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July 24 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Frank Silvera ('Person or Persons Unknown')

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Steve Rubin
Jul 24, 2018

Today, July 24th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor Frank Silvera on the anniversary of his birth in 1914.

Silvera (1914-1970) portrayed Dr. Koslenko, a psychiatrist who challenges the odd recollections of David Gurney (Richard Long), a man who claims an identity that no one believes in "Person or Persons Unknown."

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With his ever-present mustache, Frank Silvera could play any number of ethnicities, and did. 

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Silvera made his television debut in the "Julian Housman, Richmond Reporter" episode of The Big Story (1949). Three years later, he made his big screen debut as Stacey Marshall, opposite Audie Murphy and fellow Twilight Zone veterans James Best and Roy Roberts in director Budd Boetticher's The Cimarron Kid (1952).

Silvera’s colorful feature career includes Viva Zapata! (1952), The Mountain Road (1960, as Colonel Kwan of the Chinese Army), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Toys in the Attic (1963), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Hombre (1967), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), and Che! (1969). Silvera also had the recurring role of Don Sebastian Montoya on The High Chaparral (1967-1970, 14 episodes).

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Actor Frank Silvera was comfortable in western roles, often playing characters from south of the border. 

So let's hoist one to Silvera and Dr. Koslenko, the man who unleashed the men with the white coats – a busy occupation in a dimension like The Twilight Zone.

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