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July 9 in Twilight Zone History: Happy Birthday to actor Kim Hector ('The Bewitchin' Pool')

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Jul 9, 2018

Today, July 9th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia wish happy birthday to child actor Kim Hector, who turns 65 today.

Kim played the Tom Sawyer-like Whitt, the boy in a straw hat who suddenly materializes in Sport and Jeb Sharewood’s (Mary Badham and Jeffrey Byron) pool and beckons the abused kids to another dimension in "The Bewitchin' Pool." Sure enough, after diving in they emerge in a lake, and Whitt later introduces them to sweet Aunt T (Georgia Simmons).

Unlike other stories, where an Aunt T would turn into the Wicked Witch of the West, this kind lady is the genuine article – a warm, friendly, nurturing woman who's a million miles from the Sharewoods' constantly bickering parents.

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Whitt (Kim Hector) offers the Sharewoods an alternative to the the life provided by their abusive parents in "The Bewitchin' Pool." 

Hector, a native of Highland Park, Illinois, had previously appeared with Mary Badham in her signature film To Kill a Mockingbird. After his TZ appearance, Hector was Johnny Subiron in the two-part The Outer Limits episode, "The Inheritors." He retired from acting after an appearance on The Road West series.

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Sport Sharewood (Mary Badham, left) doesn't know what to make of the strange world that Whitt (Kim Hector) has brought her to in "The Bewitchin' Pool."

So let's raise a slice of chocolate cake loaded with icing to Hector, his Whitt character, and the show that boasts a boatful of other dimensions: The Twilight Zone.