June 25 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor George Murdock ('The Dummy') on the anniversary of his birth

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Jun 25, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT

Today, June 25th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actor George Murdock on the anniversary of his birth in 1930.

Murdock (1930-2012) supplied the voice of Willie, the title character in "The Dummy." Willie is the villain in this terrific Rod Serling script about Jerry Etherson (Cliff Robertson), a troubled ventriloquist who begins to sense that Willie is taking over his act. Murdock does a terrific job of voicing the villainous dummy with an agenda.


Actor George Murdock was a ubiquitous presence in TV and movies for decades.  

A native of Salina, Kansas, Murdock had a long career in film and television – the part of Willie was only his third credit in the business. Later, he was in everything, from the recurring role of Captain Krupnick on the No Time for Sergeants comedy series to other regular roles on Banacek, Battlestar Galactica (as Dr. Salik), Barney Miller, Star Trek: The Next Generation (two appearances as Admiral J.P. Hanson) and The X-Files.


Murdock's skills were particularly appreciated on genre shows like Battlestar GalacticaStar Trek: The Next Generation, and The X-Files.

So let's hoist a faux martini to a superior voice, a fine actor, and a memorable presence in the universe where wooden acting is often rewarded: The Twilight Zone.