Will Geer Biography
Birthday: March 9, 1902 (Pisces)
Born In: Frankfort, Indiana, United States
Will Geer was an American political activist and actor. His most memorable portrayal was that of ‘Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton’ in the TV series ‘The Waltons,’ which also won him an ‘Emmy Award.’ He made his ‘Broadway’ debut with ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ The play ‘110 in the Shade’ fetched him a ‘Tony Award’ nomination. As a social activist, Geer remained active in organizing labor and in other movements in Southern California and New York during the 1930s and the 1940s. He was a member of the ‘Communist Party of the United States’ and served as a reader of ‘People's World.’ He backed the 1934 ‘West Coast Waterfront Strike.’ He appeared in films such as ‘Winchester '73’ and ‘Bright Victory’ and on radio shows such as ‘Plot to Overthrow Christmas’ and ‘Bright Horizon’. The ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’ (HUAC) blacklisted him for denying naming those who had joined the ‘Communist Party.’ He later revived his acting career with films such as ‘Jeremiah Johnson’ and series such as ‘The Waltons.’ Geer founded the open-air theater ‘Theatricum Botanicum’ in Topanga, California.