THE POLAR EXPRESS
MICHAEL JETER (Smokey and Steamer) most recently starred in Kevin Costner's Western drama Open Range. Prior to that, he starred in the 2003 ensemble comedy caper Welcome To Collinwood, and with William H. Macy and Sam Neill in Jurassic Park 3. He also had a starring role in Taken, a ten part miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg for the Sci Fi Channel.
Among his numerous feature film credits are Sam Raimi's The Gift, opposite Keanu Reeves and Cate Blanchett; the Oscar-nominated The Green Mile, with Tom Hanks; Dwight Yoakam's South of Heaven, West of Hell; and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Jeter has also appeared in Patch Adams, Jakob the Liar, True Crime, The Fisher King, Air Bud, Mouse Hunt, Waterworld, Drop Zone, Zack & Reba, Sister Act 2, Tango & Cash, Dead Bang, Woody Allen's Zelig and Milos Forman's Hair, which marked his acting debut.
Jeter gained critical attention for his role opposite Burt Reynolds on the TV series Evening Shade. He won an Emmy in 1992 and was nominated two more times for his portrayal of coach Herman Stiles. Guest roles on Picket Fences and Chicago Hope earned two additional Emmy nominations. Jeter's wide-ranging television work includes appearances on Suddenly Susan, Chicago Hope, Veronica's Closet, Murphy Brown, Crime Story, Designing Women, Lou Grant and in the TV movies The Ransom of Red Chief, Love Kills, From Here to Eternity, Sentimental Journey and The Boys Next Door. His series regular role as the lovable Mr. Noodle on the ever-popular Sesame Street brought him recognition from children everywhere he went.
On Broadway, Jeter starred in Grand Hotel, for which he won a Tony Award, Once in a Lifetime and G.R. Point, for which he won a Theater World Award. His notable Off-Broadway credits include Cloud 9, Greater Tuna, The Boys Next Door, Alice, Only Kidding and The Master and The Margarita.
Jeter passed away March 30, 2003, after completing work on The Polar Express.
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