Actor Tony Hale was among the first to pay tribute to his former Arrested Development co-star. Hale played Buster Bluth, the son of Walter’s iconic character Lucille Bluth, on the sitcom.
“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth,” Hale wrote on Instagram next to a photo of himself with Walter.
John Levenstein, a writer and co-executive producer on Arrested Development, tweeted: “Jessica Walter never missed. If she didn’t get a laugh there was a problem with the script.”
Amber Nash, who voices Pam Poovey in Archer, paid tribute to Walter on Instagram, writing: “I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and know Jessica. She was the best of us. She would wait for a moment and then blow us all out of the water with the funniest thing you've ever heard. I learned so much from Jessica. A classy gal indeed.”
Director Edgar Wright wrote: “I loved Jessica Walter. For me, knowing her mostly from dramatic work in films like [1971 psychological thriller] Play Misty For Me just made the comic genius of her turn in Arrested Development even more delightful. You can watch her reactions shots on a loop. Lucille Bluth Forever.”
Netflix’s Twitter account shared: “Her voice was unmistakable. Her talent was undeniable. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us Jessica Walter. Rest in peace, legend.”
Olympian Adam Rippon tweeted: “I have laughed some of my hardest laughs because of Jessica Walter.”
The Tribeca Film Festival honoured Walter as “one of the greatest comedic actors to ever grace the screen”, adding: “We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter. Thank you for decades of laughter, one-of-a-kind characters, and perfect one-liners.”
Viola Davis tweeted: “Oh man!! I loved you Jessica Walter. I grew up watching you AND admiring you. Always consistently excellent. Rest well.”
Aisha Tyler, who voices Lana Kane on Archer, described Walter as “a queen in every way: kind, classy, incredibly talented, generous with love and support”, adding: “She was the brilliant center of our [Archer] universe. Sweet flight to you, dear Jessica. You were so loved, and we were so lucky to know you.”
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