Walt Curtis, in a scene from Penny Allen’s Paydirt (1981). Cinematography by Eric Edwards.
Portland’s unofficial street poet laureate, Walt Curtis, did not confine himself to the printed page. Here’s a quick guide to his film career.
Number of times Walt appears as himself in a film: 3
Number of times Walt plays a character named “Walt” in a film: 2
Number of Oscar nominated filmmakers who have put Walt in their films: 2
Walt appears as himself in Bill Bowling’s American Ferris Wheel (1970)
Walt appears as a character based on himself in Penny Allen’s Property (1979)
Walt appears as the character based on himself in Penny Allen’s Paydirt (1981)
Walt appears as George in Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche (1985)
Tim Streeter appears as Walt in Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche (1985)
Walt Curtis appears as himself in Bill Plympton’s Peckerneck Poet (1997)
Walt Curtis appears as himself in Sabrina Guitart’s Salmon Poet (2009)
Here’s information on how to contribute to the efforts to help Walt recover from losses sustained in the fire which destroyed Great Northwest Bookstore.