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May 7 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Jon Lormer on the anniversary of his birth

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May 7, 2018

Today, May 7th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember character actor and TZ veteran Jon Lormer, who was born on this day in 1906.

According to IMDb, Lormer is the only actor to make credited guest appearances in each of the first four seasons of the Zone. He played the Minister in "Execution" (salary: $150); a man in "Dust" (salary: $175); Strauss in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" (salary: $175); and a backwoods minister in "Jess-Belle" (salary: $175).

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Jon Lormer, a welcome presence on TV or in the movies, and perfectly comfortable in preacher's garb.  

The serious-faced Lormer (1906-1986) was ubiquitous in series television in the 1950s and 1960s. A native of Canton, Ohio, he was born to play ministers, bureaucrats, shopkeepers, townsmen and parents. He began his television career with bit parts, then took on the recurring role of Harry Tate on Lawman (1958-1959, six episodes) and later Sam Watkins on The Real McCoys (1959-1961, six episodes).

While working on The Twilight Zone, Lormer also played the Autopsy Surgeon in seven episodes of Perry Mason (1959-1963) and he later played the recurring role of Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place (1966-1968).

In 1975, Lormer portrayed Katherine Hepburn's father in Rooster Cogburn, even though he was only one year older than her.

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When it came time to cast the preacher in "Jess-Belle," it was natural to go to Jon Lormer. 

So let's raise a toast to a memorable presence in the Zone, a top character actor in Hollywood and the show that was a haven for Hollywood's best: The Twilight Zone.