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Walker Edmiston

Talented, prolific and versatile voice and character actor Walker Edmiston had a remarkable career in radio, movies and television that spanned over five decades. Walker was born on February 6, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. Edmiston discovered at an early age that he could perfectly mimic other people's voices; he used to entertain his family with his vocal impression of Lionel Barrymore. After World War II ended Walker went to Los Angeles to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Edmiston was introduced to animation producer Walter Lantz while performing in a play. This in turn lead to his first steady job doing various incidental voices on the children's show "Time for Beany." In the 50s and 60s he hosted "The Walker Edmiston Show," a children's TV program broadcast in Los Angeles which featured puppets of Edmiston's own creation that included Kingsley the Lion and Ravenswood the Buzzard. Walker worked often for Saturday morning TV series creators Sid and Marty Krofft; he supplied the voices of Sparky the Firefly on "The Bugaloos," Dr. Blinkey and Orson the Vulture on "H.R. Puffnstuf," and Big Daddy Ooze on "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters." Moreover, Edmiston portrayed a crazy old Civil War prospector on "Land of the Lost" and had a recurring role as token benevolent and intelligent Sleestak Enik. He provided the scary grunts and growls for the ferocious Zuni fetish doll in the final and most frightening segment of the made-for-TV horror anthology "Trilogy of Terror." Walker did the voice of Inferno for the "Transformers" cartoon show. For twenty years Edmiston was the voice of both beloved "nice guy" Tom Riley and the notorious Bart Rathbone on the popular radio program "Adventures in Odyssey." In addition, Walker was the voice of Ernie the Keebler Elf in countless TV commercials for ten years. Among the TV shows he had guest spots on are "Maverick," "Thriller," "The Virginian," "Green Acres," "Get Smart," "Star Trek," "The Wild, Wild West," "Bonanza," "Mission: Impossible," "Gunsmoke," "Fantasy Island," "The Waltons," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Falcon Crest," and "Knots Landing." He appeared on several records with Spike Jones, looped actor's voices on numerous films (one of these jobs was doing the off-camera lines for Orson Welles in "Start the Revolution Without Me"), and even supplied many different voices on all five "Planet of the Apes" pictures (he's the voice of the talking baby chimp in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes"). Walker Edmiston died from complications from cancer at age 81 on February 15, 2007.


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Born:
Feb 6, 1926 In St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
50
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series Ben 10 2005-12-27
Known For
Poster of Land of the Lost
Poster of Get Smart
Filmography
Ben 10 Unknown 2005-12-27
Avatar: The Last Airbender Unknown 2005-02-21
Spider-Man: The Animated Series Unknown 1994-11-19
Street Hawk Unknown 1985-01-04
Stingray Unknown 1985-07-14
Jem Unknown 1985-10-06
Adventures of the Gummi Bears Unknown 1985-09-14
The Transformers Unknown 1984-09-17
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Unknown 1983-09-10
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Shirt Tales Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1982 1982-09-18
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Unknown 1981-09-12
Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
The Smurfs Unknown 1981-09-12
Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-08-25
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Unknown 1979-09-20
The Dukes of Hazzard Unknown 1979-01-26
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show Additional Voices / ... 16 episodes, 1979-1980 1979-09-22
Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Dallas Unknown 1978-04-02
CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Quincy M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
The Oregon Trail Unknown 1976-01-10
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-03-30
Land of the Lost Unknown 1974-09-07
The Magician Unknown 1973-03-17
The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
The Bob Newhart Show Unknown 1972-09-16
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01
Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19
Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Star Trek: The Original Series Unknown 1966-09-08
The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Top Cat Unknown 1961-09-27
The Flintstones Unknown 1960-05-01
Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10