We can all name off our favorite actors in film and television, but I'll bet anyone who is a fan of "The Twilight Zone" can name their favorite actors to appear on that show. If you go back and look at the list of performers to appear on that show, it's a who's who of Hollywood's great actors of the day.
Some only starred in a single episode, while others made recurring appearances. The ones who came back again and again are the one I've listed here--at least the five whose performances I've enjoyed the most. After completing this list though, I realized it was absent of a single actress--and "The Twilight Zone" had its share of fantastic female characters. I think I'll have to create another list for today. For now, here are my five favorite male actors to appear on the show:
#5 Jack Klugman ("A Passage for Trumpet", "A Game of Pool", "Death Ship", "In Praise of Pip"): Before The Twilight Zone, I only knew Klugman from Quincy reruns. I was not a fan. Seeing his performances as a struggling pool player, distraught astronaut, and a haunted musician won me over, though. Of the four episodes, I think my favorite performance is from "A Game of Pool". It reminded me a little bit of that Steve McQueen movie about a hustler on his last legs--I liked that movie, and I liked that episode.
As a matter of fact, just writing out this list I have a hankering for some Meredith goodness. Maybe Rocky is on somewhere, or I could search YouTube for a clip of him as the Penguin.
What do you think? Does he deserve the top spot on the list or do you think someone else belongs there?