Richard “Max” Walker died on Sept. 22 at Holy Cross Hospital, from end stage liver disease, according to his friend, Wes Morrison. He was born on New Year’s Eve, 1963 in Bethesda, Md.
Walker grew up in Kensington, Md., and graduated at the top of his class from Walter Johnson High School in 1982. In high school, he interned at GEICO and worked there full-time after graduation. Max also attended Montgomery College.
Walker and his partner of seven years, Scutt Nuce, wed in October 2012. They lived together in Silver Spring, Md. It had been a dream of Walker’s to see same-sex marriage legalized. They enjoyed hosting clever parties and even nicknamed a wedding reception they had on May 11, the “Hello Spring and Wedding Thing.”
Walker used his artistic talents to launch his own company, Balloons by Max, several years ago. And he was a certified balloon artist. He was an avid animal lover, enjoyed photography and botany with his decades-old plants.
Walker worked in the film industry for a time in his 20s. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had roles in movies such as “Running Man” and the TV series “Star Trek: the Next Generation.”
In addition to Nuce, Walker is survived by his mother, Joann Hazlbauer, sister Susie (both in Florida); a brother, Vince, of Columbia, Md.; an uncle, Roger; and cousin Sherry Wing.
A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Fireplace (2161 P St., N.W.).