Today, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor Henry Corden, who passed away on this day in 2005 at the age of 85.
Corden co-starred in "The Gift" as Officer Sanchez, a south-of-the-border cop who witnesses a close encounter of the third kind that kills his partner and thoroughly freaks out an entire town – all except Pedro (Edmund Vargas), a stargazing little boy who befriends the peaceful alien (Geoffrey Horne).
A French Canadian, Corden (1920-2005) is best known as the celebrated voice of cartoon character Fred Flintstone, a role he played for 36 years, starting with The Flintstones cartoon series (1964-1966, 18 episodes) and continuing with TV movies, series sequels, and shorts.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Corden made his film debut as Hendrick, the knife-wielding killer who stalks Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). Two years later, he made his television debut in the "Riley's Birthday Gift" episode of The Life of Riley (1949), working opposite Jackie Gleason. Because of his long relationship with The Flintstones, Corden had a celebrated career as a voice artist.
So let's raise a stiff shot of tequila to Officer Sanchez, the distinct voice of Henry Corden and the hot southern desert atmosphere of "The Gift," submitted for your approval in The Twilight Zone.