Today, July 16th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the birth of actor Phillip Pine, born on this day in 1920.
Pine had two important roles in the Zone: he's one of the quartet of hoodlums who can change his face at will in "The Four of Us Are Dying" and he's the title character's (Pat Hingle) toy designer colleague in the Season 4 one-hour episode "The Incredible World of Horace Ford."
Pine (1920-2006), a native of Hanford, California (in the south central San Joaquin Valley), began his career in small character roles in major films, including The Set-Up (1949), D.O.A. (1950), The Flame and the Arrow (1950), and Men in War (1957). He then segued easily into television, where he had a long and productive career, making his debut in "The Cheat" episode of Rebound (1952), working opposite future Twilight Zone player Marjorie Bennett.
So let's hoist one to another solid character presence on a show where solid, liquid, or gas can sometimes be twisted in odd ways: The Twilight Zone. I would also like to acknowledge my father, Joseph S. Rubin, whom I lost on this day in 1976 to emphysema. Love you always, Dad.