Friday, December 16, 2016

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... taking a stroll with Edson.

I told you guys the other day that I've started watching The Twilight Zone series for the (mostly) first time -- last night I caught the episode about the killer talking doll ("My name is Talky Tina and I don't forgive you!") and the episode called "The Eye of the Beholder," one of the best known ones, about ugly pretty people and pretty ugly people and pleased to meet you, Edson Stroll.

I guess he was a bodybuilder turned actor (it shows!) that showed up just in time for the 60s Beefcake Craze (as if it was limited to just the 1960s or something) - he was actually in two episodes of The Twilight Zone, and I need to watch his other episodes, called "The Trade-Ins" immediately...

After those he was on McHale's Navy for a few years and then mostly took a huge break through the 70s, only to pop up a few times on the shows you'd expect him to have appeared on in the 1980s - Dynasty, check! Hotel, check! Dallas, check! He died in 2011. But he will forever live on as the hideous troll of The Twilight Zone. Just hideous! I gathered up a few more shots of him after the jump...












6 comments:

Mark Alexander said...

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jim said...

As a kid in the 60's, Edson Stroll on McHale's Navy was the first (of many) reason that I knew I was gay.

joel65913 said...

He's a beaut for sure.

Eye of the Beholder is an excellent episode. The show had a high percentage of good vs. mediocre shows, I don't really remember any bad ones just some that didn't work as well as others.

My favorite is the classic Inger Stevens episode The Hitch-Hiker. I LOVE Inger Stevens!! It's so disturbing because of the seeming normality of the situation, the sharp direction and her expert playing, then there's the extra layer of eerieness added by Inger's real life fate.

The rest of my top 5 would be:

The Invaders with Agnes Moorehead
Nothing in the Dark with Robert Redford and Gladys Cooper
The Ring-a-Ding Girl with Maggie McNamara
The After Hours with Anne Francis

And falling ever so slightly just beneath those is "Two" with Elizabeth Montgomery & Charles Bronson as the only two survivors of a war. They seem like such an odd match but that adds to the story.

Hawt said...

The placement of that steering handle though...

Simon said...

Hope you Enjoy watching The Twilight Zone! My favourites are Midnight Sun, and Five Characters In Search Of An Exit!!!
Also Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up.

Anonymous said...

Were bodybuilders back then not focused on ab building? His body looks like ken dolls are someething, but I don't see that many people with that type of body structure anymore. Was it a beauty standard of the time or is it just certain body types?