Bill Walker (1896-1992) plays Sam the cook, in "The Killers" (1946), his first film at age 50. It was also the first film of Burt Lancaster who went on to appear in the other film noirs - "Brute Force," "Criss Cross," "I Walk Alone," "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands," "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "Sweet Smell of Success."
Walker also appears with John Wayne in "Big Jake" (1971).
Gregory Peck credited Walker with wrapping up his Oscar for "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962).
When Peck, as lawyer Atticus Finch, leaves the courthouse all the blacks in the balcony rise. Finch's own two children don't. Bill Walker, as the Reverend Sikes, says "Stand up children, your father is passing." Bill Walker was the son of a former slave, and was very active in the Civil Rights movement.
@2009 David Lee Guss Bill Walker, The Deacon, The Great White Hope, Globe, Arizona, 1969-2008