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
Birthday: 1902-03-09
Place of Birth: Frankfort, Indiana, USA
Also Known As: High Ghere, William Aughe Ghere

Movies List of Will Geer

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Seconds

1966 Movie
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Salt of the Earth

1954 Movie
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Jeremiah Johnson

1972 Movie
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The Tall Target

1951 Movie
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Convicted

1950 Movie
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Executive Action

1973 Movie
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Deep Waters

1948 Movie
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Winchester '73

1950 Movie
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Napoleon and Samantha

1972 Movie
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Broken Arrow

1950 Movie
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Johnny Allegro

1949 Movie
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The Kid from Texas

1950 Movie
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Advise & Consent

1962 Movie
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In Cold Blood

1967 Movie
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Intruder in the Dust

1949 Movie
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It's a Small World

1950 Movie
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Double Crossbones

1951 Movie
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Lust for Gold

1949 Movie
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Pieces of Dreams

1970 Movie
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Comanche Territory

1950 Movie
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The Hanged Man

1974 Movie
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Brother John

1971 Movie
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Bright Victory

1951 Movie
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Savage

1973 Movie
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To Please a Lady

1950 Movie
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Hurricane

1974 Movie
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Rip Van Winkle

1978 Movie
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Anna Lucasta

1949 Movie
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Isn't It Shocking?

1973 Movie
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Moving Violation

1976 Movie
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Bandolero!

1968 Movie
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Dear Dead Delilah

1972 Movie
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The Mafu Cage

1978 Movie
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Spitfire

1934 Movie
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Men and Dust

1940 Movie
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Scarecrow

1972 Movie
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Union Pacific

1939 Movie
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Brock's Last Case

1973 Movie
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Black Like Me

1964 Movie
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The Barefoot Mailman

1951 Movie
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The Fight for Life

1940 Movie
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The Rowdyman

1972 Movie
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The Misleading Lady

1932 Movie
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Silence

1974 Movie
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The Moonshine War

1970 Movie
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Unknown Powers

1978 Movie
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The Crucible

1967 Movie
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The Blue Bird

1976 Movie
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Memory of Us

1974 Movie
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Bunco

1977 Movie
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The Reivers

1969 Movie
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Law and Order

1976 Movie
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Honky Tonk

1974 Movie
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Mobs, Inc.

1956 Movie
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A Gift of Terror

1973 Movie
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Wild Gold

1934 Movie
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Becky Sharp

1935 Movie
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Of Mice and Men

1968 Movie
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Certain Honorable Men

1968 Movie