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June 6 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actors Larry Blyden and Maxine Stuart

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Jun 6, 2018

Today, June 6th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember Larry Blyden and Maxine Stuart on the anniversary of their passing.

Larry Blyden, a bright comic talent, starred in two episodes: "A Nice Place to Visit" as Rocky Valentine, a small time crook who's introduced to a Nirvana-type afterlife by white suited Sebastian Cabot; and "Showdown with Rance McGrew" as a television cowboy whose performance is so pathetic, it even pisses off the real Jesse James (Arch Johnson).

Blyden was visiting Morocco on this day in 1975 and died in a tragic accident that may have involved him being assaulted by local bandits.

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In "A Nice Place to Visit," Larry Blyden seems to be enjoying his Afterlife. But constant winning, inexhaustable supplies of beautiful women and his every wish granted begins to get old - very old. 

Actress Maxine Stuart was the woman underneath the bandages in "Eye of the Beholder," a gorgeous blonde who has sought out dramatic plastic surgery to turn her into the one of the pig-faced uglies that dominate a dystopian planet. When the bandages come off, the 42-year-old Stuart has morphed into Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Stuart was 94 when she passed on this day in 2013.

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Maxine Stuart in "Eye of the Beholder," an unusual role to say the least. 

So let us toast two more seminal pieces of the 5th dimension puzzle – fine character actors who brought their A game to the television Nirvana we call The Twilight Zone.