Jessica Walter receives posthumous Emmy nomination for voice-over role in animated sitcom Archer
Jessica Walter has been nominated for a posthumous Emmy Award.
The late actress, who died in her sleep in March at the age of 80, was nominated for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her work on the FX animated comedy series Archer.
Along with Walter, the other artists recognized in the voice-over category included Stacy Abrams (Black-ish), Maya Rudolph (Big Mouth), Julie Andrews (Central Park), Tituss Burgess (Central Park), Stanley Tucci (Central Park) and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy).
Honored: Jessica Walter has been nominated for a posthumous Emmy Award for her performance in the adult animated sitcom Archer; she is pictured in New York City in May 2019
Walter, who played the abrasive matriarch Malory Archer during the show’s run starting in 2003, was recognized for her performance in Archer’s Season 11 episode titled, The Double Date.
In all, Walter received five Emmy nominations during her career that spanned seven decades, including a win for her leading role in the NBC TV-movie Amy Prentiss (1975).
The New York City native could still add a sixth nomination as she’s eligible for the 2022 Emmys.
Walter recorded her voice-over dialogue for much of the next season of Archer before her death, showrunner Casey Willis had previously noted, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Star power: Walter, who died in her sleep in March at the age of 80, was nominated for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her role as Malory Archer on the FX animated sitcom Archer
While Walter left a lasting mark with her role as the mother of H. Jon Benjamin’s Sterling Archer on the adult animated sitcom, she’s best known to most fans for playing Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018-2019).
Her work on the critically acclaimed sitcom resulted in one of her Emmy noms for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series in 2005.
During her career she also received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations, which included Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her memorable role as Evelyn Draper in Play Misty For Me that was directed and starred Clint Eastwood.
Acclaimed: Walter, whose career spanned seven decades, is best known to most fans for playing Lucille Bluth in the hit sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018-2019)
Walter studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City and began her career on the Broadway stage.
She would go on to appear in over 170 film, television, and stage productions, beginning with her TV debut in an episode of the medical drama Diagnosis: Unknown in 1960.
Her array of guest starring roles included the likes of such popular shows as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964), Flipper (1964), The Fugitive (1966), It Takes a Thief (1969), Mission: Impossible (1970), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1971-1973), The Streets of San Francisco (1973-1976), Columbo (1974), Hawaii Five-O (1974), The Love Boat (1978-1985), Knots Landing (1982), and Murder, She Wrote (1985-1994), among many others.
TV fixture: The New York City native had guest starring roles on many popular television shows in 1960 through the 1980s; she’s pictured in the film, The Group, in 1966