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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1896: Ken Strickfaden, who did the electrical effects for the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN.
1906: Clarence Eurist, production supervisor for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1907: Mario Serandrei, editor for the movie in episodes 502- HERCULES and 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1922: Wyott Ordung, screenwriter for the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1924: Bill McCutcheon, who played Dropo in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.
1925: John Elizalde, musical supervisor for the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1928: Nigel Davenport, who played Ernest Hubbs in the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
1936: Ian Kennedy Martin, screenwriter for the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.*
1952: Rich Valliere, who played a deputy sheriff in the movie in episode 1005- THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1959: Eric Orbom (age 43), art director for the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1975: Jackie “Moms” Mabley (age 81), who was mentioned in host segments in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD, 103 MAD MONSTER and 207 WILD REBELS.
1999: Joel Lawrence (age 66), who played a guide in the movie in episode 811- PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR.
2011: Tom Hennesy (age 87), who played the Gill Man (in scenes when it was out of the water) and a Marineland diver (he also did some stunts) in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
2015: John Carter (age 87), who played a flight surgeon in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
2017: Roger Moore (age 89), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2021: Natalya Zorina (age 74), who played “country girl” in the movie “Morozko,” seen in episode 813- JACK FROST.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1979: The movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE is reviewed in Variety.

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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1907: Laurence Olivier, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1908: Jack Bolger Jr., who did the sound for the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1915: William A. Forester, who played an announcer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1917: Sid Melton, who played Sgt. Willie Tatlow in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT and Pill Box in the movie in episode 520- RADAR SECRET SERVICE. He was also mentioned in a host segment in episode 522- TEENAGE CRIME WAVE.
1919: Douglas Heyes, who wrote the screenplay for and directed the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1920: Ralph Brooke, the producer, director and screenwriter for the movie in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST!
1922: Quinn Martin, executive producer of the movie in episode 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1927: Phil Tucker, producer/director of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1927: George R. Nelson, set designer for the movies in episodes 411- THE MAGIC SWORD and 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD.
1929: Shirley Falls, who played the switchboard operator in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.
1934: Joel Rapp, who wrote and directed the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1934: Merry Anders, who played Lt. Karen Lamont in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and played Carol White in the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELERS.
1936: Toshiaki Tsushima (age 77), musical composer for in the movie THE GREEN SLIME, riffed in MST3K’s pilot, and the movie in episode K17- /306- TIME OF THE APES..
1938: Susan Strasberg, who played Nancy Kingman in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
1940: Michael Sarrazin, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1946: John Lazar, who played Jarek the Sorcerer in DEATHSTALKER II, which was featured in the 30th Anniversary Tour in 2018.*
1952: Mike Muscat, who played a terrorist/waiter in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II.*
1959: Morrissey, who was parodied in a host segment in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*
1961: Jeremy Gelbwaks, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1989: Gerd Oswald (age 69), director of the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1990 Lawrence L. Goldman (age 83), who wrote the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT.
1996: Robert Christie (age 82), who played the doctor in the movie in episode K20- THE LAST CHASE.
1998: Allan Ray (age 88), who had an uncredited role as “man at loudspeaker #2” in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
2012: Aleksey Vanin (age 88), who had a small role in the movie “Cherez Ternii K Zvyozdam,” seen in episode K11- HUMANOID WOMAN.
2019: Beverly Lunsford (age 74), who played Patsy Townsend in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1954: The third chapter of “The Pirates of Prah” from TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” premieres in syndication. The three chapters of “The Pirates of Prah” would later be seen in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1985: The movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS is reviewed in Variety.
2018: Shout Factory releases “Mystery Science Theater 3000 presents The Singles Collection.”

* = According to the IMDB this person is alive. If you can supply evidence that he or she has died, and when, please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a birthday, the IMDB indicates that the person has died, but the IMDB does not have a full death date (probably just a month and year or just the year he or she died). If you can give us the exact date (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
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RIP Andra Martin

Actress Andra Martin who played Linda Madison in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE, died May 3. She was 86.

The IMDB has an overview of her fairly brief movie career.

Thanks to Gordon for the heads up.