Today, July 6, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the birth of the perpetually bearded Sebastian Cabot, born on this day in 1918.
Cabot played the charming, white-suited Mr. Pip in "A Nice Place to Visit," playing what appears to be the heavenly escort to recently deceased thief Rocky Valentine (Larry Blyden). Rocky is delighted to be in a place where there's an inexhaustible supply of beautiful women and unending winning streaks at the casino.
However, as is often the case in The Twilight Zone, all is not what it appears to be...
Cabot (1918-1977) had a long career in both film and television. I first noticed him as H.G. Wells' (Rod Taylor) grouchy, disbelieving friend Dr. Philip Hillyer in The Time Machine, released the same year as his Zone appearance. He would shortly become a regular on the Checkmate detective series, playing another doctor, Dr. Carl Hyatt; and, from 1966-1971, he was Mr. Giles French, the sympathetic butler on Family Affair.
Cabot was also a busy voice actor, with such credits as Bagheera the Panther in The Jungle Book and the narrator of Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
So, on the anniversary of Sebastian Cabot's birth, let's hoist one to an actor who certainly popularized whiskers all across Hollywood and also brought class and culture to every role he assumed, especially in The Twilight Zone.