Today, April 19th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia pay tribute to the oldest actors to appear in the Zone: Clem Bevans, Franklyn Farnum and Scott Seaton, all born in the 1870s.
Clem Bevans (1879-1963) portrayed Pete, Somerset Frisby's (Andy Devine) customer in "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby," his second to last role. A native of Cozadale, Ohio, Bevans made a career in film and television playing old codgers. He was Herman Shimelplatzer opposite Jimmy Stewart in Harvey (1950). Earlier he won plaudits as a Nazi spy in Alfred Hitchcock's classic Saboteur (1942).
Franklyn Farnum (1878-1961) portrayed a racetrack bettor in "A Most Unusual Camera." A Boston native, Farnum was a good luck addition to film rosters, as seven of his films won Best Picture Oscars: The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Going My Way (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947), All About Eve (1950), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956).
Seaton (1871-1968) portrayed a club member in "The Silence," a retirement home resident in "Kick the Can," and a ship passenger in "Passage on the Lady Anne." Not surprisingly, he made his film debut in the silent era, playing the father in the silent short Eight-Cylinder Bull.
So let's hoist a glass of warm milk (with a shot of Bourbon) to three talented gentlemen born in one era but thrust into the helter-skelter world of another, so well personified by the show that was inspired by all eras: The Twilight Zone.