DISCOVER--fifteen superb guest star performances on The Time Tunnel

As well as being one of the most exciting and creative television adventure series ever made, The Time Tunnel was also a gift to actors, especially those TV players usually consigned to playing routine supporting roles as cops, cowboys, crooks, heavies, judges, and doctors etc. Some of television's busiest guest players found their most colorful roles in the Irwin Allen series, particularly this one, and given a chance to shine, responded by giving some of their most memorable performances.
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
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Congress has poured seven billion dollars into a large and deep hole in the ground - the home of Project TicToc and its revolutionary new technology... (60 mins.)
“ Michael Rennie as the Captain of the Titanic ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Day the Sky Fell In (1966)
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December 6, 1941: Dr. Tony Newman confronts his own past at Pearl Harbor and he wants to know what happened to his father. (60 mins.)
“ Linden Chiles as Tony's father ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Last Patrol (1966)
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In 1815 one of the final battles of the War of 1812 was fought near New Orleans, Lousiana. Doug and... (60 mins.)
“ Carroll O'Connor as Southall and his descendant ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Massacre (1966)
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Doug and Tony are transported to the summer of 1876 and witness soldiers slaughtered by Indians in the middle of the desert... (60 mins.)
“ Joe Maross as Custer ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Death Trap (1966)
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Doug and Tony are transported to February 1861 to a barn where a group of conspirators leaded by Jeremiah plots a plan to kill Abraham Lincoln... (60 mins.)
“ R.G. Armstrong as Abraham Lincoln ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Night of the Long Knives (1966)
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Doug and Tony land in nineteenth century Asia, meet Rudyard Kipling and become involved in the conflict between the British and local tribesman for control of the Khyber Pass. (60 mins.)
“ Brendan Dillon as Fettrech (honourable mention to Dayton Lummis as Gladstone) ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
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In thirteenth century England, Doug and Tony become involved with the Earl of Huntington otherwise known as the legendary Robin Hood and their efforts to get King John to sign the Magna Carta. (60 mins.)
“ John Crawford as King John (honourable mention to the entire cast of this one--the spirit of Errol Flynn is alive and well!) ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
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Doug and Tony are transported to a spacecraft with two weird aliens that intend to invade Earth to steal proteins for their dying planet... (60 mins.)
“ Byron Foulger as the town quisling ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Ghost of Nero (1967)
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During an encounter between the Germans and the Italians in World War I, Doug and Tony land in a villa that is haunted by the ghost of the Roman Emperor Nero. (60 mins.)
“ Eduardo Cianelli as Count Galba ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Billy the Kid (1967)
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Landing in 1881 New Mexico in the middle of a jailbreak of Billy the Kid, to defend Tony Doug shoots at Billy who escapes swearing to hunt down Doug... (60 mins.)
“ Robert Walker Jnr. as Billy (honourable mention to the great Harry Lauter as his stooge) ” - jonabbott56
 
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Doug and Tony have a run-in with pirates off the Barbary Coast in 1805 and help in the rescue of the nephew of the King of Spain assisted by American Naval officer Stephane Decatur. (60 mins.)
“ Victor Jory as Captain Beal ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Chase Through Time (1967)
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Doug and Tony are transported to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, in 1547. Meanwhile, the saboteur Raul Nimon kills Dr... (60 mins.)
“ Robert Duvall as Raoul Nimon ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Death Merchant (1967)
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Ending up on different sides just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, Doug and Tony must stop an attempt... (60 mins.)
“ Kevin Hagen as Maddox (honourable mention to John Crawford as the Major) ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Merlin the Magician (1967)
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Merlin the Magician pulls Tony and Doug from their journey through time and send them to help a young King Arthur fight an invasion of Vikings. (60 mins.)
“ Christopher Cary as Merlin ” - jonabbott56
 
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The Time Tunnel (1966 TV Series)
Episode: Raiders from Outer Space (1967)
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During the Battle of Khartoum in 1883, Tony and Doug stumble upon aliens who plan to conquer the Earth using missiles. The aliens also send a bomb through the Time Tunnel to prevent any interference with their plans. (60 mins.)
“ John Crawford as the British officer.


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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World, and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

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