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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1891: Frank Mills, who played a plant worker in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1893: Ben Bard, dialogue director for the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1899: Wyllis Cooper, who wrote the original story for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1904: Douglas Evans, who played Colonel Norm in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1908: Dennis Moore, who played a police dispatcher in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1914: Dorothy Neumann, who played the witch Meg Maud in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
1915: William Hopper, who played Dr. Nedrick Jackson in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1921: Ashley Cowan, who played Capt. Mel Lockhart in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1925: Paul Newman, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.
1934: Pietro Ceccarelli, who appeared in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.*
1938: Michael Andersen, musical score composer for the movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.*
1940: Marrisa Mathes, who played a juror in the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.*
1942: Joy N. Houck Jr., associate producer of the movie in episode 1006- BOGGY CREEK II.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1963: Ole Olsen (age 70), who appeared in the short JOHNNY AT THE FAIR seen in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1973: Edward G. Robinson (age 79), who was mentioned repeatedly in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
1977: Maggie a.k.a. Margaret Hayes (age 60), who played Mother Veronica in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1979: Nelson Rockefeller (age 70), who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1985: Mario Petri (age 63), who played Zenith, priest of Uranus, in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1997: Edward G. Simmel (age 76), producer/director of the short A DATE WITH YOUR FAMILY, seen in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
2016: Abe Vigoda (age 94), who was played by Mike Nelson during an invention exchange in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.
2017: Mike “Touch” Connors (age 91), who played Bob in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS and Tony Lamont in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
2017: Barbara Hale (age 94), who played Dr. Jenny Langer in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION.


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Terry Jones, RIP

LONDON — Terry Jones, a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe and a beloved comedian, screenwriter, film director, poet, historian and author, died Jan. 21 at his home here. He was 77.

He famously played the awful Mr. Creosote in the movie “Monty Python’s Meaning of Life,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

RiffTrax Presents a New Short from Bridget and Mary Jo…

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Joe Shishido, RIP

TOKYO–Actor Joe Shishido, best known internationally for his work with Seijun Suzuki, died at his home here on Jan. 20. He was 86.

MSTies will never forget his role as Captain Joe in the movies in episodes 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN and 318- STAR FORCE: FUGITIVE ALIEN 2 (and of course episodes K12- FUGITIVE ALIEN and K03- STAR FORCE: FUGITIVE ALIEN 2.)

This story is in Japanese but Google does a reasonable job of translating.

Thanks to Melody for the heads up.

RIP Barry ZeVan

Minneapolis–Barry ZeVan, whose witty, energetic “peek-a-boo” forecasting style at KARE-TV and KSTP-TV endeared him to area weather watchers in the 1970s and 1980s, died here Jan. 1.

Longtime MSTies will recall his brief appearance in a host segment in episode K17- TIME OF THE APES.

The Star Trib has the story.