Ray Walston was an actor with many years of credits on stage, in movies and on tv before I became familiar with him. It was in 1963, when he starred as the title character in the sitcom "My Favorite Martian". Bill Bixby was his co-star.
After enjoying his performance in that tv series, I'd look for any past movies he was in, as well as future appearances. I enjoyed his role as 'Mr. Applegate' in the 1958 musical comedy "Damn Yankees!", and continued to like his roles in many other movies. Who can forget him as the stern teacher in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"?
In 1982, I wrote to him at his Los Angeles residence, requesting an autographed photo. He sent this photo within one month.