Haunted by visions of the Silver Lake Walking Man

Doctor Marc Abrams, the legendary Silver Lake Walking Man, died six weeks ago in what was determined to be a suicide. But the years of seeing the very sun tanned Abrams walking the streets of Silver Lake – often while he was shirtless and reading a newspaper – has been stamped into the memory of many residents. Last week, Elizabeth Tobias of Echo Park was in West Hollywood when she caught sight of a familiar figure.  A thin, shirtless man wearing shorts walking briskly down La Cienega Boulevard reminded her of  The Walking Man. Tobias snapped the above photo above as the man walked away:

“I spotted this walker on La Cienega Blvd and the resemblance was UNCANNY- the shirtless tan, the stance, the posture and the SHORTS. He was walking fast, so I had to run after him to get my shot. I was in Maine when I read of his death and was stunned that he received so much media coverage. He was a fixture of the neighborhood and I still feel his friendly, slightly eerie presence when I walk around Silverlake.”

The 58-year-old Abrams, a doctor, died in the hot tub of his home while he was under investigation in connection with the overdose of one of his patients.

Photo by Elizabeth Tobias


  1. Yes, I still miss seeing him and find myself looking for him, too. I see that even Los Angeles magazine had a little “In Memoriam” tribute note to him. To those of us who have lived in Silver Lake for many years, I imagine we will always be looking for him….just around the corner. You put it well when you described it as a “slightly eerie presence”. This holds true particularly at night, because he used to always walk right in the street, and I found myself driving more carefully in the evening. Even now, I still do.

  2. I was driving through the neighborhood last weekend and stopped short because I thought I saw him, too. RIP, Dr.

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