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October 31 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Charles Herbert ('I Sing the Body Electric')

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Steve Rubin
Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Today, October 31st, This Day in Twilight Zone History remembers actor Charles Herbert, who passed away on this day in 2015 at the age of 66.

Charles portrayed Tom Rogers, one of three children growing up without a mother in the only TZ episode written by Ray Bradbury, "I Sing the Body Electric." In this story, the kids' father (David White), a workaholic, is concerned that his children aren't getting proper parenting.

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Charles Herbert won the role of "Tom," a young man who learns to love a robot nanny in "I Sing the Body Electric."

It is Tom who suggests they look into an advertisement in a national science magazine, which is touting the concept of a robot nanny ...

Charles Herbert was a popular performer in genre films of the day. He's best known for playing Philippe Delambre, the son of a scientist (David Hedison) who turns into a half-fly creature in The Fly (1958). I always remember him as the Massachusetts pre-teen who goes through a time warp and ends up in the 18th century in Bert I. Gordon's The Boy and the Pirates (which co-starred another TZ youth veteran, Susan "The Fugitive" Gordon).

I'm not much of a collector, but I still have a 1958 Revell model catalogue, and I was looking at it the other day, and who should be holding a spaceship on the cover ... Charles Herbert, who picked up some extra coin in those days as a young male model.

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Actor Charles Herbert (front row, right) picks up some extra coin modeling for Revell in this 1958 model kit catalogue. 

Let's hoist a glass of chocolate milk to one of the youngest performers to enter the 5th dimension.

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