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  • BIRTH 01/01/1889
  • DEATH 27/01/1977
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 4
  • MOVIES 24

Walter Baldwin

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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."

Walter Baldwin

Shows (4)

Mannix
Mannix
Luther
The Fugitive
The Fugitive
Mr. Weaver
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Old Man
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Henry Clayburn / Johnson / Spivak

Movies (24)

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Mr. Wees
They Died with Their Boots On
They Died with Their Boots On
Settler (uncredited)
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
Mr. Parrish
Dragonwyck
Dragonwyck
Tom Wilson (uncredited)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Dempsey (uncredited)
The Lost Weekend
The Lost Weekend
Man from Albany (uncredited)
Thieves' Highway
Thieves' Highway
Officer Riley (uncredited)
All That Money Can Buy
All That Money Can Buy
Hank (uncredited)
The Desperate Hours
The Desperate Hours
George Patterson
Carrie
Carrie
Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father
Angels Over Broadway
Angels Over Broadway
Rennick (uncredited)
After Midnight with Boston Blackie
After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Diamond Ed Barnaby
Powder Town
Powder Town
Jerry the Nitrate Technician (uncredited)
Cry of the City
Cry of the City
Orvy
Destry
Destry
Henry Skinner
Glory
Glory
Doc Brock
Living It Up
Living It Up
Isaiah Jackson
The Jackpot
The Jackpot
Watch Buyer
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer
Uncle Edgar
Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
Jim Owens
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen
Jim Bracken (uncredited)
Murder, He Says
Murder, He Says
Vic Hardy (uncredited)
Christmas in Connecticut
Christmas in Connecticut
Herb, the Sheriff
The Man from Colorado
The Man from Colorado
Stagecoach driver