Will Geer

Born Mar 9, 1902

Will Geer was an American actor and social activist. He is best known for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, The Waltons.

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1902 Birth Born on March 9, 1902.


1928 26 Years Old 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. … Read More


1934 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Geer became a member of the Communist Party of the United States in 1934. … Read More
1938 36 Years Old 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. … Read More


1951 49 Years Old In 1951 Geer founded the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, with his wife, Herta Ware. … Read More


1964 62 Years Old In 1964 he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for 110 in the Shade.
1972 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, he played the part of "Bear Claw" in Jeremiah Johnson along with Robert Redford.
1975 73 Years Old He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The Waltons in 1975. … Read More
1977 75 Years Old When Geer died, shortly after completing the sixth season of The Waltons, the death of his character was written into the show's script as well. His final episode, the last episode of the 1977–78 season, depicted his being reunited with his onscreen wife Esther (Ellen Corby, who played the character, had been absent for the entire season, due to a stroke).
1978 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Geer's character was mourned onscreen during the first episode of the 1978–79 season. … Read More
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