Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. WIll Geer (March 9, 1902 April 22, 1978) was an American actor and social activist. HIs original name was William Aughe Ghere. HE is remembered for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, The Waltons. GEer made his Broadway debut as Pistol in a 1928 production of Much Ado About Nothing, created the role of Mr. MIster in Marc Blitzstein''s The Cradle Will Rock, played Candy in John Steinbeck''s theatrical adaptation of his novella Of Mice and Men, and appeared in numerous plays and revues throughout the 1940s. FRom 1948 to 1951, he appeared in more than a dozen movies, including Winchester ''73, Broken Arrow, and Bright Victory. GEer became a member of the Communist Party of the United States in 1934. IT is believed by some that Harry Hay may have influenced Geer to become interested in communism. IN 1934, Geer and Hay gave support to a labor strike of the port of San Francisco; the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike lasted 83 days. THough marred by violence, it was an organizing triumph, one that became a model for future union strikes.