Today, June 26th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember writer/director Montgomery Pittman who passed away on this day in 1962 at the age of 45.
Pittman was writer/director on "Two," "The Grave," and "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank," and directed "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" and "Dead Man's Shoes." As you can see from his output, he was a top creator – and, had he lived, would probably have written and directed a bunch more.
A Louisiana native, Montgomery Pittman started his career as an actor, making his debut in the Humphrey Bogart thriller The Enforcer in 1951, a film that featured future TZ players Ted de Corsia and Everett Sloane. He made his writing debut on the "Village in the City" episode of Four Star Playhouse (1954), which starred David Niven. The following year he made his directing debut on "The Boston Kid" episode of Luke and the Tenderfoot. Pittman also wrote one of the early Gordon Scott Tarzan films, Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957).
So let us toast a major creator whose output on the Zone was significant - a fine writer and director, qualities prized in the ultimate fantasy amphitheater of the small screen: The Twilight Zone.