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Bill Walker

Highest Rated:   100% Fat City (1972)
Lowest Rated:   11% Raintree County (1957)
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In recalling his courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird, Gregory Peck recalled the vital contribution of African American actor Bill Walker, who was cast as the Reverend Sikes. "All the black people in the balcony stood," Peck noted. "My two kids didn't. When Bill said to them 'Stand up, children, your father is passing,' he wrapped up the Academy Award for me." The son of a freed slave, Walker began his stage career at a time when black actors were largely confined to shuffling, eye-rolling "Yowzah boss" bit parts. While the harsh economic realities of show business dictated that Walker would occasionally have to take less than prestigious roles as butlers, cooks, valets, and African tribal chieftains, he lobbied long and hard to assure that other actors of his race would be permitted to portray characters with more than a modicum of dignity. He also was a tireless worker in the field of Civil Rights, frequently laying both his career and his life on the line. Walker's Broadway credits included Harlem, The Solid South and Golden Dawn; his film credits were legion. Bill Walker was married to actress Peggy Cartwright, who as a child was one of the stars of the Our Gang silent comedies.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lydia Bailey
  • Gen. LaPlume
2009
50% The Choirboys
  • Tilden
1977
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Willard
1977
No Score Yet The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Elder Banks
1974
No Score Yet Big Mo
  • Stokes
1973
100% Fat City
  • Wes
1972
No Score Yet Big Jake
  • Moses Brown
1971
43% The Great White Hope
  • Deacon
1970
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick...
  • John Sawyer
1970
No Score Yet Riot
  • Jake
1969
No Score Yet A Dream of Kings
  • Kampana
1969
No Score Yet The Last Challenge
  • Servant
1967
82% Our Man Flint
  • American Diplomat
1966
No Score Yet The Third Day
  • Logan
1965
No Score Yet Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar
  • Actor
1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
  • Chauffeur
1964
No Score Yet Kisses For My President
  • Joseph
1964
91% To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Rev. Sykes
1962
No Score Yet Walk on the Wild Side
  • Black Man
1962
No Score Yet Boy Who Caught A Crook
  • Keeper
1961
67% A Hole in the Head
  • Andy
1959
83% Porgy and Bess
  • Undertaker
1959
88% The Long, Hot Summer
  • Lucius
1958
No Score Yet Sendas Torturosas
  • Jackson
1958
11% Raintree County
  • Old Man
1957
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It
  • Norville
1956
100% A Kiss Before Dying
  • Butler
1956
80% The Big Knife
  • Russell
1955
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove
  • Henry
1955
No Score Yet Queen Bee
  • Sam
1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons
  • Tom (servant) (uncredited)
1955
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter
  • Butler
1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players
  • Old Ben
1955
No Score Yet Killer Leopard
  • Jonas
1954
No Score Yet The Outcast
  • Sam Allen
1954
No Score Yet The President's Lady
  • Uncle Alfred
1953
No Score Yet The Mississippi Gambler
  • Duroux Butler
1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa
  • Chief Douanga
1953
No Score Yet The Girl Who Had Everything
  • Julian
1953
No Score Yet Sangaree
  • Priam
1953
No Score Yet Bomba and the Jungle Girl
  • Bearer
1952
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Uncle Old Fella
1952
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies
  • Servant
1951
No Score Yet The Well
  • Dr. Billings
1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun
  • Golf Club Waiter
1951
No Score Yet Francis Goes to the Races
  • Sam
1951
83% No Way Out
  • Mathew Tompkins
1950
No Score Yet Young Man With a Horn
  • Black Minister
1950
No Score Yet Bright Leaf
  • Simon
1950
No Score Yet Bad Boy
  • Ollie
1949
No Score Yet Canon City
  • Prisoner
1948
No Score Yet I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes
  • Prisoner
1948
100% The Killers
  • Sam
1946
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack)
  • Young Men in Wagon
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Butler

Quotes from Bill Walker's Characters