Mr. Dolphus Raymond, and more


By Max R. Weller

My favorite minor character in Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — a man I made an obscure reference to in a previous post — is Dolphus Raymond. He’s the fictional small town of Maycomb, AL’s eccentric, a role he accepts with some reservations, as you can see by reading the end of Chapter 19 and the first part of Chapter 20. I’d forgotten that it was Dill, not Scout, who discovered Mr. Raymond’s fondness for Coke in a bottle . . .

Who is this actor? He looks familiar, but I can’t find the name in any listing of the cast for the “To Kill a Mockingbird” movie.

As I said before, if I should ever return to the old hometown of Lexington, MO I think I’d become a character sitting in front of the old courthouse there, taking an occasional swig from a bottle concealed inside a brown paper bag — and never letting on that it’s a bottle of Coke, not booze.

Close, but no cigar for the KC Royals in the World Series.

Read Boulder County to add GOP election judges in the Times-Call. Well, it’s another election so naturally that means another screwup by Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, she of the degree in Culinary Arts. What an imbecile!

Tonight at my campsite: roadkill surprise.

Addendum 10/31/2014: It’s William Windom, who played the prosecutor in the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — and now I’m wondering if the character of Dolphus Raymond was written out of the screenplay. Anybody know?

2 thoughts on “Mr. Dolphus Raymond, and more

  1. Renee Thompson

    Max, Mr. Gilmer, DA, was played by William Windom. Do remember that show “My World and Welcome to It” on TV when we were kids? He was in that, too.

    1. homelessphilosopher Post author

      I remembered William Windom after posting this, because I also remembered a TV series from the ’60s he was in along with Swedish actress Inger Stevens (“The Farmer’s Daughter”).

      What’s driving me crazy is whether or not the Dolphus Raymond character was in the movie version of “Mockingbird” at all, and if so who played the role?


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