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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
1882: Creighton Hale, who had a small role in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1907: Edward Dein, director of the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1908: Alan Stensvold, cinematographer for the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1909: Rep. Wilbur Mills, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1911: Harold Conway, who played the “Washington broadcast station chief” in the movie in episode 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN.**
1915: Sara Pachter, who played, and was, little Johnny’s mother in the short JOHNNY AT THE FAIR, seen in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1916: Peter Whitney, who played Lt. Gates in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1922: Leroy Johnson, who played Sir Ulrich in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1922: June Smaney, who appeared in the movie in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.
1924: Jose Manuel Martin, who played Omar Pascha in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.*
1924: Freddie Earlle, who played a little man in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1926: Desmond Davis, camera operator for the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.*
1949: Ricardo Franco, assistant director of the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
1950: Andrea Coppola, who played photographer Jay in the movie in episode 705- ESCAPE 2000.*
1960: Jeff Celentano, aka Jeff Weston, who played Tola in the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1962: Kjeld Petersen (age 41; heart attack), who played police officer Olsen in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1969: Richard Garland (age 41; alcoholism), who played Pendragon in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
1969: Paul Birch (age 57; cancer), who played Jim Maddison in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1992: Alfredo Wally Barron (age 61), Santo’s second in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
1993: June Smaney (age 71), on her birthday.
2016: Burt Kwouk (age 85), who played Feno in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
2017: Delbert B. “Sonny” West Jr. (age 78), who played Snake in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS.
2018: Travis Richard Kleefeld aka Tony Travis (age 92), who played Eddie Crane in the movie in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1961: The movie in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is reviewed in Variety.


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Ken Nightingall, RIP

LONDON — Veteran sound man Ken Nightingall, who worked in the British film industry for four decades, died at his home here on May 19. He was 92.

Among the notable films he worked on was “Lost in Space” (1998), sevveral James Bond movies, “Saturn 3” (1980) and “Supergirl.” (1984). His most famous credit, however, is a movie on which he worked uncredited: “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977). The boom operator developed a following and was known to “Star Wars” fans as “Pink Shorts Boom Guy,” because of his distinctive outfit he often wore during filming.

MSTies may not know that he was also an uncredited boom operator for the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

Michel Piccoli, RIP

PARIS–French actor Michel Piccoli, known for roles in Luis Buñuel’s “Belle de jour” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt,” died here May 12. He was 94.
Piccoli’s vast filmography, which spanned more than 200 films from 1949 to as recently as 2015, included a number of Buñuel’s films, including “Belle de jour,” “The Milky Way” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.”,
MSTies will recall that he played Inspector Ginko in the movie in episode 1013- DIABOLIK.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

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