Robert Walker (actor, born 1940)

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Robert Walker Jr.
Robert Walker, Jr. (publicity still - 1963).JPG
Walker in 1963
Born
Robert Hudson Walker Jr.

(1940-04-15)April 15, 1940
DiedDecember 5, 2019(2019-12-05) (aged 79)
Years active1956–2018
Spouse(s)
Ellie Wood Walker
(m. 1962; div. 1976)

Judy Motulsky
(m. 1978; div. 1980)
Dawn Walker
(m. 1981)
Children7
Parent(s)Robert Walker
Jennifer Jones

Robert Hudson Walker Jr. (April 15, 1940 – December 5, 2019)[1] was an American actor who was a familiar presence on television in the 1960s and early 1970s. He became less active in later decades.

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in Queens, New York and was the elder son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones. He attended The Lawrenceville School near Princeton before beginning his acting career.

Walker studied Tai Chi Chuan under Marshall Ho'o, a skill which he later exhibited in his role in the movie Easy Rider.[2]

Career[edit]

Walker appeared in films and television from the early 1960s onwards. His movies include the title role in Ensign Pulver (1964) with Burl Ives and Walter Matthau; The War Wagon (1967) with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas; the title role in Young Billy Young, alongside Robert Mitchum; Easy Rider (both 1969), and Beware! The Blob, or—Son of Blob (1972). He featured in Angkor: Cambodia Express (1982) with Nancy Kwan, Christopher George, Woody Strode, and Sorapong Chatree.

In the 1960s, Walker appeared in the television series Route 66 ("Across Walnuts and Wine", 1962). He played the title role and an emotionally disturbed character who was a troubled actor who lived and performed on the streets and in circuses, in Naked City episode "Dust Devil on a Quiet Street" (also 1962). In The Big Valley episode "My Son, My Son," (1965), Walker portrayed Evan Miles, an emotionally disturbed college dropout who becomes obsessed with childhood friend Audra Barkley.

Walker was cast role in the Star Trek episode "Charlie X" (1966) as Charles 'Charlie' Evans, a 17-year-old adolescent and social misfit with psychic powers. Walker appeared in the fifth season of the series Combat! in the episode "Ollie Joe" (also 1966). In addition he had the title role in an episode of The Time Tunnel titled "Billy the Kid" (1967). He also portrayed Nick Baxter, an ill alien who caused the deaths of humans by touch, in an episode of The Invaders ("Panic", 1967). He played Mark Cole in an episode of Bonanza ("The Gentle Ones", 1967).

In the 1970s, Walker had a role in an episode of Columbo ("Mind Over Mayhem", 1974), and as an innocent longshoreman who takes the blame for a murder on Quincy, M.E. ("The Hero Syndrome", 1977). He also appeared in the pilot episode of The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978).

Walker maintained an episodic presence on television in the 1980s and 1990s. He guest-starred in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury, the first time in "The Corpse Flew First Class" (1987), and as a mentally handicapped man in "Shear Madness" (1990). His last television performances were in L.A. Law and In the Heat of the Night, both in 1991. He also made a television series appearance in 1993 and had a small role in the film Beyond the Darkness (2018) before officially retiring in 2018.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Hook Pvt. O.A. Dennison
1963 The Ceremony Dominic
1964 Ensign Pulver Ensign Frank Pulver
1965 The Touching and the Not Touching
1966 COMBAT! Ollie Joe Brown Episode: "Ollie Joe"
1966 Star Trek Charlie Evans Episode: "Charlie X"
1967 The Time Tunnel Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney) Episode: "Billy the Kid"
1967 The Happening Herby
1967 The War Wagon Billy Hyatt
1967 Bonanza Mark Cole Episode: "The Gentle Ones"
1967 The Invaders Nick Baxter Episode: "Panic"
1968 The Savage Seven Johnnie
1968 Eve Mike Yates
1968 Killers Three Johnny Warder
1969 Agilok & Blubbo Agilok
1969 Easy Rider Jack
1969 Young Billy Young Billy Young
1970 The Man from O.R.G.Y. Steve Victor
1970 Road to Salina Jonas
1972 Beware! The Blob Bobby Hartford
1973 Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman Le guitariste
1973 Hex Chupo [3]
1974 The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe
1974 Gone with the West Sheriff of Black Miller
1976 The Passover Plot Bar Talmi
1977 Quincy, M.E. Peter Thorwald
1977 Evil Town Mike Segal
1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Cloche / Bell 2 episodes
1982 CHiPs Tom Corey Episode: "Ice Cream Man"
1982 Angkor: Cambodia Express Andrew Cameron
1983 Olivia Michael 'Mike' Grant
1983 Making of a Male Model Joseph TV movie
1983 The Devonsville Terror Matthew Pendleton
1983 Hambone and Hillie The Wanderer
2018 Beyond the Darkness Agent Mills (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Walker Jr., 'Star Trek' Actor and Son of Hollywood Superstars, Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "Tai Chi In The Movie Easy Rider". Slanted Flying. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Robert Walker Jr." from Complete Filmography page. TCM.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014.

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