Bill Walker (actor)

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

William Walker
William Franklin Walker

(1896-07-01)July 1, 1896
Pendleton, Indiana, United States
DiedJanuary 27, 1992(1992-01-27) (aged 95)
Years active1946–1987
(m. 1962)


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 lifeEdit

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]


Year Title Role Notes
1946 The Killers Sam Uncredited
1946 Three Little Girls in Blue Captain of Waiters Uncredited
1946 Swell Guy Albert - Train Porter Uncredited
1946 The Falcon's Adventure Train Porter Uncredited
1947 New Orleans Mokey Uncredited
1947 The Foxes of Harrow Ty Demon Uncredited
1948 I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes Prisoner
1948 Canon City Prisoner
1948 Larceny Butler Uncredited
1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me Porter Uncredited
1948 Sun Tan Ranch
1948 No Time for Romance J.T. Richards
1949 Bad Boy Ollie, the Cook Uncredited
1949 Africa Screams Interpreter Uncredited
1949 Sand Sam Uncredited
1949 Free for All Herbert
1949 Bomba on Panther Island Luke
1950 Young Man with a Horn Black Minister Uncredited
1950 Woman in Hiding Porter Uncredited
1950 Bright Leaf Simon - Singleton's Butler Uncredited
1950 Peggy Porter Uncredited
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Pullman Porter Uncredited
1951 Follow the Sun Golf Club Waiter Lee Uncredited
1951 Lightning Strikes Twice The Nolans' Butler Uncredited
1951 Francis Goes to the Races Sam Uncredited
1951 The Harlem Globetrotters Prof. Turner
1951 Angels in the Outfield Waiter on Train Uncredited
1951 The Well Dr. Billings
1951 Anne of the Indies British Club Servant Uncredited
1951 The Family Secret Larry Uncredited
1952 Tarzan's Savage Fury Native Chief Uncredited
1952 Lydia Bailey General LaPlume
1952 Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie Robert Waverly Ferris aka Trooper
1952 The Story of Will Rogers Train Porter Uncredited
1952 Night Without Sleep Henry Uncredited
1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway Uncle Old Fella Uncredited
1952 Bomba and the Jungle Girl The Wards' Headman
1952 Stars and Stripes Forever Train Porter Uncredited
1952 Ruby Gentry Bartender Uncredited
1953 The Mississippi Gambler Dureau Butler Uncredited
1953 The I Don't Care Girl Cook Uncredited
1953 Jungle Drums of Africa Chief Douanga Serial
1953 The Girl Who Had Everything Julian
1953 Bright Road Jake Young - C.T.'s Father Uncredited
1953 Jamaica Run Human
1953 Cry of the Hunted Dock Attendant Uncredited
1953 Rebel City William
1953 The President's Lady Uncle Alfred Uncredited
1953 Sangaree Priam
1954 The Golden Idol Nadji
1954 The Gambler from Natchez Rivage's Butler Uncredited
1954 The Outcast Sam Allen
1954 Killer Leopard Jonas Uncredited
1955 Prince of Players Old Ben
1955 A Man Called Peter The Whiting's Butler Uncredited
1955 The Far Horizons Tom (servant) Uncredited
1955 The Big Knife Russell
1955 The View from Pompey's Head Pullman Porter Uncredited
1955 Queen Bee Sam Uncredited
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow Porter Uncredited
1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove Henry Uncredited
1956 A Kiss Before Dying Bill, the Butler
1956 You Can't Run Away from It Norville, the Butler
1956 Everything But the Truth Waiter Uncredited
1957 Raintree County Old George Uncredited
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Lucius
1958 Hot Spell Attendant Uncredited
1958 Ride a Crooked Trail Jackson
1959 The Mating Game Servant Uncredited
1959 Porgy and Bess Undertaker
1959 Take a Giant Step Frank, the Bartender
1961 The Big Bankroll Bartender Uncredited
1961 Ada William, Servant Uncredited
1961 Boy Who Caught a Crook Keeper
1962 Walk on the Wild Side Black Man (scenes deleted)
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird Reverend Sykes Uncredited
1962 Rawhide: The Captain's Wife Sandy
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Deliveryman (scenes deleted)
1963 Wall of Noise Money
1963 4 for Texas Attendant Uncredited
1964 Kisses for My President Joseph
1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Chauffeur
1965 The Third Day Logan
1966 Our Man Flint American Diplomat
1966 Dimension 5 Slim
1967 The Last Challenge Joey Moon Eagle - Servant Uncredited
1968 Three Guns for Texas Ulmer Applin Uncredited
1968 Uptight Bartender Uncredited
1969 Riot Jake
1969 A Dream of Kings Kampana
1970 ...tick...tick...tick... John Sawyer
1970 The Great White Hope Deacon
1971 Big Jake Moses Brown
1973 Maurie Stokes
1974 Lost in the Stars
1976 Chesty Anderson, USN Texas Oil Man
1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming Willard
1977 Billy Jack Goes to Washington Security Guard
1977 A Piece of the Action Clair Hurst
1977 The Choirboys Tilden
1977 Emergency! Musician S6E24 “All Night Long”
1978 The Wiz The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Voice, Uncredited


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