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|Known for:||Jeremiah Johnson, In Cold Blood, Salt of the Earth|
|Birth name:||William Auge Geer|
|Birthday:||9 March 1902, Frankfort, Indiana, USA|
|Height:||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
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TriviaFather of Kate Geer, Thad Geer, and Ellen Geer Member of Lambda Chi Alpha. His fervant, active interest in liberal politics resulted in his Hollywood blacklisting in 1951. He built the Will Geer Theatrical Botanicum during those hard times in order to find an acting haven for himself and his many blacklisted friends. Was a member of Orson Welles' and John Houseman's Project 891 theatre company...sponsored by the Federal Theatre Project. Claimed that he was cast as "Slim" in the Broadway play version of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men (1939)" by Steinbeck himself because he showed up to the audition in bluejeans and Steinbeck thought he looked the part. Steinbeck was sitting outside the stage door on a chair when he made the decision as Geer filed past him. Was briefly considered for the part of Amos McCoy for "The Real McCoys" when original choice, Walter Brennan was unavailable. However since show creator Irving Pincus created the part with Walter Brennan in mind, he decided to wait until Brennan was available.