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July 18 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Edson Stroll ('Eye of the Beholder,' 'The Trade-Ins')

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Jul 18, 2018

Today, July 18th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor Edson Stroll, who passed away on this day in 2011 at 82.

Stroll had two iconic roles on The Twilight Zone. In the mesmerizing "Eye of the Beholder," he's Walter Smith, a handsome hunk who escorts traumatized plastic surgery patient Janet Tyler (Donna Douglas) to a sanctuary far from the pig-faced aliens who control the planet.

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Seemingly normal featured Walter Smith (Edson Stroll) will escort Janet Tyler to a sanctuary in "Eye of the Beholder."

Stroll returned to the Zone in "The Trade-Ins," playing the equally hunky, athletic body that can be supplied to ailing John Holt (Joseph Schildkraut) for the sum of $5,000.

Stroll, a Chicago native, later had a long run as Virgil Edwards, one of Quintin McHale's PT-Boat crewmen on McHale's Navy (1962-1966, 138 episodes). In the movies, he was Prince Charming in Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961).

We would also like to acknowledge that director Robert Ellis Miller ("The Changing of the Guard") was born on this day in 1932 (he passed away last year at the age of 89).

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Director Robert Ellis Miller directed the classic episode "The Changing of the Guard" - his only foray into the Zone. 

So let's raise a beaker of rejuvenation serum to Stroll, the facsimile of male perfection on the show that achieved near perfection over 156 episodes, and to Miller who directed one of the classics – Twilight Zone heroes both.

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