Walter Charles Wilkinson

Walter Charles Wilkinson

Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri, USA
Death 8 Jul 1981 (aged 64)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 202539658 · View Source
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Actor. He will be best remembered for his role as the young child 'Peter Minton' in the dramatic romance film, "The Magic Garden" (1927). The film which was directed by James Leo Meehan and also starred Joyce Coad and Margaret Morris tells the story about a little boy and girl that meet in a beautiful garden and the little girl promises the boy that some day she would meet him there again. He goes off to study the violin in Italy and when he returns he finds the girl in the garden. As a child actor, his acting career spanned from 1920 to 1927, and some 26 films. He had curly hair and this led him to play even the roles of young girls. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, (some sources say St. Louis, Missouri, was his birth location) to C.J. Wilkinson and the actress and Mack Sennett bathing beauty Dorothy Dorr Wilkinson on December 14, 1916. The family later lived in St. Louis, Missouri, for a time and then moved to Los Angeles, California, when he was still a toddler. He made his actual film debut in the dramatic film "The Forbidden Thing" (1920), which was directed by Allan Dwan and in the film also starred the likes of James Kirkwood, King Baggot, Helen Jerome Eddy, and Gertrude Claire. Besides, "The Forbidden Thing" (1920), and "The Magic Garden" (1927), his other films include, "The Trigger Trail" (1921), "The Hick" (1921), "The Tomboy" (1921), "Through The Back Door" (1921), "The Outlaw" (1921), "The Bell Hop" (1921), "The Whirlwind" (1922), "Nobody's Baby" (1922), "Love Is An Awful Thing" (1922), "The Impossible Mrs. Belew" (1922), "Young Sherlocks" (1922), "Desert Rider" (1923), "The Temple Of Venus" (1923), "Ladies To Board" (1924), "Trouble Brewing" (1922), "Girl Shy" (1924), "The Sea Hawk" (1924), "Her Marriage Vow" (1924), "The Man Who Came Back" (1924), "Honor Among Men" (1924), "Butterfly" (1924), "Fast Company" (1924), and "The Red Mill" (1927). His last film role was an uncredited bit part in director Sidney Franklin's comedic romance drama "Quality Street" (1927), which also starred Marion Davies and Conrad Nagel. He retired from acting shortly thereafter at eleven years old. Following his retirement from acting, he went to school and attended the Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, California. His high school yearbook of 1932 notes that his aspiration was to be the Chief of Police. Following his education, he worked as a manufacturer, a police officer, and as a librarian in Los Angeles, California. On November 2, 1940, he married Elizabeth Estelle Rudd, and the couple would be together until he passed away on July 8, 1981. During World War II, he enlisted with the United States Navy on November 11, 1942, and served his country until he was released from active duty on November 29, 1945. He passed away from cancer at the Riverside Hospital in North Hollywood, California, on July 8, 1981. He was cremated through the Neptune Society at the Angeles Abbey Memorial Park in Compton, California, and his ashes are currently in an unknown location.

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