Will Geer
American politician
Will Geer
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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Stage listings: September 2, 2011 - Ventura County Star
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"My Name Is Rachel Corrie": The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum presents this one-woman play based on the journals, letters and emails of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza at age 23 as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a
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John C. Reilly to Perform in Burt Bacharach and Hal David Tribute - TheaterMania.com
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Stage and screen star John C. Reilly will be the special guest at a Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David, to be held at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California on Monday, September 5, at 2pm. The Labor Day event is organized by
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'Rachel Corrie' on stage: agitprop or art? - The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
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1 at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, an outdoor venue in Topanga Canyon. Although it is hardly a prominent theatrical event for a cultural mecca like Los Angeles, its focus on a controversial historical figure from Israel's recent history raises
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Recipe for Being Human: Music & Humor - Palisadian-Post
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He came West in 1970, looking for places to perform and was led to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, which changed the course of his life as he became pleasantly entwined with the Geer family. By this time, Will was getting on;
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'The Mafu Cage' on DVD: Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Die - Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)
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The film also is unusual for being so narrow, even claustrophobic; apes aside, it has only four characters (the fourth is an old animal trader, played by Will Geer), and it never strays far for long from the sisters' home. (In fact, Cissy never leaves
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Richard Thomas to Join Mary McDonough for September 8 NYC Barnes & Noble ... - TheaterMania.com
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McDonough played Erin for the series' entire run, which concluded in 1981. In the book, McDonough shares intimate, behind-the-scenes memories of working on the show with Will Geer, Michael Learned, and all the other Walton cast, crew and guest stars
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The Spotlight: Judy Durkin in 'Richard III' and Colin DePaula in 'Les Miserables' - Los Angeles Times
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Judy: I've been coming to Will Geer camp for four years; the camp director emailed my family and asked if I wanted to play the Duke of York. I've been playing a lot of girls recently, so playing a boy was really cool. And a royal boy too
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Teen's life takes dramatic turn on Theatricum stage - Los Angeles Daily News
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Where: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. When: Opens at 8 pm Saturday and plays weekends through Oct. 2. Tickets: Free for children under 6 to $32 for adult tickets in lower tier. www.theatricum.com, 310-455-3727
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Vices, Vanities Are Staged Under the Trees - Patch.com
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If you think there's nothing droll about watching a hypocrite, think again: you'll be very entertained by Molière's wickedly funny play currently mounted at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. Tartuffe, ou l'Imposteur remains one of the
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TARTUFFE, OU I'IMPOSTEUR - noho arts district
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Ellen Geer's wonderful new adaptation of Jean-Baptiste Moliere's masterpiece TARTUFFE (or THE HYPOCRITE) has opened in repertory at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. If this is your first faire into the wit of Moliere, you are very lucky indeed
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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead - Los Angeles Times
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July 19: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum performs “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as part of Descanso Gardens' Summer Family Series. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the gardens). 5:30 to 7 pm Included in garden admission of $3 to $8
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Stage Raw: Rebellion at Antaeus Company - LA Weekly (blog)
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Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, (310) 455-3723, theatricum.com. GO Twist: An American Musical This big, splashy musical, with book by William F. Brown and Tina Tippit, lyrics by Tena Clark, and music by Clark and
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"Richard III": Classic with a modern lesson - People's World
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Enjoying Shakespeare under the stars at Topanga Canyon's Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is de rigeur during summertime for Angeleno theatergoers. No July, August or September in LA is complete without an outing to this outdoor pantheon of plays when
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Getting Theatrical at Descanso Gardens (Photo Gallery) - Patch.com
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The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum participated recently in the Descanso Gardens Family Summer Series. This photo gallery depicts energetic actors and an engaged audience wathing A Midsummer Night's
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Descanso Gardens Summer Family Series gets Theatrical (Photo) - Patch.com
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Actors engaging in some very realistic stage fighting at Descanso Gardens during A Midsummer Night's Dream, put on by the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. The long holiday weekend did not tire folks too
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Geer
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 75
    Geer's character was mourned onscreen during the first episode of the 1978–79 season.
    More Details Hide Details His ex-wife, actress Herta Ware, was best known for her performance as the wife of Jack Gilford in the film Cocoon (1985). Although they eventually divorced, they remained close throughout the rest of their lives. Geer and Ware had three children, Kate Geer, Thad Geer and actress Ellen Geer. Ware also had a daughter, actress Melora Marshall, from a previous marriage.
  • 1977
    Age 74
    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).
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  • 1975
    Age 72
    He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The Waltons in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Geer maintained a garden at his vacation house, called Geer-Gore Gardens, in Nichols, Connecticut. He visited often and attended the local Fourth of July fireworks celebrations, sometimes wearing a black top hat or straw hat and always his trademark denim overalls with only one suspender hooked. Geer also had a small vacation house in Solana Beach, California, where his front and back yards were vegetable gardens instead of lawns.
  • 1972
    Age 69
    In 1972, he was cast as Zebulon Walton, the family patriarch on The Waltons, a role he took over from Edgar Bergen, who played the character in the pilot.
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    In 1972, he played the part of "Bear Claw" in Jeremiah Johnson along with Robert Redford.
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  • 1964
    Age 61
    In 1964 he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for 110 in the Shade.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 48
    In 1951 Geer founded the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, with his wife, Herta Ware.
    More Details Hide Details He combined his acting and botanical careers at the Theatricum, by making sure that every plant mentioned in Shakespeare was grown there. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Geer played several seasons at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, where he created a second "Shakespeare Garden" on the theater's grounds. By this time he was also working sporadically on Broadway.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1938
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1934
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 gay 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 became a member of the Communist Party of the United States in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Geer was also influential in introducing Harry Hay to organizing in the Communist Party.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1928
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Born on March 9, 1902.
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