Happy Independence Day, everyone. Today, July 4th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor and voice artist Vic Perrin who passed away on this day in 1989 at 73.
Perrin portrayed one of the seemingly friendly toga-clad Martians who welcomes American astronaut Sam Conrad (Roddy McDowall) in "People Are Alike All Over." He's so confident that he simply walks up to Sam and disarms him on the spot.
Perrin also appeared as Jim the state trooper in "Ring-A-Ding Girl." He lent his voice skills to "The Last Night of a Jockey" and "Uncle Simon" and was the original narrator of The Outer Limits.
A native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Perrin started playing bit roles in films and television show in the 1950s and often served as a narrator, initially on Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. Kirk Douglas later hired him to narrate the opening of Spartacus (1960) and he was the voice of Dr. Zin on Johnny Quest.
So let's hoist a glass of cloudy martian water to a significant player with strong voice credentials who lent himself to that timeless picture and soundtrack we call The Twilight Zone.