Teacher Appreciation Week: That Guy from Fast Times At Ridgemont High

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Perhaps you know and love him as Mr. Hand, Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli's mortal enemy and combatant over pizza, but we're guessing you never knew Ray Walston for who he really was: the devil. Well, not really -- he won a Tony for his stint as the tempting Mr. Applegate in "Damn Yankees." Sadly, Walston died in 2001. According to IMDB, his other credits fell into a wide range of categories, including:

  • Jesus-y: "Touched by an Angel" and "7th Heaven"
  • Space-y: "Star Trek: Voyager," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Space Case," and "My Favorite Martian"
  • Doctor-y: "St. Elsewhere" and "Paramedics"
  • Spook-y: "Addams Family Reunion," "Friday the 13th," and "The Stand"
  • Myster-y: "Picket Fences," "Murder: She Wrote," and "The Westing Game" (sidenote: this was our very very favorite childhood book)
  • Literar-y: "Of Mice and Men"

All told, he had 140 credits, which makes him above all bus-y! And that's not even getting into his role in something called "Sledge Hammer! Big Nazi on Campus."

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