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February 19 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Lee Marvin and Ron Foster on the anniversary of their birth

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Feb 19, 2018

Today, February 19th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the births of three fine TZ actors: Sir Cedric Hardwicke (1883), Lee Marvin (1924) and Ron Foster (1930).

Hardwicke portrayed Simon Polk, the tyrannical title character in the Season 5's "Uncle Simon," a humorless inventor who torments his niece (Constance Ford) with constant criticisms and a crazed desire for hot cocoa in a bone china cup. I was waiting for her to dump it on his head.

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Warning to "Uncle Simon" (Sir Cedric Hardwicke): avoid the stairs when your abused niece is standing above you.

Lee Marvin, one of the manliest men to ever grace the small or big screen, starred in two episodes: "The Grave," as less-than-successful bounty hunter Connie Miller who is goaded into visiting the grave of the outlaw he failed to capture; and Sam 'Steel' Kelly in "Steel," a down-on-his-luck robot fighter manager who is trying to get one final bout out of a bag of bolts called 'Battling Maxo.'

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In "The Grave," Lee Marvin plays bounty hunter Connie Miller, a man about to journey out into a cold dark night for a rendezvous in The Twilight Zone.

Ron Foster starred in the atmospheric "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms" as National Guard sergeant William Connors, a weekend soldier who pilots his tank and crew back into Dakota Territory on the morning of June 25, 1876, when a Colonel named Custer was charging to his doom.

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History buff and National Guard sergeant William Connors (Ron Foster) is about to get a big dose of history on the Little Big Horn, courtesy of a dramatic side trip to The Twilight Zone.

Hardwicke (1883-1964) had a long career, which included playing the Pharaoh in The Ten Commandments (1956), and he was the quite effective narrator's voice in George Pal’s The War of the Worlds.

Marvin (1924-1987) had a long and eclectic feature career, with highlights including the role of glib mercenary Henry 'Rico' Fardan in The Professionals and indefatigable Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen.

Wichita, Kansas native Foster (1930-2015) had earlier co-starred opposite Broderick Crawford in Highway Patrol and later appeared in such features as Private Lessons and The Money Pit.

 

So let's give it up for the guys of TZ who carved a straight and narrow path through a most challenging corner of The Twilight Zone.