One of the vital memorable characters of The Waltons was Grandpa Zebulon Walton. Because the patriarch of the household, Grandpa was a central determine within the lives of every of the Waltons, and he was closely featured in lots of episodes of the present as nicely. Sadly, he disappeared from the present in Season 7. So, what occurred to Grandpa?
What occurred to Grandpa on ‘The Waltons’?
Should you had been watching The Waltons when it initially aired again within the ‘70s, you most likely keep in mind listening to the information that Will Geer — the person who performed Grandpa Zebulon Walton — had died. Will handed away from respiratory failure on April 22, 1978, shortly after filming Season 6 of The Waltons. Will’s remaining episode of the present featured Grandpa reuniting with Grandma Esther — Ellen Corby, who performed Grandma, had been absent for Season 6 of the present as a consequence of struggling a stroke.
The showrunners determined to jot down Will’s demise into the present somewhat than changing the actor who performed Grandpa. Within the first episode of Season 7, every member of the family pays their respects to Grandpa Zebulon as they stand round his grave. Grandma Esther had probably the most heart-wrenching line of all, saying, “Outdated man, you reside in all of us.”
In line with Will’s obituary in The New York Occasions, his household gathered round his deathbed to recite poems by Robert Frost and sing songs by Woody Guthrie. The truth is, Woody Guthrie had been an in depth buddy of Will’s for the reason that 1940s after they first met in California. The 2 of them even launched an album collectively in 1956 referred to as Sure for Glory: Songs and Tales of Woody Guthrie.
Whereas many individuals know of Will Geer from his function on The Waltons, he lived a protracted, full life earlier than ever showing on-screen as Zebulon Walton. Along with befriending and performing with Woody Guthrie, Will was a devoted social activist who was energetic in labor organizing and different actions within the ‘30s and ‘40s.
Within the early 1950s, Will was blacklisted for refusing to testify earlier than the Home Committee on Un-American Actions. He wasn’t in a position to carry out in lots of movies or tv exhibits, however that didn’t cease him from dwelling out his ardour of appearing. He based the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in 1951 along with his then-wife Herta Ware.
There, he mixed his love of appearing along with his love of horticulture and cultivated each plant talked about in Shakespeare’s performs, whereas additionally establishing a theater for different blacklisted actors and people singers. Finally, he started working within the trade once more, first sporadically after which extra commonly. In 1972, he was solid as Zebulon Walton.
If you wish to watch Will Geer as Grandpa Walton, all 9 seasons of The Waltons can be found to hire on Amazon Prime Video. Anybody else really feel like settling in for a marathon?