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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."

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."

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1889-01-02

Day of Death 1977-01-27

Place of Birth Lima, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • Walter S. Baldwin Jr.
  • Walter S. Baldwin

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1970 Nanny and the Professor (1 episode)
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1968 Rosemary's Baby as Mr. Wees (uncredited)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1965 Green Acres (2 episodes)
1965 My Mother the Car (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (9 episodes)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 The Dakotas (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 Oklahoma Territory as Ward Harlan
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1955 Frontier (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 Interrupted Melody as Jim Owens
1955 Stranger on Horseback as Vince Webb
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Destry as Henry Skinner
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 Living It Up as Isaiah Jackson
1953 Ride, Vaquero! as Adam Smith
1953 Scandal at Scourie as Michael Hayward
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 Carrie as Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father
1952 The Winning Team as Pa Alexander
1951 I Want You as George Kress Sr.
1951 The Racket as Booking Sgt. Sullivan
1951 Storm Warning as Coroner Bledsoe
1951 Rough Riders of Durango as Cricket Adams
1949 Special Agent as Pop Peters
1949 The Gay Amigo as Editor Stoneham
1948 Cry of the City as Orvy
1948 Rachel and the Stranger as Gallus
1948 The Man from Colorado as Stagecoach driver
1948 Return of the Bad Men as Muley Wilson
1948 Hazard as Alfred Clumby
1948 Winter Meeting as M. Castle
1948 Albuquerque as Judge Fred Martin
1947 The Unsuspected as Judge Maynard - Justice of the Peace
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives as Mr. Parrish
1946 The Bride Wore Boots as Mr. Hodges
1945 Christmas in Connecticut as Herb, the Sheriff
1945 The Lost Weekend as Man from Albany (uncredited)
1945 Rhythm Round-Up as Jed Morton
1945 Trail to Vengeance as Bart Jackson
1945 Bring on the Girls as Henry (uncredited)
1945 Murder, He Says as Vic Hardy
1944 Faces in the Fog as Doan, Jury Foreman
1944 The Mark of the Whistler as Fireman (uncredited)
1944 Dark Mountain as Uncle Sam Bates
1944 Reckless Age as Music Conductor
1943 Happy Land as Jake Hibbs
1943 The Kansan as Judge Lorrimer
1943 A Stranger in Town as Tom Cooney
1943 After Midnight with Boston Blackie as Diamond Ed Barnaby
1943 Reconnaissance Pilot as George Newton
1943 Eyes Aloft as Pa
1942 The Incredible Stranger as Doctor Peabody (uncredited)
1942 Powder Town as Jerry the Nitrate Technician (uncredited)
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Hugo French
1941 Look Who's Laughing as Bill
1941 They Died with Their Boots On as Settler
1941 All That Money Can Buy as Hank
1941 The Devil Commands as Seth Marcy
1940 Arizona as Man Who Declares for the South
1940 Angels Over Broadway as Rennick
1940 Cafe Hostess as Jones
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Finch

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