Today, July 2nd, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor George Macready, who passed on this day in 1973 at 73. Macready portrayed space agency scientist Dr. Bixler, who's sending astronaut Douglas Stansfield into deep space for 40 years, in "The Long Morrow."
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Macready (1899-1973) made his feature debut as the school teacher in director John Farrow's World War II drama Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942). I always remember him playing disagreeable types – usually aristocrats, politicians or advisors. He's Emperor Maximillian, opposite Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, in Vera Cruz; the despicable French general opposite Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory; the Polish governor opposite Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis in Taras Bulba; and Fredric March's presidential advisor in Rod Serling's adaptation of Seven Days in May.
So let's hoist a glass of vintage champagne to another chameleon who came out of the cold and supplied his talents to the show that eventually attracted an all-star lineup of chameleons: The Twilight Zone.