Will Geer

Will Geer

​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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Frankfort, Indiana, USA
    Birthday
    3/9/1902
Seconds
Seconds
7.3
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth
6.9
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
7.3
The Tall Target
The Tall Target
6.9
Convicted
Convicted
6.3
Executive Action
Executive Action
6.3
Deep Waters
Deep Waters
6
Winchester '73
Winchester '73
7.3
Napoleon and Samantha
Napoleon and Samantha
6.1
Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow
6.7
Johnny Allegro
Johnny Allegro
6.2
The Billion Dollar Hobo
The Billion Dollar Hobo
5.6
The Kid from Texas
The Kid from Texas
5.3
Advise & Consent
Advise & Consent
7.2
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
7.5
Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust
7.4
It's a Small World
It's a Small World
5.3
Double Crossbones
Double Crossbones
5.4
Lust for Gold
Lust for Gold
5.9
Pieces of Dreams
Pieces of Dreams
3.5
Comanche Territory
Comanche Territory
4.8
The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man
4.3
Brother John
Brother John
6.3
Bright Victory
Bright Victory
6.9
Savage
Savage
6.1
To Please a Lady
To Please a Lady
6.3
Hurricane
Hurricane
4.9
Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle
5
Anna Lucasta
Anna Lucasta
4.3
Isn't It Shocking?
Isn't It Shocking?
6.1
Moving Violation
Moving Violation
4.9
Bandolero!
Bandolero!
6.5
Dear Dead Delilah
Dear Dead Delilah
5.5
The Mafu Cage
The Mafu Cage
6.3
Spitfire
Spitfire
5.4
Men and Dust
Men and Dust
5.5
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
8
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
6.5
Black Like Me
Black Like Me
5.9
Brock's Last Case
Brock's Last Case
4
The Barefoot Mailman
The Barefoot Mailman
4
The Fight for Life
5
The Rowdyman
The Rowdyman
3.5
Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On
Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On
0
The Misleading Lady
The Misleading Lady
0
Silence
0
The Brotherhood of the Bell
The Brotherhood of the Bell
5.9
The Moonshine War
The Moonshine War
5.8
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
5.2
Unknown Powers
Unknown Powers
5.8
The Crucible
The Crucible
3.5
The Blue Bird
The Blue Bird
5.2
Memory of Us
Memory of Us
0
Bunco
Bunco
0
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
6
Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970
Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970
0
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster?
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster?
8
The Reivers
The Reivers
6.5
Will Geer: America's Grandpa
Will Geer: America's Grandpa
2
Law and Order
Law and Order
0
The New Deal for Artists
The New Deal for Artists
0
Honky Tonk
Honky Tonk
0
The President's Analyst
The President's Analyst
5.7
The Night That Panicked America
The Night That Panicked America
7.2
Mobs, Inc.
4
A Gift of Terror
A Gift of Terror
0
Wild Gold
Wild Gold
0
Becky Sharp
Becky Sharp
5.5
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
0
Certain Honorable Men
Certain Honorable Men
0
In Hollywood's Backyard: Topanga in the 1970s
In Hollywood's Backyard: Topanga in the 1970s
0
The Man Who Loved Bears
0
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