His big break came courtesy of fellow Newton native and Brown graduate John Krasinski, who had yet to book his gig on NBC’s “The Office.” Krasinski called Walton to tell him about a casting director who was looking for an actor to replace Edward Furlong in the third installment of the “Terminator” franchise.
He went in for the “Terminator” audition and didn’t get it (Nick Stahl landed the role), but wound up being called into auditions the next day. Walton was also brought to Fox casting exec Marcia Shulman, who ended up giving him a $75,000 holding deal that led to a part on “Cracking Up,” a 2004 sitcom that starred Jason Schwartzman (Deschanel also guest-starred on an episode). Walton believes he charmed Shulman by delivering his knife salesman pitch.
“I sold her — I believe it was — the petite carver set. I think she got such a kick out of this actor selling her knives.”
After his “New Girl” run, Walton will focus on his next project, a comedy that he and his “Bent” producer Tad Quill sold to CBS last summer after a multi-network bidding war. The show will feature Walton as a bachelor firefighter in Los Angeles who winds up caring for a young girl. It looks promising.
No matter what happens, though, Walton’s dad, Jay, says his son can roll with it.
“He has six siblings. Everybody learned to share. He was a very good student. And I think most of his friends are very well-grounded,” he said. “We just hear it all the time, what a nice guy he is.”