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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1891: Al Bridge, who played the White Rose sailor in the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1903: Jan Fethke, one of the screenwriters for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.
1905: Bert Stevens, who played Col. Hill in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END, a member of the search party in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, an officer at the proving grounds in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT and a reporter in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1912: Remigio Del Grosso, who co-wrote the movie in episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON.**
1913: Laura Nucci, who played an elder in the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
1920: Tony Randall, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
1925: John Llewellyn Moxey, director of the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.
1937: Cliff Osmond, who played Sheriff Barlow in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.
1938: Norman Boone a.k.a. Brendon Boone, who played Barney in the movie in episode 606- THE CREEPING TERROR.*
1953: Michael Bolton, who was mentioned in host segments in episodes 313 – EARTH VS THE SPIDER and 502- HERCULES.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1966: Minerva Urecal (age 71), who played Fagah in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1974: Edward G. Robinson Jr. (age 40; heart attack), who played a radio dispatcher in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1976: Frieda Inescort (age 74), who played Mrs. Chappel in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1990: Bruno Vailati (age 71), producer of the movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1995: Tom Scherman (age 54), who did the special effects make-up for the movie in episode 812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES.
2006: John R. Harris (age 65), music editor of the TV movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
2007: Jon Lackey (age 68), who created the rug monster for the movie in episode 606- THE CREEPING TERROR.
2007: Sonia Oiticica (age 88), who played a nurse in the movie in episode 1205- KILLER FISH.
2010: Richard Devon (age 83), who played Stark, King of the Grimolts, in the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT and Satan in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2017: Judge Joseph Wapner (age 97), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU and appeared, in cardboard standee form, in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.
2018: Benjamin Melniker (age 104), executive producer of the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1942: At the Oscars, Nathan Juran, director of the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, won an art direction Oscar for “How Green Was My Valley.” Farciot Edouart, who did the process photography for the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN, was among the group who won a best effects/special effects Oscar for “I Wanted Wings.”
1973: The TV movie and pilot for the unsuccessful series “The Stranger” airs on NBC. It would later be reissued on video as the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1988: The movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A. is released in the U.S.A.
2012: At the Oscars, hosted by Billy Crystal (who played David in the movie in episode K13- SST-DEATH FLIGHT), Christopher Plummer, who played The Emperor in the movie in episode 1106- STARCRASH, becomes the oldest actor to win an Oscar for his role in “Beginners.” James Earl Jones, who played Albert in the movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS, received an honorary award for “his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility.”

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 Sandro Dori

Rome, Italy — Italian actor Sandro Dori, who played supporting roles in about a hundred films, has died at a hospital here Feb. 15. He was 82. He also worked in theater and did voice work.

Fans of Italian movies might remember his role as Dr. Zucconi in “Il Prof. Dott. Guido Tersilli Primario Della Clinica Villa Celeste Convenzionata Con Le Mutue.” MSTies will remember his uncredited role as Stud in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.

Thanks to Gordon for the heads up and for this link to a Google Translation of his obit.

Lynn Stalmaster, RIP

Los Angeles — Lynn Stalmaster, the veteran casting director who pushed relative unknowns for starring roles, died Feb. 12 at his home here. He was 93. In November, 2016, Stalmaster became the first casting director in history to receive an Academy Award.

Among the hundreds of movies and TV shows he worked on, Stalmaster was the casting director for the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT and the first episode of the TV series “The Master,” seen in episode 322- MASTER NINJA I.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Gordon for the heads up.

Christopher Plummer, RIP

Weston Conn.–Christopher Plummer, who starred in “The Sound of Music,” won an Oscar for “Beginners” and was nominated for “All the Money in the World” and “The Last Station,” died Feb. 5 at his home here from a blow to the head he received in a fall. He was 91.

MSTies will remember his performance as The Emperor in the movie in episode 1106- STARCRASH.

The New York Times has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.