Today, July 27th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember two TZ actors on the anniversary of their births: Keenan Wynn (1916) and Susan Gordon (1949).
Wynn, the character actor son of character actor Ed Wynn, portrayed soulful playwright Gregory West in "A World of His Own," a man who can lift his Dictaphone and conjure literally anything, including a beautiful woman, into existence. In effect, he was playing Rod Serling in this Richard Matheson teleplay.
I got a chance to work with Wynn (1916-1986) on his last movie – Hyper Sapien: People From Another Star, which was shot in the forest outside Calgary, Alberta in the fall of 1985. He was such a pro, full of energy as he played a rugged rancher whose grandson discovers two alien girls on their property.
Susan Gordon starred in "The Fugitive," playing crippled Jenny, whose best friend is a kindly alien from another planet who takes on the human guise of Old Ben (J. Pat O’Malley). Gordon (1949-2011) was the daughter of prolific genre director Bert I. Gordon, and it's not surprising that Susan made her film debut in her dad's 1958 film Attack of the Puppet People, playing little Agnes, the girl scout. She also plays two characters from different times in The Boy and the Pirates (1960), working alongside future TZ player Charles Herbert.
So let's raise a shot of Jack and a glass of lemonade to two terrific performers who brought their senior and junior A-games to The Twilight Zone.