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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1904: Edgar G. Ulmer, director of the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1910: John Dodsworth, who played a priest in the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1910: Pascual Garcia Peña, who played Jose de la Cruz in the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION and played Pancho in the movie in episode 1105- THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN.**
1913: Emile Lavigne, make-up artist for the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET and also WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1917: Ib Melchior author of the screenplay in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS and who directed and wrote the screenplay and the original story for the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELERS.
1928: Roddy McDowall, who played Dr. Mellon in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
1930: Hardy Rafn, who had an uncredited role in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1934: Lugene Sanders, who played Meg Hubbard in the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1964: Pat Dinga (age 51), who did special effects for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
1966: Larry Butterworth (age 46), make-up artist for the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
1984: Richard Basehart (age 70), who was mentioned in many host segments. (Shh! Don’t tell Gypsy!)
1989: Leo S. Rosencrans (age 93), screenwriter of the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1993: James Griffith (age 77), who played Ken in the movie in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and Major Paul Krenner in the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1993: Willie Mosconi (age 80), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.
1995: Grady Sutton (age 89), who played Curly in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1997: Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton (age 84), who was impersonated in host segments in episode 303- POD PEOPLE and in episode 422- DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1997: Brian Hall (age 59; pancreatic cancer) who played Schwartz in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.
2001: Barbara Drew (age 85), who played Mrs. Packard in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
2009: Dick Durock (age 72), who played Jerry in the episode entitled “Out-of-Time Step,” which would later be incorporated into episode 322- MASTER NINJA I. He also did utility stunts for that movie.
2019: Cokie Roberts (age 75), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1994: Episode 606- THE CREEPING TERROR first seen (as some 2,000 MSTies from around the nation are encamped in Bloomington, Minn., for the MST3K CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA).

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1958: The movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN is reviewed in Variety.
1994: At the CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA, Beverly Garland (from the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and others), John Humphries (from the movie in episode 514- TEEN-AGE STRANGLER), and David Worth (writer and director of the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD) appeared on a celebrity panel. That evening, all the convention attendees were brought to the State Theater in Minneapolis to see the cast perform the third of three live riffs of “This Island Earth.” (Also in the audience were Universal Pictures executives.) Following the show, the Con concluded with a costume ball where cast members and fans partied into the wee hours.

This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Christopher Cornell, Brian Henry and Steve Finley with assistance by Tim Brown, Gordon Lawyer and many other Satellite News commenters.



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RIP Art Metrano

AVENTURA, FLA. — Standup comedian and actor Art Metrano, perhaps best known as the pompous cop boss in the second and third Police Academy films, or as a regular on the 1982-83 ABC sitcom “Joanie Loves Chachi,” died at his home here Sept. 8. He was 84.

MSTies will remember his straight role as the truck driver in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.

His career skyrocketed in 1970 after he performed a bit as The Amazing Metrano on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” a mock-magic routine which so tickled Carson that, at the end of the act, the virtually unknown comedian was invited to sit next to Carson — great honor in the comedy world.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

RIP Scott Hansen

MINNEAPOLIS — Twin Cities-based comedian and comedy impresario Scott Hansen, who influenced several MST3K cast members’ careers, died September 5 at a hospice here of multiple organ failure. He was 66.

“In terms of comedy in Minnesota, Scott is at the top of the list, said Patrick Strait, author of “Funny Thing About Minnesota: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene.” No one did more to help grow stand-up locally.”

In 1981, he selected Joel to be the headliner for the grand opening of his new comedy club, the Comedy Gallery. The move gave his career a boost. He also mentored Frank and J. Elvis.

“I got my start working for Scott Hansen at the Comedy Gallery,” Frank said on Twitter. “I tore tickets, I seated people, I mc’d the shows. Got on stage every night, learned the craft. Thank you, Scott. Rest In Peace.”

Calling Hansen “one of the founders of the Mpls. stand up scene and one-time comedy don of the Twin Cities, Weinstein recalled, on Twitter, that he “first did a set at his club when I was 16 and hundreds after that in his many rooms for the next few years before moving to LA. Thanks, Scott.”

Some nice remembrances here, here and here.