Today, July 7, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor Richard Angarola, who passed away on this day in 2008 at the age of 87.
Angarola portrayed The Suitor in "Miniature," the tiny man — observed by bookish Charles Parkes (Robert Duvall) — who attempts to romance an equally tiny beautiful woman (Claire Griswold). All of this takes place in a miniature replica of a Victorian home, where, to Charley's consternation, The Suitor goes a little too far.
A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Angarola (1920-2008) made his feature debut opposite Jean Seberg and Honor Blackman in director Mervyn Leroy's Moment to Moment (1965). In both film and television, he was comfortable playing characters of various ethnicities, particularly Frenchmen and Spaniards. He was particularly good as the no-nonsense commandant in Papillon (1973).
So let's hoist a tiny brew to Richard Angarola, a very unique setting, and the show that always traverses the dimension between sanity and madness: The Twilight Zone.