Actor David Walton was never quite sure what he did for a living. After all, he’d starred in several sitcoms and was viewed in Hollywood as a “romantic leading man,” but for a while he couldn’t get arrested if he panhandled on Sunset Boulevard.
“I started my part-timing right after I got ‘Cracking Up’ and that was hard because there’s this ego thing,” says Walton in the lobby lounge of a hotel here in Pasadena, California. “’I’m an actor now. I don’t need another job.’ People go, ‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘I’m an actor, a real actor. I don’t have to wait tables.’
“You say that enough because in that phase everyone says that. But what is the definition of an actor? … It was really a struggle to make a living as an actor. But I think that struggle oddly is what life’s all about, and the striving and all that stuff is important to experience, I think.”
While living in an 800 sq-ft apartment with a roommate in New York, he sold knives, catered parties and waited tables.
But the striving finally paid off 10 years later as Walton is starring in one of NBC’s brighter comedies, About a Boy, in which he plays the laidback neighbour of an uptight single mother. The comedy rolls when he begins to mentor her precocious son against her wishes — a modern take on the odd couple.
But when he was 25 Walton almost quit. “Right before 100 Questions I was training to make cold calls,” he nods.
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