Walter Baldwin - biography

Actor from United States of America

Walter Baldwin (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, who was born Walter S. Baldwin Jr. in Lima, Ohio from a theatrical family, 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 was 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  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Walter S. Baldwin Jr.,Walter S. Baldwin
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America


Year Performance Character
1960 Oklahoma Territory
1955 Stranger on Horseback
1954 Living It Up
1952 The Winning Team Pa Alexander
1951 Storm Warning
1951 I Want You George Kress Sr.
1949 Thieves' Highway Officer Riley
1947 Mourning Becomes Electra Amos Ames
1944 Together Again Witherspoon
1944 I'm from Arkansas Packing Company Attorney
1942 For Me and My Gal
1941 The Devil Commands


Date of death
Place of death
Santa Monica

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