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Celebrating the Life of Walker Edmiston – with actors’ stories, clips and more

March 21st, 2007

Actor Walker Edmiston (1926-2007) has performed as “Tom Riley” and dozens of characters since ‘Adventures in Odyssey’ began. Tune in as Steve Burns, Chris Anthony, Katie Leigh, Paul McCusker and others remember their dear friend.

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Podcast Links

  • The Lost Episodes features the cast and producers’ tribute to the late Hal Smith, original voice of Whit
  • Tom Riley and Bart Rathbone (both Walker!) ran against each other to be Mayor of Odyssey, in The Changing Times (Audio Drama Series #22).
  • Portions of this podcast are from Focus on the Family’s “Live at the 25!” show–get more actor Q&A in the bonus features of Just in Time (#9).
  • Walker performed what he called “One of the greatest scenes I ever did” in the episode “The Mortal Coil.” Join the adventure in Flights of Imagination (#16)
Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

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49 Comments on “Celebrating the Life of Walker Edmiston – with actors’ stories, clips and more”

  • PK on March 21st, 2009 - 11:27am


    A very touching podcast.I think I cried some.

  • Chels! on April 8th, 2009 - 7:09pm


    He was talented. The show will not be the same without him!!!

  • Julie on April 11th, 2009 - 7:36pm


    Walker was so talented and I’m sure we will all miss him greatly. A wonderful podcast.

  • Ethan on April 20th, 2009 - 1:39am


    he was so amassing i don’t think that the show will ever be the same with out him. i think that they should do an episode were tom dies it would be a sad show but i don’t think that there would be another actor who would ever be able to replace him. and Bart should move away his new voice just doesn’t cut it for me.

  • lacey on April 22nd, 2009 - 11:31am


    wonderful pictures! Walker Edmistom was amazing we will miss him greatly.

  • hannah on May 8th, 2009 - 6:58pm


    Walker was an amazing guy, I was so sad when I heard he died. We will miss his talent on Adventures in Odyssey.

  • Grant on May 16th, 2009 - 8:18am


    Walker’s death is truly the end of an era. He will be missed. His characters just are not the same without his voice. I’m really going to miss his talent.

  • Mercy on June 8th, 2009 - 5:05pm


    I cried for a really,really long time! AIO will miss you Walker!!!

  • Anonymous on June 15th, 2009 - 10:05pm


    aio will never EVER be the same i love you walker

  • noah on June 19th, 2009 - 6:35am


    Walker, you really have blessed Odyssey with your many voice talents, and you will be deeply missed. I am sad about Walker Edmiston, for he was an amazing character, and he was truly a great actor. ALso, the new voice of Bart (played by a friend of walker’s, heard in “suspicious finds”) just isn’t the same, and I think they should cut him from the show.

  • Mercy on June 23rd, 2009 - 10:09am


    not to be rude or anything but the new voice of Tom Riley/Bart Rathbone is really not that good, he doesn’t have the same amount of sparkle as Walker……

  • Lindsey S. on June 24th, 2009 - 12:22pm


    Same thing here, I will really miss Walker a lot. He played a fantastic Tom and Bart and I will always remember him. In a way, Odyssey won’t be the same without him. I also agree with everyone else, please find someone else to be Bart instead of the guy in album #50. No offence, but he doesn’t sound like Bart at all. But please keep trying, don’t get rid of Tom or Bart. They are two characters that make Odyssey, well, Odyssey.
    God bless you Walker, and say hi to Hal for me.

  • JED on June 30th, 2009 - 10:41am


    tom rocks

  • michelle on July 10th, 2009 - 11:47am


    oh! its so sad that walker died!

    you were a great charicter walker.

  • Mercy on July 10th, 2009 - 1:05pm


    thank you Lindsay S!
    I will never,ever forget you in a million years! God bless you!

  • j on July 26th, 2009 - 3:21pm


    walker edmiston has the best vous for tom

    sorry bad spelling

  • Mercy on August 3rd, 2009 - 10:16am


    good bye Walker!!!

  • Rachel on August 18th, 2009 - 10:33am


    It was a sad sad time!

  • maddie on August 23rd, 2009 - 7:48pm


    We will miss bart and tom!

  • sYDNI on September 28th, 2009 - 12:00pm


    I will miss tom and bart so much.

  • avery on December 22nd, 2009 - 1:42pm


    i love tom and bart

  • ILikeCheese! on February 2nd, 2010 - 3:59am


    I’m sure going to miss the guy. AT least he’s in a better place now.

    I wonder what they’ll do with the character?

  • Paige on February 7th, 2010 - 4:57pm


    Now I know why Bart and Tom sound different.

  • odysseyfreak on February 9th, 2010 - 8:46am


    that’s awesome! walker edmondston sounds like he was a really nice guy, i wish i could have met him. how do you interupt yourself, though?

  • Beth on February 12th, 2010 - 3:05pm


    I am so sad! The part where he said “This is Tom signing off now”, almost made me cry! Thank you for this podcast! I am going to miss him! 🙁

  • Blank on February 19th, 2010 - 8:11pm


    Yeah, he was an amazing actor! It’s so sad that he passed away 🙁 Well, he’s in a much better place now.
    That’s a happy thought: I love how he said ” It’s there in the tunnel, you have to have the wolf”. He was an amazing guy. Just think, we’ll meet him when we move into eternity.

  • Georgie on March 17th, 2010 - 1:26am


    “This is Tom, signing off.” I cried when I heard that. He was a wonderful man and actor.

  • Bailey on April 4th, 2010 - 8:35am


    It is so sad!:(
    He was a really good man and actor.
    We love him so much.
    And it makes me cry but I know that Jesus had something better for him.
    Tom was like my grandpa.

  • Princess on April 11th, 2010 - 5:12pm


    I am so so sad.
    I cried and cried.
    The new actor for Bart is not the same.
    Walker has gone to be with the Lord, so I am a little comforted.
    Walker was such a good man.
    I love the part in the Mortal Coil where Tom says “death is the passage way to be with our Lord. It’s not a door we should pass through unless God says it’s time to go,thats the glory and mystery of it.” Thats so so true.
    We will miss you, Tom.
    May God richly bless all of you in Focus on the Family.
    -Priscilla R.

  • Franklin on April 11th, 2010 - 8:52pm


    Thats so sad. I love all the shows that Tom did. Its sad I liked Walker. Im so sad about it. Walker was so good at it. I love how Walker did all the shows, no one can play it the same, odyssey is not going to be the same, keep up the great work.

  • quincie on April 27th, 2010 - 8:30am


    im so sad i loved tom and bart the show will never be the same he was such a wonderful guy and wheater he knew it or not he changed my life and his reward is in heaven rest in peace mr. walker edmiston

  • Bridget on May 2nd, 2010 - 9:36pm


    It takes a really special person, for real, to make a really great actor, for pretend. A radiant personality can’t be faked. Thank you Mr. Edmiston.

  • aMAnda on May 5th, 2010 - 2:06pm


    We miss him!Neither characters will ever be the same I will miss them too!

  • Joanna on July 10th, 2010 - 1:04pm


    As much as I’d like to hear new episodes, I find I’m enjoying the classic Odyssey because of Tom and Bart. Especially Bart, who sounded like his ‘Seymore’ character on H.R. PufnStuf.(1970) It drove me NUTS, trying to figure out why I thought I heard Bart Rathbone’s voice somewhere else! I only wish I’d figured it out some time beforehand. I would have loved to reminisce about Walker’s Krofft days.

    Thanks for posting this clip!

  • Bookworm on August 5th, 2010 - 7:59pm


    I felt like crying when I heard this podcast. At least Mr. Edmiston is in Heaven now.

  • deanna on August 12th, 2010 - 9:44am


    Great podcast! Walker truly was a great character on Odyssey. I really liked that conversation between Tom and Bart! Using light bulbs for Christmas tree decorations! HA!

  • Evh on February 10th, 2011 - 1:45pm


    See you in heaven mr. Edmiston!! You had a great voice!!!

    Love you!

    Love in christ,
    Emma Holbert 🙁

  • hannah on March 12th, 2011 - 10:42am


    he was a great person on odyssey and he was one out of 3 characters of odyssey that was one favorite and it won’t be the same without him on the show and he really made a difference in the whole show he was the first one i picked as one of my favorite characters. he was honestly the best character.

  • lIZZY on October 6th, 2011 - 5:40pm


    I loved Tom Riley and the show will never be the same without him.:-(

  • nathan on March 17th, 2012 - 1:06pm


    We’ll all miss him. And his adventures will live on. He was all of my friends favorite Adventures in odyssey person.

  • Joey on January 25th, 2013 - 7:32pm


    I don’t really appreciate the way that the writers dealt with Mr. Edmiston’s death. Tom Riley disappearing off the face of the show was not the best way. He was Mr. Whittaker’s best friend, the person he went to for advice; now Whit is some sort of all-knowing power figure. This is not a good thing to portray to children.

  • Melerandil on April 23rd, 2013 - 11:58am


    I’m really gonna miss Walker’s voice. 🙁

  • Legodude on May 26th, 2013 - 4:19pm


    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! same here melerandil.

  • Hand on October 5th, 2013 - 6:29pm


    🙁 So sad 😥

  • odyssey on June 11th, 2014 - 2:20pm


    Sad! Even though it’s been a while it’s still sad!!

  • lillyrose on December 20th, 2014 - 1:59pm



  • R. Maxwell on March 7th, 2015 - 6:03pm


    This podcast is by far the saddest it is great that they made this for him though. Bart and Tom were two of the best characters. I liked the part when he did both characters in conversation. I will miss him ALOT. Odyssey won’t be the same without him. At least he will be in Heaven. So sad that Rathbones got to leave for good and that Tom’s got to go. You were a great actor Walker all of the Odyssey fans will miss you.

  • Anime lover on June 29th, 2015 - 12:34pm


    Honest. I’ve listened to AIO for as long as I can remember. I remember waking up at 6:50 on a sat. morning and go into my brothers room and listen to AIO. If anyone wants to know, there is an anime movie with Walker in it. Its caller Whisper of the Heart. he will be missed. Walker, say hi to hal and everyone there?

  • Gisela on April 23rd, 2016 - 4:03pm


    I’m SO sad he died!! On Volume 50, I found the hidden tribute to him. The license plate. WE2607. 🙂


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