Robert Michael Jeter
August 26, 1952
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||March 30, 2003 (aged 50)|
|Alma mater||Memphis State University|
Robert Michael Jeter (/ˈdʒiːtər/; August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was an American actor and singer. His television roles included Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and Mr. Noodle's brother, Mister Noodle, on the Elmo's World segments of Sesame Street from 2000 until 2003. Jeter's film roles include Zelig, Tango & Cash, The Fisher King, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Waterworld, Air Bud, Mouse Hunt, Patch Adams, The Green Mile, Jurassic Park III, Welcome to Collinwood, Open Range, and The Polar Express.
Jeter was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He studied at Memphis State University and later pursued a career in acting. Jeter was known for his eccentric, pretentious, and wimpy characters, but occasionally played diverse roles in films like Jurassic Park III and Air Bud. He is best known for his role in The Green Mile, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Jeter also appeared on Sesame Street as Mister Noodle from 2000 to 2003.
Throughout his career, Jeter won a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, and received several other accolades. He was openly gay and had been in a relationship with Sean Blue since 1995. Jeter was HIV positive but remained healthy for many years. He died from complications after an epileptic seizure.
Jeter was born Robert Michael Jeter in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee on August 26, 1952. His mother, Virginia (née Raines; May 6, 1927 – May 21, 2019), was a housewife. His father, William Claud Jeter (March 10, 1922 – March 1, 2010), was a dentist. Jeter had one brother, William, and four sisters, Virginia, Amanda, Emily, and Lori. Jeter was a student at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) when his interests changed from medicine to acting. He performed in several plays and musicals at the Circuit Theatre and its sister theatre, the Playhouse on the Square, in midtown Memphis. He left Memphis to further pursue his stage career in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jeter's woebegone look, extreme flexibility, and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the off-Broadway play Cloud 9 in 1981. Much of his work specialized in playing eccentric, pretentious, or wimpy characters, as in The Fisher King, Waterworld, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Green Mile and Drop Zone. Occasionally, Jeter was able to stray from type for more diverse characters, such as those he portrayed in Jurassic Park III, Air Bud, and Open Range. Jeter is perhaps most known for his role as convicted felon Eduard Delacroix in The Green Mile, a role for which he was nominated along with the rest of the cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In The Fisher King, Jeter portrayed "an unnamed homeless cabaret singer", and "shimmies across the screen with boundless confidence, turning what might have been a grotesque, or at least merely humorous, part into something noble, even indomitable... In a film unafraid of big acting, Jeter goes bigger than anyone."
He also played Mr. Noodle's brother, Mister Noodle, on Sesame Street from 2000 to 2003. He appeared in an episode of Touched by an Angel in 1999 as Gus, an insurance salesman who arrives in Las Vegas, in the episode "The Man Upstairs". His last two appearances were in the films Open Range and The Polar Express. Both films were in post-production at the time of his death and, when released, contained a dedication to his memory. The season 35 premiere of Sesame Street, a special entitled "The Street We Live On", was similarly dedicated to Jeter.
In 1990, Jeter won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical Grand Hotel. He won an Emmy Award in 1992 for his role in the television sitcom Evening Shade as math teacher and assistant football coach Herman Stiles. He also received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Clarence Derwent Prize.
Jeter was gay and met his partner, Sean Blue, in 1995; they were together until Jeter's death in 2003.
Jeter was HIV positive and disclosed his diagnosis in a 1997 interview on Entertainment Tonight. Despite this, he remained healthy for many years. Jeter also announced while accepting his 1990 Tony that he recovered from substance abuse.
On March 30, 2003, Jeter was found dead by Blue at his home in Hollywood Hills, California. He was 50. Blue said that Jeter died of complications after an epileptic seizure. Jeter was cremated, and his ashes were given to Blue. 
|1982||Soup for One||Mr. Kelp|
|1986||The Money Pit||Arnie|
|1989||Dead Bang||Dr. Alexander Krantz|
|Tango & Cash||Floyd Skinner|
|1990||Just Like in the Movies||Vernon|
|1991||The Fisher King||Homeless Cabaret Singer|
|1993||Bank Robber||Night Clerk #1|
|Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit||Father Ignatius|
|1994||Drop Zone||Earl Leedy|
|1997||Air Bud||Norm Snively|
|Mouse Hunt||Quincy Thorpe|
|1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Dr. L.Ron Bumquist||drug expert / guest speaker|
|The Naked Man||'Sticks' Varona|
|Zack and Reba||Oras|
|1999||True Crime||Dale Porterhouse|
|Jakob the Liar||Avron|
|The Green Mile||Eduard Delacroix|
|2000||South of Heaven, West of Hell||Uncle Jude|
|The Gift||Gerald Weems|
|2001||Jurassic Park III||Udesky|
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||'Toto'|
|2003||Open Range||Percy||Posthumous release|
|2004||The Polar Express||Smokey / Steamer||Voice only|
Posthumous release; Final film role
|1979||My Old Man||George Gardner||Television movie|
|1980||Another World||Arnie Gallo||Unknown episodes|
|From Here to Eternity||Private Ridgley||Unknown episodes|
|Lou Grant||Max Galt||Episode: "Dogs"|
|1981||Alice at the Palace||Caterpillar / Dormouse||Television movie|
|1986||Night Court||Confessing Crook||Episode: "The Night Off"|
|1987||Designing Women||Calvin Klein||Episode: "Old Spouses Never Die – Part 1"|
|1988||Crime Story||Senator Michael Gaspari||Episode: "The Hearings"|
|Hothouse||Dr. Art Makter||7 episodes|
|1990–1994||Evening Shade||Herman Stiles||98 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1991–93)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1991, 1993)
|1993–1995||Picket Fences||Peter Lebeck||3 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|1993||Tales of the City||Carson Callas||3 episodes|
|1994||Aladdin||Runtar (voice)||Episode: "StinkerBelle"|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Bob Ryan||Episode: "A Coupla Stiffs"|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|1996||Dream On||Dr. Enoch||Episode: "Finale with a Vengeance"|
|Suddenly Susan||Lawrence Rosewood||Episode: "Dr. No"|
|Mrs. Santa Claus||Arvo||Television movie|
|The Boys Next Door||Arnold Wiggins||Television movie|
|1997||Duckman||Dr. William Blay (voice)||Episode: "Ajax & Ajaxer"|
|Second Noah||The Chicken Man||Episode: "Diving In"|
|Murphy Brown||Vic||Episode: "You Don't Know Jackal"|
|Johnny Bravo||Lawrence The Camel (voice)||Episode: "Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett"|
|1998–1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Biederman (voice)||4 episodes|
|1998||Veronica's Closet||Edwin Murloff||Episode: "Veronica's Blackout"|
|The Ransom of Red Chief||Bill Driscoll||Television movie|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Gus Zimmerman||Episode: "The Man Upstairs"|
|2000–2003||Sesame Street||Mr. Noodle's Brother, Mister Noodle||Elmo's World segments|
|2002||Taken||William Jeffries||Episode: "Taken"|
|Hey Arnold!||Nate Horowitz (voice)||Episode: "Gerald's Game/The Fishing Trip"|