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February 25 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Robert Foulk ('The Hunt') on the anniversary of his passing

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Feb 25, 2018

Today, February 25th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember character actor Robert Foulk, who passed away on this day in 1989 at the age of 80.

Foulk is another one of those wonderful characters whose name you never remember but whose face was everywhere in the 1950s and 1960s. He made his debut on The Twilight Zone in "The Hunt" as the Gatekeeper, the man who tells Hyder Simpson (Arthur Hunnicutt) he can't bring his dog with him into heaven. Now if that ain't a telltale statement!

For his gatekeeping duties, Foulk (1908-1989) received the princely salary of $200.

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Gifted character actor Robert Foulk played the mysterious gatekeeper in "The Hunt."

Foulk's prodigious acting career began with a policeman's role in the original Road House (1948), which starred future TZ player Ida Lupino and Richard Widmark. I always remember him in the original Ocean's 11, playing the county sheriff working with Cesar Romero to bring the thieves to justice.

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I'm sorry, Mr. Gatekeeper, but you can't tell Hyder Simpson (Arthur Hunnicutt) that he can't bring his dog into heaven!

I also remember bumping into him at a 1980s reunion of The First Motion Picture Base Unit, the documentary unit in Hollywood during World War II that made training films. I was researching my first book at that time: Combat Films: American Realism 1945-1970.

 

So let’s hoist one to the gatekeeper of "The Hunt," a terrific character actor in The Twilight Zone and beyond.