Walter McGinn

Walter Vincent McGinn Jr. (July 6, 1936 – March 31, 1977) was an American actor. He was best known for playing Louis Howe in the critically acclaimed television film Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), for which he posthumously received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Some of his other notable film roles were in The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Bobby Deerfield (1977).

Walter McGinn
Walter Vincent McGinn Jr.

(1936-07-06)July 6, 1936
DiedMarch 31, 1977(1977-03-31) (aged 40)
EducationBoston University College of Fine Arts
Years active1963–1977
Robyn Goodman
(m. 1976; died 1977)

Early life and career

Born Walter Vincent McGinn Jr. in Providence, Rhode Island on July 6, 1936. He graduated with a B.A. from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. He was married to Robyn Goodman on May 2, 1976 until his death.

McGinn made his Off-Broadway debut in the 1963 production of the play The Winter's Tale at the Delacorte Theater and Broadway debut in the 1964 play The Subject Was Roses at the Helen Hayes Theater. He later appeared on both stage and screen.


McGinn died in a Los Angeles hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident on March 31, 1977.[1] He was 40 years old.



Year Title Role
1974 The Parallax View Jack Younger
1975 Farewell, My Lovely Tommy Ray
Three Days of the Condor Sam Barber
1977 Bobby Deerfield The Brother


Year Title Role Notes
1969 N.Y.P.D. Nick Gipetto Episode: "Everybody Loved Him"
1974 Harry O Eric Press Episode: "Mortal Sin"
Kojak Martin Bronson Episode: "The Best Judge Money Can Buy"
1975 Lincoln Stephen Douglas Episode: "Prairie Lawyer"
Delancey Street: The Crisis Within John McCann Television film
The Night That Panicked America Paul Stewart
Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case F. Lee Bailey
Medical Center Eddie Lathem Episode: "Gift from a Killer"
1976 Serpico David Doyle Episode: "The Deadly Game"
Kojak Len Gittings Episode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"
Serpico Vince Cipolla Episode: "Trumpet of Time"
1977 Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Louis Howe Television film
The Deadliest Season Horace Meade
Kill Me If You Can J. Miller Leavy

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1972 17th Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Performance
That Championship Season
1977 29th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years


  1. Flint, Peter B. (April 1, 1977). "Walter McGinn, Actor, Is Killed In Auto Crash". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
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