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This Date in MSTory

Written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry
with assistance by Tim Brown, Gordon Lawyer and many other Satellite News commenters.

BORN ON THIS DATE
1866: H.G. Wells, on whose stories the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 814- RIDING WITH DEATH were VERY loosely based.
1903: Ronnie Rondell, assistant director for the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1906: Derrick de Marney, who played Latham in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1907: Jack Mather, who played an officer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1909: Vladimir Solovyov, who played Kassyan in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1918: Rand Brooks, who played Andrews in the movie in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1923: Paul Lehmann, production designer for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.*
1928: John Von Kotze, cinematographer for the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1931: Larry Hagman, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1936: Burr DeBenning, who played Dr. Ted Nelson in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1944: Fanny Flagg, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1954: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer for the band Motörhead, whose song “Ace of Spades” was heard in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1991: Angelo Rossitto (age 83), who played Toby in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a dwarf in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1992: Bill Williams (age 77), who, in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, played Dutch.
1997: Maurice Kaufmann (age 70), who played the radio reporter in the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
2000: R. Wright Campbell (age 73), screenwriter for the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
2002: Maurice Manson (age 89), who played Prof. Ulbrect Olinger in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2009: Robert Ginty (age 60), a.k.a. “the Paper Chase guy,” who played “The Rider” in the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
2010: John Crawford (age 90), who played a bar patron in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
2014: Linda Griffiths (age 57; breast cancer), who played Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.
2019: Sid Haig (age 80), who played Donar in the movie in episode 1111- WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDON II.


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Podcast Discussion of the MST3K/Gerry & Sylvia Connection

The Gerry Anderson channel on YouTube has released a clip discussing the relationship between MST3K and the Gerry Anderson shows. Not extensive, but fun.

Thanks to John for the heads up.

Now Available from RiffTrax…

Download it here.

Diana Rigg, RIP

LONDON–Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” died here Sept. 10. She was 82.
Her daughter Rachael Stirling said she died of cancer that was diagnosed in March.
Rigg “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her Rigg starred in “The Avengers” as secret agent Emma Peel alongside Patrick Macnee’s bowler-hatted John Steed. The pair were an impeccably dressed duo who fought villains and traded quips in a show whose mix of adventure and humor was enduringly influential.

MSTies will recall that she was mentioned in a host segment in episode 909- GORGO.

The AP has the story.

RIP Bent Vejlby

Kirke Hyllinge, Denmark–Danish actor Bent Vejlby, who had numerous roles on stage, in movies and on Danish TV, died here Aug. 31. He was 96.

MSTies may remember him for a small uncredited role as a jeep driver in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.

Here is a google translation of a Danish obit.

Thanks to Gordon and Tim for the heads up.