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Will Geer

1902-03-09 Frankfort, Indiana, USA

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Will Geer (March 9, 1902 – April 22, 1978) was an American actor and social activist. His original name was William Aughe Ghere. He is remembered for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, The Waltons.   Geer made his Broadway debut as Pistol in a 1928 production of Much Ado About Nothing, created the role of Mr. Mister in Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, played Candy in John Steinbeck's theatrical adaptation of his novella Of Mice and Men, and appeared in numerous plays and revues throughout the 1940s. From 1948 to 1951, he appeared in more than a dozen movies, including Winchester '73 (as Wyatt Earp), Broken Arrow, Comanche Territory (all 1950) and Bright Victory (1951). Geer became a member of the Communist Party of the United States in 1934. Geer was also influential in introducing Harry Hay to organizing in the Communist Party. In 1934, Geer and Hay gave support to a labor strike of the port of San Francisco; the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike which lasted 83 days. Though marred by violence, it was an organizing triumph, one that became a model for future union strikes Geer became a reader of the West Coast Communist newspaper People's World. Geer became a dedicated activist, touring government work camps in the 1930s with folk singers like Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie (whom he introduced to the People's World and the Daily Worker; Guthrie would go on to write a column for the latter paper). In 1956, the duo released an album together on Folkways Records, titled Bound for Glory: Songs and Stories of Woody Guthrie. In his biography, fellow organizer and homosexual rights pioneer Harry Hay described Geer's activism and outlined their activities while organizing for the strike. Geer is credited with introducing Guthrie to Pete Seeger at the 'Grapes of Wrath' benefit Geer organized in 1940 for migrant farm workers. Geer acted with the Group Theatre (New York) studying under Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg. Geer also acted in radio, appearing as Mephistopheles (the Devil) in the 1938 and 1944 productions of Norman Corwin's The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. He also acted in the radio soap opera Bright Horizon. Geer was blacklisted in the early 1950s for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. As a result, Geer appeared in very few films over the next decade. Among them was Salt of the Earth (1954) which was produced, directed, written, and starring blacklisted Hollywood personnel and told the story of a miners' strike in New Mexico from a pro-union standpoint. The film was denounced as "subversive" and faced difficulties in its production and distribution as a consequence. Description above from the Wikipedia article Will Geer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970 Narrator 2019-03-01
Will Geer: America's Grandpa 2018-01-01
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life Self (archive footage) 1988-11-22
The Mafu Cage Zom 1978-01-01
Rip Van Winkle Narrator (voice) 1978-01-01
Unknown Powers Host 1978-01-01
The Billion Dollar Hobo Choo-Choo Trayne 1977-11-01
Bunco 1977-01-01
The Blue Bird Grandfather 1976-04-05
Moving Violation Rockfield 1976-07-16
The New Deal for Artists 1976-09-08
Law and Order Pat Crowley 1976-05-06
The Night That Panicked America Reverend Davis 1975-10-31
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Dr. Simpson 1975-03-07
The Hanged Man Nameless 1974-03-13
Memory of Us Motel Manager 1974-05-01
Hurricane Dr. McCutcheon 1974-09-10
Honky Tonk Judge Cotton 1974-04-01
Silence Crazy Jack 1974-04-15
A Gift of Terror Ben 1973-04-05
Isn't It Shocking? Lemuel Lovell 1973-10-02
Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On Len McNeil 1973-11-03
Savage Joel Ryker 1973-03-31
Brock's Last Case J. Smiley Krenshaw 1973-03-05
Executive Action Ferguson 1973-11-07
The Scarecrow Justice Gilead Merton 1972-01-10
The Rowdyman Stan 1972-05-18
Dear Dead Delilah Roy Jurroe 1972-01-01
Jeremiah Johnson Bear Claw 1972-09-10
Napoleon and Samantha Grandpa 1972-07-05
Brother John Doc Thomas 1971-08-15
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? Simon Anderson 1971-02-01
The Moonshine War Mr. Baylor 1970-06-30
The Brotherhood of the Bell Mike Patterson 1970-09-17
Pieces of Dreams The Bishop 1970-09-23
The Reivers Boss 1969-12-25
Of Mice and Men Candy 1968-01-31
Bandolero! Pop Chaney 1968-06-01
Certain Honorable Men Malcolm Stoddard 1968-09-12
The Crucible Giles Corey 1967-05-04
In Cold Blood Prosecutor 1967-12-15
The President's Analyst Dr. Lee-Evan 1967-12-21
Seconds Old Man 1966-10-05
Black Like Me Truckdriver 1964-01-01
Advise & Consent Senate Minority Leader 1962-06-06
Mobs, Inc. Harry Robinson 1956-03-21
Salt of the Earth Sheriff 1954-03-14
The Tall Target Homer Crowley 1951-08-17
Bright Victory Mr. Nevins 1951-08-01
The Barefoot Mailman Dan Paget - Miami Mayor / Postmaster 1951-12-03
Double Crossbones Tom Botts 1951-04-26
Convicted Convict Mapes 1950-08-01
It's a Small World William Musk - Father 1950-06-24
Comanche Territory Dan'l Seeger 1950-05-01
Broken Arrow Rancher 1950-08-01
To Please a Lady Jack Mackay 1950-10-13
The Kid from Texas O'Fallon 1950-03-01
Winchester '73 Wyatt Earp 1950-07-12
Intruder in the Dust Sheriff Hampton 1949-11-22
Anna Lucasta Noah 1949-07-11
Lust for Gold Deputy Ray Covin 1949-06-10
Johnny Allegro Schultzy 1949-05-26
Deep Waters Nick Driver 1948-07-22
Men and Dust Narrator (voice) 1940-11-08
The Fight for Life Ballou 1940-03-07
Union Pacific Foreman (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Becky Sharp Spectator (uncredited) 1935-06-28
Wild Gold Poker Player (uncredited) 1934-06-08
Spitfire West Fry 1934-03-08
The Misleading Lady McMahon - Asylum Guard 1932-04-15