Born in Colorado and raised in Oregon, actor Walter Sande was a music student from age six. He dropped out of college to organize his own band, then for many years served as musical director for the West Coast Fox Theater chain. In 1937, Sande entered films with a small role in Goldwyn Follies (1938). He fluctuated thereafter between bits in films like Citizen Kane (1941), in which he played one of the many reporters, and supporting roles in films like To Have and Have Not (1944), in which he portrayed the defaulting customer who is punched out by a boat-renting Humphrey Bogart. On television, Walter Sande played Horatio Bullwinkle on Tugboat Annie (1958) and Papa Holstrum on The Farmer's Daughter (1963-1966).
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Grew up in Oregon.
- Started studying music at age six.
- Had his own band when he was a young man.
- Moved to Hollywood in the 1920s.
- Worked for 20th Century-Fox's movie theater chain as a musical director.
- Appeared on popular crime and western shows during the 1950s and 1960s.