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Walter Baldwin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Walter S. Baldwin Jr. (January 2, 1889 − January 27, 1977) was a prolific character actor whose career spanned five decades and 150 film and television roles, and numerous stage performances. Baldwin was born in Lima, Ohio from a theatrical family and served in the First World War. He was probably best known for playing the father of the handicapped sailor in The Best Years of Our Lives. He was the first actor to portray "Floyd the Barber" on The Andy Griffith Show. Prior to his first film roles in 1939, Baldwin had appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. He played Whit in the first Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, and also appeared in the original Grand Hotel in a small role, as well as serving as the production's stage manager. He originated the role of Bensinger, the prissy Chicago Tribune reporter, in the Broadway production of The Front Page. In the 1960s he had small acting roles in television shows such as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. He continued to act in motion pictures, and one of his last roles was in Rosemary's Baby. Baldwin was known for playing solid middle class burghers, although sometimes he gave portrayals of eccentric characters. He played a customer seeking a prostitute in The Lost Weekend and the rebellious prison trusty Orvy in Cry of the City. Walter Baldwin was featured in a lot of John Deere Day Movies from 1949-59 where he played the farmer Tom Gordon. In this series of Deere Day movies over a decade he helped to introduce many new pieces of John Deere farm equipment year-by-year. In each yearly movie he would be shown on his in A Tom Gordon Family Film where he would be buying new John Deere farm equipment or a new green and yellow tractor.A picture of Walter Baldwin playing Tom Gordon can be found on page 108 of Bob Pripp's book John Deere Yesterday & Today Hal Erickson writes in Allmovie: "With a pinched Midwestern countenance that enabled him to portray taciturn farmers, obsequious grocery store clerks and the occasional sniveling coward, Baldwin was a familiar (if often unbilled) presence in Hollywood films for three decades."

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Jan 2, 1889 In Lima, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare 1939-11-24
Latest Project:
Series Nanny and the Professor 1970-01-21
Known For
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Poster of The Best Years of Our Lives
Poster of The Lost Weekend
Poster of The Missing Juror
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Movie Rosemary's Baby Mr. Wees (uncredited) 1968-06-12
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Mannix Luther 1967-09-16
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series My Mother the Car Unknown 1965-09-14
Series The Dakotas Unknown 1963-01-07
Series The Fugitive Mr. Weaver 1963-09-17
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie Oklahoma Territory Ward Harlan 1960-03-01
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie You Can't Run Away from It 1st Proprietor 1956-10-30
Movie Glory Doc Brock 1956-01-11
Movie Stranger on Horseback Vince Webb 1955-03-22
Movie Interrupted Melody Jim Owens 1955-05-05
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Desperate Hours George Patterson 1955-10-05
Series Frontier Unknown 1955-09-25
Movie The Long, Long Trailer Uncle Edgar 1954-02-19
Movie Living It Up Isaiah Jackson 1954-07-15
Movie Destry Henry Skinner 1954-12-01
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Ride, Vaquero! Adam Smith 1953-07-17
Movie Scandal at Scourie Michael Hayward 1953-05-17
Movie The Winning Team Pa Alexander (uncredited) 1952-06-20
Movie Carrie Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father 1952-07-17
Movie I Want You George Kress Sr. 1951-12-22
Movie Rough Riders of Durango Cricket Adams 1951-01-30
Movie Storm Warning Coroner Bledsoe 1951-02-10
Movie The Racket Sgt. Sullivan 1951-10-25
Movie The Gay Amigo Editor Stoneham 1949-05-13
Movie Special Agent Pop Peters 1949-07-22
Movie Calamity Jane and Sam Bass Doc Purdy 1949-07-04
Movie Return of the Bad Men Muley Wilson 1948-07-17
Movie Albuquerque Judge Fred Martin 1948-02-20
Movie Winter Meeting Mr. Castle 1948-04-07
Movie Hazard Alfred Clumby 1948-05-28
Movie The Man from Colorado Stagecoach driver 1948-08-07
Movie Cry of the City Orvy 1948-09-29
Movie Rachel and the Stranger Gallus 1948-09-18
Movie The Unsuspected Judge Maynard - Justice of the Peace 1947-10-11
Movie Young Widow Miller (Uncredited) 1946-03-01
Movie The Bride Wore Boots Mr. Hodges 1946-06-05
Movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Dempsey (uncredited) 1946-08-19
Movie The Best Years of Our Lives Mr. Parrish 1946-12-25
Movie Bring on the Girls Henry (uncredited) 1945-03-30
Movie Murder, He Says Vic Hardy 1945-01-01
Movie Trail to Vengeance Bart Jackson 1945-06-01
Movie The Lost Weekend Man from Albany (uncredited) 1945-11-29
Movie Scared Stiff Deputy with Rifle (Uncredited) 1945-06-22
Movie Rhythm Round-Up Jed Morton 1945-09-06
Movie Christmas in Connecticut Herb, the Sheriff 1945-07-27
Movie Dark Mountain Uncle Sam Bates 1944-09-01
Movie The Ghost That Walks Alone Deputy Sheriff 1944-02-10
Movie The Mark of the Whistler Fireman (uncredited) 1944-10-09
Movie Reckless Age Music Conductor 1944-08-01
Movie I'm from Arkansas Attorney 1944-10-31
Movie Faces in the Fog Doan, Jury Foreman 1944-11-30
Movie The Missing Juror Town Sheriff (Uncredited) 1944-11-16
Movie Reconnaissance Pilot George Newton 1943-01-25
Movie Eyes Aloft Pa 1943-01-24
Movie After Midnight with Boston Blackie Diamond Ed Barnaby 1943-03-18
Movie A Stranger in Town Tom Cooney 1943-04-01
Movie Happy Land Jake Hibbs 1943-11-10
Movie The Kansan Judge Lorrimer 1943-09-10
Movie In This Our Life Worker (uncredited) 1942-05-08
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Hugo French 1942-03-05
Movie The Incredible Stranger Doctor Peabody (uncredited) 1942-06-20
Movie Powder Town Jerry the Nitrate Technician (uncredited) 1942-06-07
Movie For Me and My Gal Bill (uncredited) 1942-10-21
Movie The Devil Commands Seth Marcy 1941-02-03
Movie All That Money Can Buy Hank 1941-10-17
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Settler (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie Look Who's Laughing Bill 1941-11-21
Movie Cafe Hostess Jones 1940-01-11
Movie Arizona Man Who Declares for the South 1940-12-25
Movie Angels Over Broadway Rennick (uncredited) 1940-10-02
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Finch 1939-11-24