Walter Brooke

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Walter Brooke
Gustav William Tweer Jr.

(1914-10-23)October 23, 1914
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 20, 1986(1986-08-20) (aged 71)
Years active1941–1986
Spouse(s)Yvonne Brooke
(his death)

Walter Brooke (born Gustav William Tweer Jr.,[1] October 23, 1914 – August 20, 1986) was an American actor. Brooke is best known for playing Mr. McGuire in the 1967 hit film The Graduate,[2] where his character famously said "Plastics".[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Brooke was born in New York City in 1914.[1]


Brooke portrayed district attorney Frank Scanlon in the television series The Green Hornet.[3][4] He also played Clarence Johnson in The Waltons,[3]:1150-1151 Walter Montgomery in Paradise Bay,[3]:810 Billy Herbert in One Man's Family,[3]:791 and Judge Howe in The Lawyers.[3]:589

He played several naval officers a few times in the series McHale's Navy and an unnamed district attorney in two episodes of Perry Mason: "The Case of the Floating Stones" in 1963, and "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith" in 1965. He appeared on stage in the 1957 production of Hide and Seek at the Shubert Theatre in Washington, DC.[citation needed]

Brooke's Broadway credits include Hide and Seek (1957), Seagulls Over Sorrento (1952), Twilight Walk (1951), Two Blind Mice (1949), The Barber Had Two Sons (1943), and Romeo and Juliet (1940).[5]

Brooke was active in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, serving as a director at both the local and national levels, and he served as an officer in Actor's Equity.[1]


Brooke died from emphysema in Los Angeles[1] on August 20, 1986, aged 71. He was survived by his wife, Yvonne Brooke, and their two children, a son and a daughter.[6]



MASH - General Wisekoph - 1979


  1. ^ a b c d "Walter Brooke; Actor of Stage, TV, Movies". The Los Angeles Times. August 23, 1986. Archived from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ NPR : The Graduate, Present at the Creation
  3. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 416–417. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "Classic TV Shows – Green Hornet, Van Williams, Bruce Lee". Fifities Web. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Walter Brooke". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  6. ^ Associated Press (August 24, 1986). "Walter Brooke Is Dead at 71; A Stage, Movie and TV Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2016.

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