Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Texas, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate with Margo Jones at the Houston Civic Theater for six years, then spent three seasons with the Cleveland Playhouse before arriving in New York in 1945. He has won a Tony Award for his performance as the Devil in Broadway's "Damn Yankees", two Emmy Awards for Un drôle de shérif (1992), and become a household name playing the extraterrestrial "Uncle Martin" on Mon Martien favori (1963). Ray Walston died at age 86 of lupus on New Year's Day 2001 in Beverly Hills, California.