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Will Geer (1902–1978)

Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to build Frankfort's first opera house. Will pursued a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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The Waltons
The Waltons The Grandfather
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson Bear Claw
Salt of the Earth
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood Prosecutor


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 1977 Bunco (TV Movie)
 1977 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Franklyn Bootherstone
- The Old Man and the Runaway/The Painters/A Fine Romance (1977) ... Franklyn Bootherstone
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Commodore Atwater
- Murder at Sea Part 2 (1976) ... Commodore Atwater
- Murder at Sea (1976) ... Commodore Atwater
 1976 The Sad and Lonely Sundays (TV Movie)
Lucas Wembley
 1976 Law and Order (TV Movie)
Pat Crowley
 1975 The Night That Panicked America (TV Movie)
Reverend Davis
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
- The Statesman (1975)
- The Whirlwind (1974)
- The Ambassador (1974)
 1974 Hurricane (TV Movie)
Dr. McCutcheon
 1974 Honky Tonk (TV Movie)
Judge Cotton
 1970-1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
Loriss / Coughlin / Jess Calhoun
- Hexed (1974) ... Loriss
- No Way Out (1972) ... Coughlin
- The Rebel in White (1970) ... Jess Calhoun
 1974 The Hanged Man (TV Movie)
 1973 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Paul Bartlett
- A Man of Importance (1973) ... Paul Bartlett
 1973 Isn't It Shocking? (TV Movie)
Lemuel Lovell
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Judge Emmitt Marcus
- The Ancient Warrior (1973) ... Judge Emmitt Marcus
 1973 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
- The Gift of Terror (1973) ... Ben
 1973 Savage (TV Movie)
Joel Ryker
 1973 Harry O (TV Series)
Len McNeil
- Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973) ... Len McNeil
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
J. Smiley Krenshaw
 1973 Columbo (TV Series)
Dr. Edmund Hidemann
- A Stitch in Crime (1973) ... Dr. Edmund Hidemann
 1973 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Walt Peckinpah
- Die Now, Pay Later (1973) ... Walt Peckinpah
 1970-1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Elliot Leveridge / Judge Scanlon / Ralph Turner
- The Letter of the Law (1971) ... Elliot Leveridge
- The Verdict (1970) ... Judge Scanlon
- The Shattered Image (1970) ... Ralph Turner
 1969-1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ferris Callahan / Zach Randolph / Calvin Butler
- A Home for Jamie (1971) ... Ferris Callahan
- The Love Child (1970) ... Zach Randolph
- The Running Man (1969) ... Calvin Butler
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
- Operation: Moonshine (1971) ... Singlefoot
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Uncle Everett
- A Bunk for Unc (1971) ... Uncle Everett
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
- Smiler with a Gun (1971) ... Seth
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Hurley Gaines
- Company Town (1971) ... Hurley Gaines
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Desk Clerk (segment "Love and the Pulitzer Prize")
- Love and the Arctic Station/Love and the Pulitzer Prize/Love and the Tattoo (1971) ... Desk Clerk (segment "Love and the Pulitzer Prize")
 1971 Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (TV Movie)
Simon Anderson
 1970 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Harry I. Madison
- Who Wants to Sail Down the Amazon, Anyway? (1970) ... Harry I. Madison
 1970 The Young Rebels (TV Series)
Mayor Larkin
- The Age of Independence (1970) ... Mayor Larkin
- The Ring of Freedom (1970) ... Mayor Larkin
- Father and I Went Down to Camp (1970) ... Mayor Larkin
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mr. Kane
- The Old Man of 4-C (1970) ... Mr. Kane
 1970 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
Senator Homer Bryant Wydell
- The Day the Lion Died (1970) ... Senator Homer Bryant Wydell
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- One of the Girls in Research (1970) ... Mac
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
- Target Boone (1969) ... Adam
 1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Professor Harold Lochner
- Forty Feet High and It Kills! (1969) ... Professor Harold Lochner
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
- Kidnap (1969)
 1969 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Benjamin Pruitt
- A Dream That Glitters (1969) ... Benjamin Pruitt
 1969 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Captain Wolford
- Aunt Bee's Cruise: Part 2 (1969) ... Captain Wolford
- Aunt Bee's Cruise: Part 1 (1969) ... Captain Wolford
 1968 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Slocum (1968) ... Slocum
 1968 Certain Honorable Men (TV Movie)
Malcolm Stoddard
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
Hank Willis
- The Pursued (1968) ... Hank Willis
 1968 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
- The Town (1968) ... Doc
 1968 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie)
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Judge David P. Andrews
- The Killing Scene (1968) ... Judge David P. Andrews
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Uncle Harry
- Home to Judgment (1968) ... Uncle Harry
 1967 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
- The Deadly Masquerade (1967) ... Laski
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Judge Lindemann / Sheldon
- The Only Game in Town (1966) ... Judge Lindemann
- The 10-Foot, 6-Inch Pole (1966) ... Sheldon
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Brian Lincoln
- Here Today (1964) ... Brian Lincoln
 1951 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Harry Robinson
- The Case of the Miracle Mud (1951) ... Harry Robinson
 1948 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Sam Hobbs
- Mirage in Manhattan (1948) ... Sam Hobbs
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Stage: Appeared (as "Sweeney") in "Hope's the Thing With Feathers" on Broadway. Written by Richard Harrity. Playhouse Theatre: 11 May 1948-15 May 1948 (7 performances/performed in repertory with: "Gone Tomorrow" and "Home Life of a Buffalo"). Cast: Robert Alvin, Lou Gilbert, Jabez Gray, E.G. Marshall (as "Doc"), Frederic Martin, ... See more »

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High Ghere


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I'm a lifelong agitator, a radical. A rebel is just against things for rebellion's sake. By radical, I mean someone who goes to the roots. See more »


His fervent, active interest in liberal politics resulted in his Hollywood blacklisting in 1951. He built the Will Geer Theatrical Botanicum during those hard times in order to find an acting haven for himself and his many blacklisted friends. See more »

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