Yesterday, I happened to catch the beginning of one of my favorite war movies – The Dirty Dozen. One of the prisoners, Posey, stands out because of his soft spoken nature and the fact that he is six foot six inches tall and very muscular. The character Posey, was played by Clint Walker.
Norman Eugene “Clint” Walker was born on May 30, 1927 in Hartford, Illinois and has a twin sister. He is one-quarter Cherokee Indian. He had many jobs at a young age including working in a factory and on a river boat. At 17 he joined the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war, he worked odd jobs in Texas, Las Vegas and California. In California, several actors encouraged him to get into the movie business because of his good looks and stature. He was hired by Cecil B. DeMille to play a guard in The Ten Commandments. Warner Brothers then hired him as the lead in the television series Cheyenne. The series lasted for eight seasons.
After the series, Walker appeared in a number of movies, including The Dirty Dozen. In the 1970s he appeared in a number of western television shows and in 1998 he was the voice of Nick Nitro in the film Small Soldiers.
In 1974, Walker had a freak skiing accident and was pierced in the heart by a ski pole. He eventually recovered.
He has been married three time. First to Verna Garver in 1948, they divorced in 1968 and had one daughter. Then to Giselle Hennessy who is married in 1974. She passed away in 1994. He is currently married to Susan Cavallari.