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This Date in MSTory

1892: Lowell Thomas, narrator for the short THE CHICKEN OF TOMORROW, seen in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1898: Bobby Gilbert, who had a small role in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1900: Aleksandr Ptushko, director for the movies in episodes 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, 505-THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD and 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1907: Joseph H. Lewis, editor of the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1909: Aldo Pini, who played Tifi in the movies in episodes 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED and 502- HERCULES.
1917: John Ensign, who played Lt. Anderson in the movie in episode 514- TEEN-AGE STRANGLER.
1920: David Bradley, who directed the movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.
1938: Roy Thinnes, who played Johnny Paul in the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD and Dr. Phil Brewer in the TV series GENERAL HOSPITAL seen as shorts in season four.*
1941: Gheorghe Zamfir, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*
1943: Bruce Podewell, who played Buzz Turner in the short MR. B NATURAL, seen in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.

1953: Fred C. Brannon (age 51), director of the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1960: Oscar O’Shea (age 78), who played grocer Mr. Harkins in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1987: Ralph Butler (age 74), sound man for the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1991: Ernesto Morelli (age 89), who played an Italian fisherman in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1992: Isaac Asimov (age 72), after whom the Brains named a Doomsday Device featured in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1998: Wendy O. Williams (age 48; suicide), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
2015: James Best (age 88), who played Thorne Sherman in the movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
2017: Don Rickles (age 90), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.

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Jay Benedict RIP

Note: This is our first Covid-19 passing.

Actor Jay Benedict, perhaps best-known for his role in the British TV series “Foyle’s War,” died in Europe on April 4 due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection. He was 68.

Fans of the Alien/Aliens movie franchise will remember him as Russ Jordan, the father of Newt and the first victim of the Alien infestation.

His connection to MST3K is fairly tenuous: Early in his career, Benedict did voices for the English language version of the movie in episode 314- MIGHTY JACK.

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