Jessica Walter, 1941-2021

Jessica Walter, the actress known for her roles in Archer and Arrested Development, has passed away. She was 80 years old.

Jessica Walter, the Emmy-winning actress best known as boozy matriarch Lucille Bluth on “Arrested Development,” died Wednesday. She was 80. No cause of death was given, but Deadline reported that she died in her sleep.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walters’ daughter, Brooke Bowman, told Deadline. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

Sixty years of work, and she was great in almost everything.

Walter, who won a 1975 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for the NBC drama “Amy Prentiss,” was nominated for an Emmy for her “Arrested Development” role in 2005, as well as for parts in TV series including “Trapper John, M.D.” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Walter, who voiced domineering spy agency head (and difficult mother) Malory Archer in the FXX animated series “Archer,” is also remembered for roles in films including Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, “Play Misty for Me.” Her first movie part was in the 1964 flick “Lilith,” which also starred Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman and Jean Seberg.

I’ll always remember Jessica as Malory Archer, and while most of that cast was truly hilarious, Malory was far and away the funniest character in the series. Rest in peace, Jessica. Thank you for all the laughs.

3 thoughts on “Jessica Walter, 1941-2021

  1. I tend to agree that she was pretty awesome in every part that she played. The really “strange” thing is that whenever I hear her name mentioned the first thing that pops into my head is a long forgotten pilot for a Marvel tv series called “Dr. Strange” where she was the villain Morgan le Fay………
    RIP Jessica


    1. This was back in 1978. I remember liking the 2 hr pilot movie and hoping that the series would be forthcoming, but alas, it was not to be……….


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