Robert Culp, star of the TV classic I Spy, has died at the age of 79. To say he was merely brilliant would be an understatement. Besides I Spy, he also starred as gung-ho FBI agent Bill Maxwell in The Greatest American Hero in the early ’80s.
In honor of a brilliant actor, I give you the themes from I Spy, which I consider to be one of the best ever written for TV, and The Greatest American Hero, which, despite the risk of ridicule, I quite like also…
For me, one of his most enjoyable performances was as Trent, the immortal warrior in the Outer Limits episode, “Demon With A Glass Hand”, written by Harlan Ellison. Truly one of the finest pieces of sci-fi ever presented on television, IMHO.
And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention another absolute classic Outer Limits episode, “The Architects of Fear” – if you are at all a fan of Watchmen, you owe it to yourself to watch this one…
A sad farewell to a true master of his craft, and a role model for ‘cool’…
I would be remiss if I didn’t wish our readers a Happy International Talk Like William Shatner Day! And to commemorate this holiday, let us bask in the warm glow of one of Bill’s most shining moments:
… Exactly why I find this so GODDAMNED FUNNY??
In an earlier post, some discussion was made of reviving the Buck Rogers franchise, and while the proposed movie is still said to be in the works, there is going to be a revival of sorts, in the form of a webseries. Here we see a short teaser trailer:
One thing’s for sure – they definitely seem to be going for retro in a big way for this one. And here we see the young Buck Rogers in his pre-cryogenics days, complete with a couple of guest stars:
This seems to be a tradition – IIRC, Buster Crabbe made an appearance in the TV series…
But for this one, it’s just one word repeated a thousand times:
h/t to Aaron Williams
Peter Graves, best known as Jim Phelps in the long running Mission: Impossible TV series, died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 83.
Probably best known to younger (?) viewers as Captain Clarence Oveur from the Airplane! films, Graves had a long history in the movies, including at least two ’50s sci-fi flicks that were ‘riffed’ by the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Beginning of the End (1957):
Part 1 of It Conquered the World (1956), perhaps best remembered now for the immortal “Man is a feeling creature…” speech:
Fun Peter Graves Facts:
- His older brother was James Arness, aka Marshall Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke.
- Jim Phelps was not the first leader of the Impossible Missions Force – the IMF was led at first by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill, who later went on to play District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law and Order from 1990-2000. Graves took over as leader of the IMF at the beginning of Season 2.
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