Dr Marc “The Walking Man” Abrams

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Dr Marc “The Walking Man” Abrams

  • Birth 19 Aug 1951 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 21 Jul 2010 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 66032030

Dr. Abrams was a near-daily pedestrian in the Silver Lake area for decades, his often-shirtless, leathery torso tilted forward, eyes on a neatly folded newspaper. The foot traffic and small-town currents of Silver Lake provided him a rare audience amid a city known for mostly empty sidewalks.

Dr. Abrams lived next to the reservoir with his wife, who worked with him in his medical office. Before he closed his North Hollywood practice, Dr. Abrams saw most of his patients in the evenings, sometimes as late as 11 o'clock.

From songfacts.com:

The song [Fitz and the Tantrums' "The Walker"] immortalizes the late Dr. Marc Abrams, who famously could be seen walking every day on the East Side of LA and passed away on July 21, 2010. [Bandleader] Fitzpatrick explained he was known around Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood for, "speedwalking around in little short shorts, no shirt on, leather-tanned skin with a newspaper, morning, noon and night."

"I never knew when the guy practiced medicine because all I ever saw was him walking around, every day," Fitzpatrick added. "So we took him as our hero character for the song to explore the idea of just what people's perceptions of someone can be and just having the courage to walk to the beat of your own drum..."


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  • Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 23 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66032030
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Marc “The Walking Man” Abrams (19 Aug 1951–21 Jul 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66032030, citing Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47444918) .