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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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Born:
Jan 2, 1889 In Lima, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
58
First Appeared:
In the movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare 1939-11-24
Latest Project:
Movie Rosemary's Baby 1968-06-12
Known For
Poster of Cry of the City

Walter Baldwin Movies Filmography

Movie
Rosemary's Baby
Mr. Wees (uncredited) 1968-06-12
Series
Green Acres
Unknown 1965-09-15
Series
My Mother the Car
Unknown 1965-09-14
Series
The Fugitive
Unknown 1963-09-17
Series
The Andy Griffith Show
Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie
Oklahoma Territory
Ward Harlan 1960-03-01
Movie
The Desperate Hours
George Patterson 1955-10-05
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie
Interrupted Melody
Jim Owens 1955-05-05
Movie
Stranger on Horseback
Vince Webb 1955-03-22
Movie
Destry
Henry Skinner 1954-12-01
Series
Lassie
Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie
Living It Up
Isaiah Jackson 1954-07-15
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Scandal at Scourie
Michael Hayward 1953-05-17
Movie
Ride, Vaquero!
Adam Smith 1953-07-17
Movie
The Winning Team
Pa Alexander 1952-06-20
Movie
Carrie
Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father 1952-07-17
Movie
I Want You
George Kress Sr. 1951-12-22
Movie
The Racket
Booking Sgt. Sullivan 1951-10-25
Movie
Storm Warning
Coroner Bledsoe 1951-02-10
Movie
Rough Riders of Durango
Cricket Adams 1951-01-30
Movie
The Gay Amigo
Editor Stoneham 1949-05-13
Movie
Cry of the City
Orvy 1948-09-29
Movie
Rachel and the Stranger
Gallus 1948-09-20
Movie
The Man from Colorado
Stagecoach driver 1948-08-07
Movie
Return of the Bad Men
Muley Wilson 1948-07-17
Movie
Hazard
Alfred Clumby 1948-05-28
Movie
The Unsuspected
Judge Maynard - Justice of the Peace 1947-10-11
Movie
The Bride Wore Boots
Mr. Hodges 1946-06-05
Movie
The Best Years of Our Lives
Mr. Parrish 1946-12-25
Movie
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Dempsey (uncredited) 1946-08-19
Movie
The Lost Weekend
Man from Albany (uncredited) 1945-11-29
Movie
Rhythm Round-Up
Jed Morton 1945-09-06
Movie
Christmas in Connecticut
Herb, the Sheriff 1945-07-27
Movie
Trail to Vengeance
Bart Jackson 1945-06-01
Movie
Bring on the Girls
Henry (uncredited) 1945-03-30
Movie
Murder, He Says
Vic Hardy 1945-01-01
Movie
Faces in the Fog
Doan, Jury Foreman 1944-11-30
Movie
The Mark of the Whistler
Fireman (uncredited) 1944-10-09
Movie
Dark Mountain
Uncle Sam Bates 1944-09-01
Movie
The Ghost That Walks Alone
Deputy Sheriff 1944-02-10
Movie
Reconnaissance Pilot
George Newton 1943-01-25
Movie
After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Diamond Ed Barnaby 1943-03-18
Movie
A Stranger in Town
Tom Cooney 1943-04-01
Movie
The Kansan
Judge Lorrimer 1943-09-10
Movie
Happy Land
Jake Hibbs 1943-11-10
Movie
The Incredible Stranger
Doctor Peabody (uncredited) 1942-06-20
Movie
Powder Town
Jerry the Nitrate Technician (uncredited) 1942-06-19
Movie
The Remarkable Andrew
Hugo French 1942-03-05
Movie
Look Who's Laughing
Bill 1941-11-21
Movie
They Died with Their Boots On
Settler (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie
All That Money Can Buy
Hank 1941-10-17
Movie
The Devil Commands
Seth Marcy 1941-02-03
Movie
Arizona
Man Who Declares for the South 1940-12-25
Movie
Angels Over Broadway
Rennick (uncredited) 1940-10-02
Movie
Cafe Hostess
Jones 1940-01-10
Movie
The Secret of Dr. Kildare
Finch 1939-11-24