Today, May 10th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia honor actor Robert Sampson, who turns 85 today, and actress Margaret Field, who was born on this day in 1922.
Sampson portrayed Chris Miller, a parent desperately searching for his missing daughter in "Little Girl Lost," a Richard Matheson script that certainly inspired the writers of Poltergeist. Sampson ably portrayed a father determined to find his child who somehow, someway, has slipped into another dimension. Among his many film and television credits, Sampson appeared in Re-Animator (1985, as Dean Halsey), Robot Jox (1989), and The Dark Side of the Moon (1990).
Margaret Field, the mother of actress Sally Field, portrayed Emma Senescu, the wife of an obsessed wax museum curator in "The New Exhibit.” When the museum closes, he brings his frightful 'Murderers Row' home, lodges it in his basement and proceeds to freak Emma out.
Field (1922-2011), a Houston native, made her credited feature debut as the second secretary opposite Ray Milland and Margaret O'Sullivan in director John Farrow's film-noir crime drama The Big Clock. She later had the recurring role of Bridget Malone on Yancy Derringer (1958) (using the name Maggie Mahoney, taking the last name of her second husband, actor Jock Mahoney).
So let's hoist one to two terrific performers who lent their skills to two absolutely riveting stories, brought to you in living black and white in The Twilight Zone.