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November 19 in Twilight Zone History: Wishing Happy Birthday to actor Rex Holman ('The Passersby')

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Nov 19, 2017

Today, November 19, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the birth of character actor Rex Holman, who turns 89 today. Holman portrayed Charlie Constable, a dazed Confederate veteran who is one of hundreds of soldiers – gray and blue – who walk past the farmhouse of Southern war widow Lavinia Godwin (Joanne Linville) in the atmospheric TZ episode "The Passersby." I wrote Holman's bio for my book, but I had to cut a number of pages from the final manuscript ... and Holman, unfortunately, didn't make the cut.

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Rex Holman played gang member Mickey in Panic in Year Zero. 

Rex was always an interesting addition to a cast. According to the original contracts in Carol Serling's collection, he received $250 for showing up on that Civil War set. A native of Denver, Colorado, Holman made his television debut opposite Ron Ely and Burt Freed in the "Millionaire Sergeant Matthew Brogan" episode of The Millionaire. I always remember him as one of the young gang members who terrorize Ray Milland and his family in the post-apocalyptic thriller Panic in Year Zero. His last credit was the part of J'onn in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

Perhaps because it was shot at MGM – the epicenter of Hollywood – The Twilight Zone always benefited from hiring the best actors available – not just for leads, but for every part. Here's to Rex Holman and the small puzzle piece he placed in the larger picture we call The Twilight Zone.