Walter Baldwin was a prolific character actor whose career spanned five decades and 150 film and television roles, and numerous stage performances.\nBaldwin, who was born Walter S. Baldwin Jr. in Lima, Ohio from a theatrical family, served in the First World War.\nHe was probably best known for playing the father of the handicapped sailor in The Best Years of Our Lives. He was the first actor to portray \"Floyd the Barber\" on The Andy Griffith Show.\nPrior to his first film roles in 1939, Baldwin had appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. He played Whit in the first Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, and also appeared in the original Grand Hotel in a small role, as well as serving as the production's stage manager. He originated the role of Bensinger, the prissy Chicago Tribune reporter, in the Broadway production of The Front Page.\nIn the 1960s he had small acting roles in television shows such as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. He continued to act in motion pictures, and one of his last roles was in Rosemary's Baby.\nBaldwin was known for playing solid middle class burghers, although sometimes he gave portrayals of eccentric characters.