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July 25 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Edgar Stehli ('Long Live Walter Jameson')

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Steve Rubin
Jul 25, 2018

Today, July 25th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor Edgar Stehli, who passed away on this day in 1973 at the age of 89.

Stehli (1884-1973) portrayed Sam Kittridge in "Long Live Walter Jameson," a college professor who begins to suspect that his colleague, the charismatic Walter Jameson (Kevin McCarthy), may be older than he claims – a lot older.

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This is the Civil War era photograph that tips off Sam Kittridge (Edgar Stehli) that Walter Jameson is not who he says he is. 

Born in France, Stehli arrived in the U.S. in 1888 and was a popular stage and radio actor before landing film and television roles. Kevin McCarthy, his co-star, knew him because his wife grew up in the same town as Stehli – Nutley, New Jersey.

On the film side, Stehli was cast in the award-winning workplace classic Executive Suite (1954), as well as, among others, 4D Man (1959, which starred TZ veteran Robert Lansing), Cash McCall (1960), Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961, as King Kronas), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), Seconds (1966), The Tiger Makes Out (1967) and Loving (1970).

On television, he was invariably cast as a judge, doctor or professor in many of the top series of the 1960s.

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Actor Edgar Stehli (center) joined TZ veteran Robert Lansing (right) in 4D Man. 

So, as we honor a top character actor of his day, let's raise a warm brandy to Sam Kittridge and the possibility of long life – a mixed blessing in an unforgiving dimension we call The Twilight Zone.

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