February 15 in Twilight Zone History: Wishing Happy Birthday to Kevin McCarthy, Nico Minardos and Sherry Jackson

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Feb 15, 2018

Today, February 15th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember three actors on their birthdays: Kevin McCarthy (1914-2010); Nico Minardos (1930-2011) and Sherry Jackson, who turns 76 today.

Kevin McCarthy starred in "Long Live Walter Jameson" as a charismatic college history professor who relates historical information as if he was present when it took place. Not surprising, since he's the oldest human who ever lived!

The lectures that college history Professor Walter Jameson gives are so real, it's as if he were present when the historical events took place. Guess what? He was. 

Nico Minardos portrayed the handsome doctor who treats a wounded alien (Geoffrey Horne) in "The Gift." Other than the little boy who found him (Edmund Vargas), the doctor is the only one sympathetic to the outer space visitor.

Nico Minardos - a kind of Greek Peter Lawford - portrays the kindly doctor in "The Gift."

The lovely Sherry Jackson plays Comfort Gatewood, a backwoods girl whose boyfriend rises from the dead in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank." Comfort doesn't know what to think. One moment, Jeff Myrtlebank was lying dead in his coffin; the next he's up and plum cordial!

Sherry Jackson plays Comfort Gatewood, a woman with a perplexing issue, in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank."

McCarthy, one of the most handsome actors Hollywood has ever produced, previously starred as Dr. Miles Bennell in the original science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Minardos, a Greek, survived a boating accident on location in Peru in 1966, a traumatic event that killed actor Eric Fleming (Rawhide).

Jackson was a former child star whose career dates back to Make Room for Daddy and the Ma and Pa Kettle film series.

He looks like Jeff Myrtlebank (James Best). He talks like Jeff Myrtlebank.  But Comfort Gatewood (Sherry Jackson) still won't let him touch her. After all, she doesn't know where this ex-corpse has been. 

So let's sing Happy Birthday to three marvelous actors who lent their skills to three wildly different chapters in the best seller we call The Twilight Zone.