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Michael Jeter

At the 44th Emmy Awards, August 1992
Born August 26, 1952(1952-08-26)
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, U.S.
Died March 30, 2003 (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–2003
Spouse(s) Sean Blue (1995-2003)

Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was an American actor.



Early life

Michael Jeter was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Virginia Raines and William Jeter (March 10, 1922 – March 1, 2010), a dentist.[1] 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.


His woebegone look, extreme flexibility and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the Off-Broadway Cloud 9 and, on Broadway, in a memorable role in the musical Grand Hotel, for which he won a Tony Award in 1990. Much of his film and television work specialized in playing eccentric, pretentious or wimpy characters, as in The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Drop Zone, although occasionally Jeter was able to stay away from these kinds of roles for more appealing characters like Jurassic Park III, Air Bud, The Green Mile and Open Range. He won an Emmy award in 1992 for his role in the television sitcom Evening Shade. He was also a favorite with younger audiences in his role as "Mr. Noodle's brother Mr Noodle" on Sesame Street from 2000 to 2003. The movies The Polar Express and Open Range are dedicated to his memory.[2][3]

Personal life and Death

He received good reviews when he returned to voice Smokey and Steamer in The Polar Express. It was his final film role and the movie was dedicated to him with a statement at the very end of the credits reading, "Dedicated to the memory of Michael Jeter" with his photo next to it.[4] Jeter died from an epileptic seizure. He was also openly gay.[5] He was cremated and his ashes were scattered.






  1. ^ "Michael Jeter Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ The Polar Express film credits.
  3. ^ Open Range film credits.
  4. ^ The Advocate, September 2, 1997
  5. ^ "Biography at". 

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