He has won two awards: in 1986, he won a Independent Spirit Award for Blood Simple and in 2007 a Best Ensemble Cast Award for Man In The Chair.
He owns a rural home in West Swanton, Virginia.
He has been deaf since the age of three.
In college, his roommate was actor/writer William Devane.
He portrayed Jack Hoover in the pilot episode of The Bob Newhart Show (1972).
M. Emmet Walsh: I'm being paid for what I'd do for nothing.
M. Emmett Walsh: I don't have an ego when I get the work. If I'm playing a doctor I want you to see a doctor. I don't want you to see an Emmet Walsh doctor and that's I think been the confusion with my career. People know my work, but they don't know who I am. I've always had fun hiding in the character.
M. Emmett Walsh: I approach each job thinking I may die of a heart attack, so it had better be the best work possible.