who is best known for his Emmy award-winning portrayal of likeable dweeb Herman Stiles, assistant coach to Burt Reynolds on the southern fried sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94).
In 1997 he came out in an interview as being HIV positive. On March 30, 2003 he died.
What I absolutely love about Michael Jeter is that for the last three years of his life he entertained children on Sesame Street as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle. More specifically he was on Elmo's World, part of Sesame Street. Emma adores him. With a resume as impressive as his, it's a marvel to me that he was satisfied entertaining children in his twilight years. Perhaps the NYC job was perfect for him, allowing him to be close to home. He was working right until the end. Polar Express, featuring his voice work, was released after his death. Here he is as Mr. Noodle:
And here's Mr. Noodle's biggest fan watching her hero: