The stars of the films riffed by Joel, Mike, and the Bots, that actually went on to have lucrative film careers (or actually had them before). Some of them may surprise you!
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ Grandfather from "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders" ” - geeksterwife
Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother...
“ Charles Keith from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
“ Albert from "City Limits" ” - geeksterwife
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Genius from "Village of the Giants" ” - geeksterwife
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM...
“ Maggie Grayson from "City on Fire" ” - geeksterwife
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Fu Manchu from "The Castle of Fu-Manchu" ” - geeksterwife
Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Arness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood...
“ Dr. Ed Wainwright from "Beginning of the End", Dr. Paul Nelson from "It Conquered the World", Paul Whitley from "SST:Death Flight", Jeff Knight from "The Clonus Horror", & Narrator of USAF Briefing Film (uncredited) from "Attack of the the Eye Creatures" ” - geeksterwife
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ Jody Dvorak from "Kitten With A Whip" ” - geeksterwife
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose
's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also worked for cartoonist Gus Edson
on "The Gumps" comic strip...
“ Commander John Koenig from "Cosmic Princess" ” - geeksterwife
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Jennings - Lab Technician (uncredited) from "Revenge of the Creature" ” - geeksterwife
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ Mayor William Dudley from "City on Fire" ” - geeksterwife
Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia...
“ David from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
He breathed life into Batman. Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson and his wife Audrey. At age 10 Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man (a la Count Dracula) and part world's greatest detective (a la Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes)...
“ Capt. Tom Churchman from "Zombie Nightmare" ” - geeksterwife
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, where Basil and his two younger siblings...
“ Lodac from "The Magic Sword" ” - geeksterwife
Pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as lethal "fists for hire" trouble shooter, Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi, starring in the phenomenally popular and ultra violent "The Street Fighter" series of action films. Sonny Chiba wasn't a graceful, fluid fighter like screen icon Bruce Lee
“ Tachibana - Scientist / Space Chief from "Invasion of the Neptune Men" ” - geeksterwife
Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I.
. Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate investor and executive...
“ Jim McCauley from "Superdome" ” - geeksterwife
Lon Chaney Jr.
American character actor whose career was influenced (and often overshadowed) by that of his father, silent film star Lon Chaney
. The younger Chaney was born while his parents were on a theatrical tour, and he joined them onstage for the first time at the age of six months. However, as a young man...
“ The Butcher - Charles Benton from "Indestructible Man" ” - geeksterwife
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Buzz Lloyd from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
John Forysthe was born Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, the son of Blanche Materson (Blohm) and Samuel Jeremiah Freund, a Wall Street businessman. He chose to pursue acting over the objections of his father. He did some work in radio soaps and on Broadway before signing a movie contract with Warner Bros...
“ David Stratton from "Kitten With A Whip" ” - geeksterwife
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
“ Kobras from "The Pumaman" & Prossor from "Warrior of the Lost World" ” - geeksterwife
TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later...
“ Harry Carter from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
“ Wickings from "City Limits" ” - geeksterwife
Beaumont began his career in show business by perfoming in theatres, nightclubs, and on the radio in 1931. He attended the University of Chattanooga, but left when his position on the football team was changed. He later attended the University of Southern California, and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1946...
“ Robert Phillips from "Lost Continent", Dr. Jud Bellamin from "The Mole People", & Austin Welles from "The Human Duplicators" ” - geeksterwife
Tall, suave and sophisticated Cesar Romero actually had two claims to fame in Hollywood. To one generation, he was the distinguished Latin lover of numerous musicals and romantic comedies, and the rogue bandit The Cisco Kid in a string of low-budget westerns. However, to a younger generation weaned on television...
“ Maj. Joe Nolan from "Lost Continent" ” - geeksterwife
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Fire Chief Albert Risley from "City on Fire" ” - geeksterwife
Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino
/ Ramon Novarro
"Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority actors of his time...
“ Claudius (voice uncredited) from "Hamlet" ” - geeksterwife
Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges
and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Bridges
. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind
“ Fred from "Village of The Giants" ” - geeksterwife
Tia Carrere was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer. Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson at age ten)...
“ Amy from "Zombie Nightmare" ” - geeksterwife
Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey. When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, and his athletic skills earned him a scholarship to USC...
“ Tony Rivers from "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" ” - geeksterwife
“ Wamthool from "Quest of the Delta Knights" ” - geeksterwife
“ Johnny Randall from "Bloodlust!" & Captain Jim Walsh from "SST:Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
“ Silver Morgan from "Girls Town", & Penny Lowe from "Untamed Youth" ” - geeksterwife
Joe Don Baker
Tall, broad shouldered character actor with Texan drawl first appeared in support in several Western vehicles both on TV and the cinema in the mid 1960s. Got himself noticed playing Steve McQueen's younger brother in Junior Bonner
, and then scored the lead role of Buford Pusser (!) in the unexpected hit Walking Tall
“ Mitchell from "Mitchell", & Deputy Sheriff Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III from "Final Justice" ” - geeksterwife
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He has described his childhood as "messy". His father changed jobs often and moved from town to town. David attended eight schools and "failed his exams at all of them". His parents separated when he was a teenager and he only saw his mother again seven years later...
“ Lord Vultare / Baydool / Narrator from "Quest of the Delta Knights" ” - geeksterwife
The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California towns...
“ Col. Floyd Graham from "Rocketship X-M", & Jim Conrad from "San Francisco International" ” - geeksterwife
It's ironic that Martin Landau
won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood
) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
“ Dr. George Lorenz from "The Corpse Vanishes", Dr. Eric Vornoff from "Bride of the Monster", & Dr. Alex Zorka / Dr. Zane from "The Phantom Creeps" ” - geeksterwife
Tor was a big guy, with a big heart. Tor Johnson was born October 19, 1903, in Sweden. Most of his adult life, he was a professional wrestler. Tor started appearing (uncredited, or bit parts) in movies as early as 1934. He was in 31 movies, usually as "Weightlifter" or "Strongman." Later, he got larger roles with character names...
“ Joseph Javorsky/The Beast from "The Beast of Yucca Flats", Lobo from "Bride of the Monster", & "Lobo II" from "The Unearthly" ” - geeksterwife
George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse...
“ Mike Patton from "Jungle Goddess" ” - geeksterwife
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard
and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ Inspector Ginko from "Diabolik" ” - geeksterwife
“ Franklyn Hart from "The Last Chase" ” - geeksterwife
At age 15, when most young women are nurturing dreams of romance, Olivia Hussey was giving life to Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli
's Romeo and Juliet
. Her performance in one of the most celebrated roles ever written in the English language won her the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscar equivalent), an incredible achievement for an actress in only her third film...
“ The Mannerjay from "Quest of the Delta Knights" ” - geeksterwife
Alan Hale Jr.
The son of the great character actor (and Errol Flynn
sidekick) Alan Hale
, Alan Hale Jr. (he dropped the Jr. after his father passed away) was literally born into the movies. Hale did his first movie as a baby and continued to act until his death. Unlike other child actors, Hale made a smooth transition in the movies and starred in several classics like Up Periscope
“ Manny from "Angels' Revenge", Sheriff Townsend from "The Crawling Hand", & The Sheriff from "The Giant Spider Invasion" ” - geeksterwife
Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active in student dramatics...
“ Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine from "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" ” - geeksterwife
A professional singer at the age of three, Mel Torme was a genuine musical prodigy. As a teenager, he played the drums in Chico Marx
's band and earned the nickname "The Velvet Fog" because of his smooth, mellow tenor voice. In the 1940s, he formed his own group, the Mel-Tones, one of the first jazz-influenced vocal groups...
“ Fred Alger from "Girls Town" ” - geeksterwife
“ Young Creature from "Boggy Creek II" ” - geeksterwife
Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade...
“ Cmdr. Lindsey March from "Angels' Revenge" ” - geeksterwife
Towering 7' 2" tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains! Kiel worked in numerous jobs including as a night club bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s / early 1960s...
“ The Solarite from "The Phantom Planet", Eegah from "Eegah", & Dr. Kolos from "The Human Duplicators" ” - geeksterwife
“ Wanda Saknussemm from "Alien from LA" ” - geeksterwife
Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney
's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and generally gives an added zest to any production he is associated with...
“ The Imp from "The Undead" ” - geeksterwife
Irish-born Dan O'Herlihy decided not to follow in his father's footsteps, forsaking the life of an architect in favour of the acting profession. The tall, distinguished-looking university graduate boasted a rich, resonant voice, which enabled him to easily find work in radio plays, as well on the stage...
“ Mr. Ohman from "Invasion USA" ” - geeksterwife
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Nurse Andrea Harper from "City on Fire" ” - geeksterwife
Canadian-born Paul Anka first achieved success in the 1950s as a teenage singing star (and, for the times, an unusual one in that he wrote many of his own songs). Although he appeared in several films, and was quite believable as a nervous, hyper young soldier in The Longest Day
(for which he also composed the theme music)...
“ Jimmy Parlow from "Girls Town" ” - geeksterwife
Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie
. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A veteran of numerous Broadway shows...
“ Gen. 'Pappy' Greene from "Project Moonbase" ” - geeksterwife
One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson
“ Captain J.G. Williams from "The Last Chase", & Willy Basset from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
“ Nick, The Blackmailer from "Tormented" & The Sheriff from "Village of the Giants" ” - geeksterwife
“ Greta from "Mitchell" ” - geeksterwife
Richard J.Butkus "Dick", was born in Chicago, Illinois, December 9, 1942. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a two time All- American line backer. A first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Dick played for them from 1965-1973, and was named All-Pro linebacker seven times. Mr...
“ Scott Hennerson from "Superdome" ” - geeksterwife
Richard Donald Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, into a modest-income family, the only child of Edith J. (Pollette) and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where Richard and his family resided...
“ Jim Pruett from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
“ Froggy from "Laserblast" ” - geeksterwife
Toni Basil began her career as a dancer and assistant choreographer, working on such shows as Hullabaloo
choreographed by David Winters. Later, she choreographed the hit film American Graffiti
and also began appearing in films, including the now-classic Easy Rider
. After several films, she launched her music career with her first album...
“ Red from "Village of the Giants" ” - geeksterwife
“ Mick from "Squirm" ” - geeksterwife
Joe Estevez' first time on the stage was as a 6-year-old playing the "Evil Inn Keeper" in a Christmas Nativity play, and as an actor he has never looked back. Born the last of ten children to an Irish immigrant mother and a Spanish immigrant father, Joe was raised in Dayton Ohio to be a factory worker but he had other plans for himself...
“ The Man / Soultaker from "Soultaker" & Joel from "Werewolf" ” - geeksterwife
“ Max Keller from "Master Ninja I & II" ” - geeksterwife
Raised in Dallas, Texas, James Hampton attended John H. Reagan Elementary, N.R. Crozier Technical High School and the University of North Texas (Theatre Arts Major). He studied acting with Michael Howard in New York and Leonard Nimoy
in Los Angeles. He worked with Baruch Lumet
at Knox Street Theatre in Dallas and did summer stock at Casa Manana in Fort Worth (1961)...
“ Lew Price from "Hagar 18" ” - geeksterwife
The son of Edwin Schallert
, drama editor of the "Los Angeles Times" and the dean of West Coast critics, William Schallert became interested in an acting career while at UCLA in 1942. After graduation, he became involved with the Circle Theater (eventually becoming one of its owners) and made his film debut in The Foxes of Harrow
“ Marshal Scott Hood from "Gunslinger" & Professor Mills from "Hangar 18" ” - geeksterwife
Gary Lockwood was born in Van Nuys, California. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles on a football scholarship. He began his career as a movie stuntman, and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins
, prior to his acting debut in 1959 in an uncredited bit role in Warlock
. He also appeared as a police officer in The Case of the Romantic Rogue
“ Sir George from "The Magic Sword" ” - geeksterwife
“ Horsey from "Village of the Giants" & Ken Brewster from "The Space Children" ” - geeksterwife
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You
and George Cukor
's A Star Is Born
. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
“ Walter Deaney from "Mitchell" ” - geeksterwife
Even though Sarah Douglas was born and raised in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and knew that she wanted to act, she did try to expand options available to her. She worked in a factory and for a time, also in a sterilizing department of a hospital. She briefly moved to France and also undertook a teacher training course in English and Drama...
“ Madam Maaydeed from "Quest of the Delta Knights" ” - geeksterwife
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings
, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier
and Marcello Mastroianni
“ Hamlet from "Hamlet" ” - geeksterwife
A familiar face on both the big and small screen, comic character actor Stuart Pankin is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO's award-winning series "Not Necessarily The News." He is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning "Dinosaurs." (He sang on...
“ Sam Tate from "Hangar 18" ” - geeksterwife
American cowboy and actor Slim Whitaker was working the rodeo circuit at age 17, eventually becoming a cowhand on the Chowchilla Ranch in central California. In 1912 he was hired as a riding extra and stunt man by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
for westerns being filmed in Niles Canyon, CA. During the silent era his peers were Hal Taliaferro
“ Officer Dugan from "The Mad Monster" ” - geeksterwife
Henry Silva was born on September 15, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City. He quit public school to attend drama classes at age 13, supporting himself as a dishwasher in a Manhattan hotel. By 1955, Silva had moved up from dishwasher to waiter, and felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio. He was one of five students chosen out of more than 2500 applicants...
“ Floyd Wrangler from "Escape 2000" ” - geeksterwife
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ Celia Pruett from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is best known for his work in television...
“ Jimbo from "City on Fire", & Clayton Stone from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family
, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy
and Glynis Johns
“ Doctor Mellon from "Laserblast" ” - geeksterwife
“ Mr. Keitel from "The Touch of Satan", Kester from "The Giant Spider Invasion", & Lieutenant George Lee 'Phones' Sheridan from "Invaders from the Deep" ” - geeksterwife
Born on August 26, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, Yvette Vickers majored in picture and theatre arts at UCLA for three years. On a trip to New York in the mid-1950s, she was cast as the White Rain Girl in commercials. She returned to the West Coast, working in various television series until she debuted in her first movie...
“ Liz Walker from "Attack of the Giant Leeches" ” - geeksterwife
“ Ramos from "City Limits" ” - geeksterwife
John de Lancie
John de Lancie was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Kent State University where he won a scholarship to Juilliard. John's father was a professional oboist with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. de Lancie is probably best known for his portrayal as Eugene Bradford on Days of Our Lives
and the iconic, all-powerful Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation
“ Bob Connors from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1927...
“ Mr. Wilson from "Red Zone Cuba" & Dr. Charles Conway from "The Unearthly" ” - geeksterwife
Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie job by trading his accounting services for a role...
“ Jesse from "The Girl in Lovers Lane" ” - geeksterwife
“ Sarah Michaels from "Hangar 18" ” - geeksterwife
With a singularly nebulous background, which, by his account, included stints as a Las Vegas nightclub emcee, radio personality and jewelry tycoon, and with comparatively little acting experience, Gianni Russo won the role of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather
on the basis of his screen test. Since then...
“ Tony Craig from "Laserblast" ” - geeksterwife
M. Emmet Walsh
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s. Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh...
“ Whitley from "Superdome" ” - geeksterwife
Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States and worked in Texas and Montana as a translator...
“ Ernest Graeber from "Code Name: Diamond Head" ” - geeksterwife
Harold J. Stone
Never a big name but always a reliable staple on TV crime shows during the 1960s and 1970s, Harold J. Stone usually was seen in a strong, unsympathetic vein -- an unyielding father or husband, corrupt businessman, menacing crime figure, etc. A sober-looking gent with a block jaw, Romanesque-styled nose and steely gray-black hair, he was also prone to playing ethnic types of varying origins...
“ Tony Gallano from "Mitchell" ” - geeksterwife
Van Johnson was the well-mannered nice guy on screen you wanted your daughter to marry. This fair, freckled and invariably friendly-looking MGM song-and-dance star of the 40s emerged a box office favorite (1944-1946) and second only to heartthrob Frank Sinatra
during what gossipmonger Hedda Hopper
dubbed the "Bobby-Soxer Blitz" era...
“ Chip Green from "Superdome" ” - geeksterwife
Ray Barrett studied music and elocution and began acting at the age of eleven. He was the first actor put under contract by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Drama section. He worked for several years on radio in Sydney, before working successfully in Britain between 1958 and the mid-1970s, when he returned to Australia. He has received two AFI (Australian Film Industry) awards as an actor.
“ Commander Sam Shore from "Invaders from the Deep" ” - geeksterwife
Michael Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California, to Georgia Arlyn (née Money), a teacher, and Bearl Branton Murphy, a salesman. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, Murphy attended the University of Arizona, Tuscon, and then went to U.C.L.A. to get his teaching credential. From 1962 to 1964, he taught high school English and drama in Los Angeles...
“ James R. Lesko from "Phase IV" ” - geeksterwife
A remarkably seasoned actor of stage, screen and television, Darren McGavin has notched in excess of 200 performances; however, he is most fondly remembered by cult TV fans as heroic newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in the classic but short-lived horror TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker
. In a long and varied career...
“ Harry Forbes from "Hangar 18" ” - geeksterwife
Lee Van Cleef
One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II...
“ John Peter McAllister from "Master Ninja I & II" & Dr. Tom Anderson from "It Conquered The World" ” - geeksterwife
Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in King Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent his formative years as an actor with Oxford Repertory and...
“ Elinu, the High Priest from "The Mole People" ” - geeksterwife
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit...
“ Mentor from "Cosmic Princess" ” - geeksterwife
“ Nancy Kingman from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife
“ Steve Benton from "Attack of the Giant Leeches" ” - geeksterwife
David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School...
“ Ted Dougherty from "Space Travelers" ” - geeksterwife
“ Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs from "Phase IV" ” - geeksterwife
Handsome and smooth natured leading man who often played oily individuals, Ray Danton was born in New York and dramatically trained at Carnegie Tech. First debuted on-screen as a moody Native American in Chief Crazy Horse
and regularly guest-starred in many 1950s TV shows including Playhouse 90
, Wagon Train
, and 77 Sunset Strip
“ Bryan Cooper / Super Dragon from "Secret Agent Super Dragon" ” - geeksterwife
Born of African and West Indian ancestry on July 2, 1927 in New York City, Brock Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age ten. A product of NYC's famed Music and Arts High School, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs as he worked his way up from Harlem poverty...
“ Dr. Ralph Therman from "SST: Death Flight" ” - geeksterwife