Today, November 30th, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the birthday of actor Jack Ging, who turns 86 today. Ging was featured as a used car lot patron captivated by huckster Harvey Hunicutt (Jack Carson) in "The Whole Truth." He and his wife (Nan Peterson) just want to buy a simple coupe, but an encounter with Hunicutt is never simple...
A native of Alva, Oklahoma, Ging is another actor who, unfortunately, didn't make the cut in my book, so I can now share a few facts about his career. Casting agents seemed to like him particularly in authoritarian roles, either sheriffs and marshals or army officers.
Although he appeared in some high-profile feature films, such as Play Misty for Me (1971) and High Plains Drifter (1973), Ging made more of an impact as a recurring character on a number of television series. In Tales of Wells Fargo, he did 13 episodes as Beau McCloud; in The Eleventh Hour, he did 62 episodes as psychiatrist Dr. Paul Graham; on Mannix, he did eight episodes as Lt. Dan Ives; on Riptide, he was in 29 episodes as Lt. Ted Quinlan; and in The A-Team, he appeared eight times as General Harlan 'Bull' Fulbright.
In "The Whole Truth," Harvey Hunicutt is the authoritarian, but Ging holds his own. So let's offer a twenty-one gun salute to Jack Ging on his birthday – another lively presence in the world we call the ultimate present: The Twilight Zone.