Bill Walker (actor)

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William Walker
Born William Franklin Walker
(1896-07-01)July 1, 1896
Pendleton, Indiana, United States
Died January 27, 1992(1992-01-27) (aged 95)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Bill Walker
William Bill Walker
William Walker
Wm. Walker
Years active 1946–1987
Spouse(s) Peggy Cartwright (1962–1992)

William Franklin Walker (July 1, 1896 – January 27, 1992) was an African-American television and film actor. Walker is best remembered for his role as Reverend Sykes in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.


Born in Pendleton, Indiana,[1] Walker began his acting career in 1946. In a career that spanned five decades, Walker appeared in numerous television shows and films including Goodyear Television Playhouse, Raintree County, Yancy Derringer, Official Detective, The Amos 'n' Andy Show, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Good Times, The Long, Hot Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Big Jake, What's Happening!!, Twilight's Last Gleaming, The President's Plane is Missing, Our Man Flint, Billy Jack Goes to Washington, Maurie, A Piece of the Action, The Girl Who Had Everything, and The Choirboys.

He was in the 1961 film The Mask, not to be confused with the Twilight Zone episode "The Masks" (1964), in which he also appeared (uncredited).

Personal life[edit]

Walker was married to Canadian actress Peggy Cartwright, a member of the original silent Our Gang troupe.


Walker died of cancer on January 27, 1992. A World War I United States Army veteran, he is buried alongside his wife at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.[2]


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