Actor Jeremy Ambler, who played a “walker” on the hit-AMC television show “The Walking Dead," set up a table at Tracy's Country Flea Market Thursday and Friday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Actor Jeremy Ambler, who played a “walker” on the hit-AMC television show “The Walking Dead," set up a table at Tracy's Country Flea Market Thursday and Friday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – When it comes to yard sales, Van Wert is often known as the “hot spot” as two of the biggest sales of the year fall on back-to-back weekends. This weekend’s U.S. 127 sale has brought people from all over the United States into the area. One of those people on Thursday and Friday was actor Jeremy Ambler who played a “walker” on the hit-AMC television show “The Walking Dead.”

Ambler set up a booth at Tracy’s Country Flea Market late this week to sign autographs and sell “The Walking Dead” merchandise. He portrayed a “walker” (another term for a zombie) in Season 2, episodes one and 13. In episode 13 his character was shot in the head on the farm by Jimmy before he was eaten.

“I got to work with all of the original cast members before everybody was killed off,” said Ambler. “I was co-leader of the highway walkers when everybody is hiding underneath the cars right before Sophia goes missing.”

Around the time he was working on another project, Ambler heard that a casting company was looking for people to play zombies in an unknown show at the time called “The Walking Dead.”

“At the time, I didn’t really know what it was really about other than it was a zombie show and that it was based on a comic book,” said Ambler. “When the first season came around I was working on something else.”

With a clearer schedule, Ambler submitted himself for a part as a zombie during casting of Season 2; he was picked and had to attend “Zombie School,” a zombie training course created by executive producer and effects guru Greg Nicotero.

At Zombie School, actors are rated on a scale from one to five based on how well they perform as a zombie; they go through training to prefect the zombie look and walk.

Ambler, a West Virginia native, had wanted to be an actor his entire life. He said his major influences came from classic monster movies like Dracula.

“I would always look at the makeup and think, ‘I’d like to do that just to see what it’s all about,’” he said.

Becoming a walker on "The Walking Dead" takes a lot of time and patience; it takes over two hours to apply the make-up and prosthetics and just as long to remove.

“It’s definitely big a difference, a big experience, not being a part of anything and just walking in and being able to do that and be a part of that,” said Ambler of working as a walker on "The Walking Dead." “I’ve tried to work my way up to more featured stuff, more speaking stuff.”

Ambler was invited to Van Wert's portion of the U.S. 127 sales by Delphos local Adam Fuerst who is a collector and hosts toy and collector shows periodically in Delphos. Ambler will return to the area on Oct. 27 for the Northwest Ohio Collect-A-Con at the Delphos Eagles Hall. Admission to that event will be $2; kids 12 and under get in free.

In addition to “The Walking Dead,” Ambler was cast in “The Dukes of Hazard” remake, “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” “Killing Lincoln,” and more. Recently he portrayed a ghost in the Netflix hit “The Haunting of Hill House.”