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June 27 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actors Gary Crosby ('Come Wander with Me') and John McIntire ('The Chaser')

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Jun 27, 2018

Today, June 27th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the births of two TZ performers: Gary Crosby, born on this day in 1933, and John McIntire, born in 1907.

Crosby starred in Season 5 episode "Come Wander With Me," playing rockabilly performer Floyd Burney, who while searching for backwoods song material happens upon a captivating, soulful singer named Mary Rachel, warbling an equally captivating tune. If he had any sense, Floyd would head for the hills, but he's entered The Twilight Zone.

Crosby (1933-1995), of course, was the son of crooner Bing Crosby, and being a singer himself, Floyd Burney was right in his wheelhouse.

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Rockabilly artist Floyd Burney (Gary Crosby, right) finds soulful singer Mary Rachel (Bonnie Beecher, left) in the creepy "Come Wander with Me."

John McIntire co-starred in "The Chaser" as Professor A. Daemon, an odd purveyor of potions who attempts to help out love-starved Roger Shackleforth (George Grizzard), a man obsessed with lovely Leila (Patricia Barry). In real life, McIntire (1907-1991) was married to fellow TZ veteran Jeanette Nolan, so memorable as Granny Hart in "Jess-Belle."

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John McIntire (right) is potion purveyor A. Daemon, attempting to help love-starved Roger Shackleforth (George Grizzard, left) in "The Chaser."

So let's raise a potion and some moonshine to Daemon and Burney, two men heading in opposite directions on the twisted highway of The Twilight Zone.