Today, November 26, This Day in Twilight Zone History remembers actor Adam Williams, who was born on this day in 1922.
Williams (1922-2006), whose real name was Adam Berg, co-starred in two TZ episodes. In "The Hitch-Hiker," he's a kindly U.S. Navy sailor whom frazzled Nan Adams (Inger Stevens) invites to accompany her on a cross-country car trip. In "A Most Unusual Camera," he's Woodward, the conniving brother who joins his sister and brother-in-law in a plan to make a fortune at the racetrack on a camera that films the future.
You might not know Adam Williams by name, but if you've seen Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, you definitely remember him as knife-wielding Valerian, who kidnaps Cary Grant and later stabs a U.N. diplomat (Philip Ober, from TZ's "Spur of the Moment"). MGM had a lot of actors under contract in the late 1950s and early '60s, and thus it's not surprising to see significant crossover between film and TV.
Although he was typecast as a heavy, Adam Williams could play sympathetic characters, too. In Jack Arnold's The Space Children, he plays a concerned scientist/father figure dealing with an alien creature found by local children.
Let us remember a fine supporting player in a show worth supporting forever: The Twilight Zone.