Famous Faces on "Science Fiction Theatre" (Season One)!

by gattonero975 | created - 22 Jun 2016 | updated - 27 Sep 2016 | Public

Blending the discoveries of factual science with the limitless frontiers of fantasy, "Science Fiction Theatre" offered Atomic Age television viewers an intriguing look at the possibilities science could provide us in the near future as well as the immediate present.

Airing from 1955 to 1957 and hosted by Truman Bradley, "Science Fiction Theatre" presented its intelligent and fantastic stories in an anthology format, pre-dating "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits". Guest stars on this unique program featured a roster of actors well-known to any lover of classical films and television.

"Science Fiction Theatre" was and still is an entertaining look back and foward to the way science shaped and shapes our view of the world's potential.

"Let me show you something interesting...."

1. Louis Jean Heydt

Actor | The Big Sleep

An American character actor who specialized in "average joes", often timid or down-on-their-luck, Louis Jean Heydt was born in Montclair, New Jersey, and educated at Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. He intended a career in journalism and worked as a reporter for the old New York World, but ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Lt. Col. Van Dyke"

2. Rachel Ames

Actress | General Hospital

Rachel Ames has the distinction of being the longest-running performer on ABC Daytime's longest-running daytime drama, General Hospital (1963), which she joined on February 23, 1964, less than a year after the program's first air date. She has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award as Best ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Edna Miner" (as Judith Ames)

3. Stanley Andrews

Actor | Road to Rio

Stanley Andrews was born on August 28, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Stanley Andrzejewski. He was an actor, known for Road to Rio (1947), Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and Escape from Devil's Island (1935). He died on June 23, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Sheriff Edgar Simpson"

4. Richard Arlen

Actor | Island of Lost Souls

During World War I, Richard Arlen served in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps as a pilot, but he never saw combat. After the war he drifted round and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, where he got a job as a motorcycle messenger at a film laboratory. When he crashed into the gates of Paramount ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 3 Out of Nowhere (30 Apr 1955) "Dr. Osbourne"

5. Jess Barker

Actor | Reign of Terror

Jess Barker was born on June 4, 1912 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. He was an actor, known for Reign of Terror (1949), Девушка с обложки (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945). He was married to Susan Hayward. ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 3 Out of Nowhere (30 Apr 1955) "Dr. Jeffries"

6. Bruce Bennett

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Herman Brix was a star shot-putter in the 1928 Olympics. After losing the lead in MGM's Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) due to a shoulder injury, he was contracted by Ashton Dearholt for his independent production of The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), a serial and the only Tarzan film between the ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Gen. Troy"

7. Don DeFore

Actor | Romance on the High Seas

Don DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in 1938. In films since 1941, he occasionally played leads in B pictures, but was more often cast as the good-natured buddy of the hero or a likable but gullible character whom the hero has to bail ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 2 Time Is Just a Place (16 Apr 1955) "Al Brown"

8. Tom Drake

Actor | Meet Me in St. Louis

Tom Drake was born on August 5, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Alfred Sinclair Alderdice. He was an actor, known for Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Words and Music (1948) and The Green Hornet (1966). He was married to Isabelle Dunn. He died on August 11, 1982 in Torrance, ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Dr. James Everett"

9. Ellen Drew

Actress | Isle of the Dead

Talented Missouri-born Ellen Drew was born Esther Loretta Ray in 1915, the daughter of an Irish barber. She worked various jobs (accountant, salesgirl) to support her family until her fresh-faced good looks and high-wattage smile earned her a couple of beauty pageant trophies. Encouraged to try her...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Helen Gunderman"

10. John Howard

Actor | The Philadelphia Story

A native Ohioan, John Howard (born John R. Cox, Jr.) had no interest in working in theater until schoolmates at Cleveland's Western Reserve University turned him on to acting. After some work on his college stage, he made his movie debut in a bit part in Paramount's One Hour Late (1934) before ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Dr. Paul Novak"

11. Clark Howat

Actor | Airport

Clark Howat was born on January 22, 1918 in Calaveras County, California, USA as John Clark Howat. He is known for his work on Airport (1970), The Giant Claw (1957) and Billy Jack (1971). He was married to Muriel Mansell. He died on October 30, 2009 in Arroyo Grande, California.

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Capt. Boyce"

12. DeForest Kelley

Actor | Star Trek

Jackson DeForest Kelley was born on January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia, to Clora (Casey) and Ernest David Kelley. He graduated from high school at age 16 and went on to sing at the Baptist church where his father was a minister. At age 17, he made his first trip outside the state to visit an uncle...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Captain Hall, M.D."

13. Douglas Kennedy

Actor | Dark Passage

A tall, powerfully built man, Douglas Kennedy entered films after graduating from Amherst. Making his debut in 1940, he appeared in many westerns and detective thrillers, often as a villain. World War II interrupted his career, and he spent the war years as a Signal Corps officer and an operative ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Col. R.J. Barton"

14. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Dr. Emanuel M. Hall"

15. William Lundigan

Actor | Pinky

The athletic William Lundigan stood 6' 2" and weighed 170 pounds. He played football, basketball and tennis at Syracuse (NY) University. He was discovered by Charles R. Rogers, head of production at Universal Studios. Rogers happened to tune into radio station WFBL in Syracuse. He was so intrigued ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Maj. Fred Gunderman"

16. Vera Miles

Actress | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Dr. Jan Corey"

17. Hank Patterson

Actor | Green Acres

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas, where ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Mailman Joe Green"

18. Basil Ruysdael

Actor | Broken Arrow

Basil Ruysdael was born on July 24, 1878 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Basil Spaulding Millspaugh. He was an actor, known for Broken Arrow (1950), Colorado Territory (1949) and Pinky (1949). He was married to Kathleen Dobbyn, Rose Swettenham and Eleanor Mason Manierre. He died on October 10, ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955) "Prof. Samuel Carson"

19. Warren Stevens

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Warren Stevens was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Navy at age 17. His interest in acting was piqued while he was attending Annapolis, and this resulted in 12 weeks of summer stock in Virginia. His friends, Gregory Peck and Kenneth Tobey, later arranged interviews for Stevens at the renowned ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 2 Time Is Just a Place (16 Apr 1955) "Ted Heller"

20. Kenneth Tobey

Actor | Innerspace

Born in Oakland, California, Kenneth Tobey was headed for a law career when he first dabbled in acting at the University of California Little Theater. That experience led to a year and a half of study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Lieutenant Dunne" (as Ken Tobey)

21. Marie Windsor

Actress | The Killing

A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 2 Time Is Just a Place (16 Apr 1955) "Nell Brown"

22. Truman Bradley

Actor | Lone Star Ranger

Truman Bradley was born on February 8, 1905 in Sheldon, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Lone Star Ranger (1942), 'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940) and Treat 'Em Rough (1942). He died on July 28, 1974 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

"Host / Narrator"

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 1 Beyond (09 Apr 1955)

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 2 Time Is Just a Place (16 Apr 1955)

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 3 Out of Nowhere (30 Apr 1955)

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955)

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955)

23. John Bryant

Actor | The Bat

John Bryant was born on August 10, 1916 in Dixon, Illinois, USA as Charles Briton Yonts Jr. He was an actor, known for The Bat (1959), Red Snow (1952) and I'll Give My Life (1960). He was married to Janet Read Remick. He died on July 13, 1989 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Warrant Officer Milligan"

24. Walter Kingsford

Actor | The Story of Louis Pasteur

Walter Kingsford was born on September 20, 1881 in Redhill, Surrey, England as Walter Stephen Thomas Kingsford Pearce. He was an actor, known for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). He was married to Alison Bradshaw and Winifred ...

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 4 Y.O.R.D. (30 Apr 1955) "Dr. Lawton"

25. Clarence Lung

Actor | Secret Agent X-9

Clarence Lung was born on October 20, 1914 in Boise, Idaho, USA as Clarence E. Lung. He was an actor, known for Secret Agent X-9 (1945), Operation Petticoat (1959) and The Outer Limits (1963). He died on October 15, 1993 in Quitman, Texas, USA.

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 6 No Food for Thought (23 Apr 1955) "Dr. Lee Suyin"

26. Peggy O'Connor

Actress | Science Fiction Theatre

Peggy O'Connor is an actress, known for Science Fiction Theatre (1955), Take Care of My Little Girl (1951) and I Led 3 Lives (1953).

Science Fiction Theatre : Season 1 Episode 2 Time Is Just a Place (16 Apr 1955) "Ann Heller"



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