Walker Edmiston (February 6, 1926 – February 15, 2007) was an American actor and voice actor.[1]

Walker Edmiston
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Born(1926-02-06)February 6, 1926
DiedFebruary 15, 2007(2007-02-15) (aged 81)
Other namesWalter Edmiston
OccupationActor, voice actor
Evelyn Edmiston
(m. 1950; died 1998)


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Edmiston appeared on various television programs in character roles during the 1950s–1970s, such as Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Knots Landing, and The Dukes of Hazzard. He also played a character based on "Chester" in "Gun-Shy," the famous Maverick parody of Gunsmoke starring James Garner. In 1966, Edmiston had a recurring role as Regan in the short-lived ABC comedy western series, The Rounders with co-stars Ron Hayes, Patrick Wayne, and Chill Wills.

Edmiston also did many television commercials and cartoon character voices, such as "Ernie the Keebler Elf" in hundreds of commercials for the cookie products of the Keebler Company, and voices for characters on H.R. Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos from the studios of Sid and Marty Krofft,[1] as well as a recurring role as Enik the Altrusian on that studio's Land of the Lost. He also did many character voices on the Focus on the Family radio program, Adventures in Odyssey, in which he played the beloved Tom Riley and the infamous Bart Rathbone (and numerous other one-shot characters), for more than twenty years. At times the two characters would argue; however, Edmiston would require little redubbing or editing. He simply switched between the two characters without pause. After his death in 2007, the character of Riley was retired from the show, while Rathbone would make one more appearance (voiced by Robert Easton) before subsequently being written out as well.

Some of his voice credits were under the stage name Walter Edmiston. In 1985, he also voiced the Autobot Inferno in The Transformers.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he hosted The Walker Edmiston Show, a children's television program in Los Angeles, California. The program featured puppets of his own creation including "Webster Webfoot," "Kingsley the Lion" and "Ravenswood the Buzzard."


Edmiston died from cancer in Woodland Hills, California on February 15, 2007. He had two daughters, Andria Edmiston (1956-1987) and Erin Edmiston.[1]

He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.



  1. ^ a b c "Walker Edmiston". Indiana Gazette. February 28, 2007. p. 4. Retrieved May 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  

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