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March 8 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Edward Andrews ('Third From the Sun,' 'You Drive')

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Mar 8, 2018

Today, March 8th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember character actor Edward Andrews, who passed away on this day in 1985 at 70.

Andrews appeared in two memorable episodes. In "Third From the Sun," he's suspicious company man Carling, a snoop who believes that nuclear engineer William Sturka (Fritz Weaver) and his friend Jerry Riden (Joe Maross) are going to steal a spaceship and leave the planet.

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Carling (Edward Andrews, center) pays a surprise visit to William Sturka's (Fritz Weaver) house and doesn't like what Sturka and his friend Jerry Riden (Joe Maross) seem to be plotting in the gripping "Third From the Sun."

In the Season 5 episode "You Drive," Andrews plays a despicable hit-and-run driver who kills a paperboy, then tries to hide his crime from the world. Fortunately, his car has other ideas.

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Hit-and-run driver Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) thinks he got away with killing a paperboy, but he didn't reckon on his car turning against him in "You Drive."

As a child, I first saw Andrews in a bunch of Disney comedies (The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber), so I thought he was known mostly as a comic actor. But Andrews began his career in very dramatic parts. Later, I caught him as the chief villain in director Phil Karlson's gritty true story The Phenix City Story and saw the same dark side that Rod Serling probably saw when that film debuted in 1955.

Forever bespectacled, Edward Andrews was pure gold on the big and small screen. So let's remember this consummate character actor who brought his gifts to the slightly twisted universe we call The Twilight Zone.