Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: Mutants

The Mutants were a group of irradiated psychic humans who lived beneath the ruins of New York City in the 40th century and worshipped an atomic bomb.

Victor Buono
(credited as "Fat Man")

Victor Charles Buono (3rd February 1938 – 1st January 1982) made his first appearance in 77 Sunset Strip in 1959. He went on to appear in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962) alongside Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. His numerous television appearances included The Untouchables, Perry Mason, Hawaii 5-0, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Man From Atlantis and, in probably his best-known role, as King Tut in Batman (pictured above). 
Victor Buono died of heart failure on New Year's Day 1982 at the tragically young age of 43.

Don Pedro Colley
(credited as "Negro")

Don Pedro Colley (30th August 1938 - 10th October 2017) was a familiar face at science fiction conventions. An accomplished athlete in his younger days, he tried out, unsuccessfully, for the 1960 Olympics. Later he studied architecture at the University of Oregon. His acting career began in the late sixties and among his film and TV credits are appearances in Daniel Boone, The Virginian, THX 1138, The World's Greatest Athlete, Herbie Rides Again, The Dukes Of Hazzard and Piranha. He last appeared onscreen as Sam in Dead End (2016).

Don Pedro Colley passed away, aged 79, on 10th October 2017.

Jeff Corey

Jeff Corey (10th August 1914 – 16th August 2002), was born Arthur Zwerling, the son of Austrian and Russian Jewish immigrants, in Brooklyn. After attending the Feagin School Of Dramatic Art in New York he enlisted in the US Navy and fought in World War II. Following his relocation to Hollywood he was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee and blacklisted for twelve years. During this time he worked as an acting teacher and counted James Dean, Jane Fonda, James Coburn, Leonard Nimoy and Robin Williams among his students.
Corey's numerous credits in film and TV include Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, They Call Me Mister Tibbs, Little Big Man, Paper Tiger, Battle Beyond The Stars, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak and Starsky And Hutch.
Jeff Corey died in 2002, aged 88, in Santa Monica.

Paul Richards
Mendez XXVI

Paul Richard Levitt (23rd November 1924 - 10th December 1974) was familiar to viewers as a prolific guest star in many TV Western series in the 1950s and 60s including The Rifleman, Zorro, Johnny Ringo, The Rebel, Black Saddle, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Trackdown, Rawhide and The Virginian. He went on to appear in  Burke's Law, I Spy, Mannix, Banacek, McMillan and Wife and The Mod Squad. His brief film career includes roles in The St Valentine's Day Massacre, Savage Justice and Triangle.
Paul Richards died of cancer in Culver City, California in 1974, aged just 50.

Gregory Sierra

Gregory Sierra (born 25th January 1937 in New York City) first appeared on the small screen in It Takes A Thief in 1969. He went on to appear in dozens of TV shows including Mission: Impossible, McCloud, The Mod Squad, Alias Smith & Jones, Hawaii 5-0, Columbo, Soap, Gunsmoke, Hart To Hart, Miami Vice, MacGuyver and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
His film credits include The Towering Inferno, Papillon and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid.
Sierra currently resides in Laguna Woods, Orange County, California.

Natalie Trundy

Natalie Trundy Campana, (born 5th August 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts) remains the only major female performer who appeared in four of the original Apes films, and the only one to appear as a human, a mutant and an ape.
Natalie married Arthur P. Jacobs, her second husband, in London in 1968, shortly after he had finished producing the first Apes film. Following his death in 1973 Natalie assumed control of his company APJAC.
Her sporadic appearances since the Apes saga include Mrs Loftus in Huckleberry Finn (1974) and an appearance in Quincy, M.E. in 1978. She has spent recent years volunteering at Mother Teresa's Hospice in Calcutta.

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes: the mutants reveal their inmost selves unto their god.

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