Friday, August 04, 2006

RIP Robert Cornthwaite


Far too many veteran actors, including Jack Warden, Mako and Red Buttons have passed away recently. However, I hadn't even heard about the passing of Robert Cornthwaite, on July 20th at the age of 89.

Although Mr. Cornthwaite has well over a hundred film and television roles listed on the IMDB, he acheived immortality with his first credited part, as the seminal misguided scientist Dr. Carrington (the originator of the "they're techologically superior to us, so they must be morally superior to us, too" school of thinking) in Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World. Frankly, if he had stopped there, he never would have been forgotten.

However, he was just starting, and as recently as 2005 worked in the sci-fi spoof The Naked Monster (as, fittingly, Dr. Carrington--thus the role that made him was his first [credited] role, and his last as well). In the meantime he appeared in several movies and dozens and dozens of TV shows.

Genre fans should keep an eye out for him in the films War of the Worlds (1953), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and Colossus: The Forbin Project. (Cornthwaite also helped dub the American cut of Reptilicus!). As well, eagle eyes viewers might spot him appearing in such TV shows as Maverick, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, Thriller, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Munsters, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Get Smart, Batman, The Monkees, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The FBI, the pilot movie for The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Laverne & Shirley, Murder She Wrote and several billions others.



At 10:48 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

He was always pretty good, no matter the role. He used to tell that the makeup on him in THING was so convincing that many people thought he was really an old man, and were surprised when this youngish guy showed up to act.

At 1:52 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I have to admit, I was completely surprised when I saw that was his *first* credit. The make-up is very effective, but kudos also to his acting, which projects the authority of an older man without hamming it up in any way.

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