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Bill Walker

  • Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)
  • Birthday: Jul 1, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

Box
Office

Year

57% 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
79% 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
92% 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
71% A Hole in the Head Andy 1959
83% Porgy and Bess Undertaker 1959
89% 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
No Score Yet Everything but the Truth Waiter 1956
86% 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 The Girl Who Had Everything Julian 1953
No Score Yet Sangaree Priam 1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa Chief Douanga 1953
No Score Yet Bomba and the Jungle Girl Bearer 1952
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway Uncle Old Fella 1952
No Score Yet Lydia Bailey Gen. LaPlume 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
88% No Way Out Mathew Tompkins 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Black Minister 1950
No Score Yet Bright Leaf Simon 1950
No Score Yet Bomba on Panther Island Luke 1949
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

Year

No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Rosie
  • 1976
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Mr. Carter
  • 1975
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Crowell
  • 1971
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Butler
  • 1964
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Attendant
  • 1960
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Watchman
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Bill Walker CHARACTERS

Rev. Sykes
Jean Louise, Jean Louise, stand up. Your father is passing.
Rev. Sykes
Jean Louise. Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing.