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Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: what do all of the following actors and actresses have in common?

Their better-known roles are listed to jog your memory. (If nothing is listed, they’ve been in more roles than Jimmy Carter has peanuts, so you should know who they are.)

  • Cliff Robertson (Ben Parker in Spiderman, the movie)
  • Burt Metcalfe (producer for M*A*S*H – produced 77 episodes after acting career)
  • Donald Pleasence
  • Edward C. Platt (“Chief” on Get Smart)
  • Robert Culp (I Spy)
  • David McCallum (N.C.I.S./The Man from U.N.C.L.E)
  • Edward Mulhare (Devon Miles on Knight Rider)
  • Martin Landau (Space 1999, The X-Files Movie)
  • Martin Sheen (The West Wing, Apocalypse Now)
  • Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H, the movie)
  • James V. Sikking (Doogie Howser – Doogie’s father)
  • Ivan Dixon (James “Kinch” Kinchloe in Hogan’s Heroes)
  • Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Bruce Dern
  • Dabney Coleman (Mr. Drysdale on the Beverly Hillbillies)
  • Carrol O’Connor (All in the Family)
  • Chita Rivera (Chicago, the movie & a zillion other roles)
  • Robert Duvall
  • Vera Miles
  • Sir Cedrick Hardwicke
  • Malachi Throne (It Takes a Thief)
  • William Shatner
  • James Doohan
  • Grace Lee Whitney (Star Trek TOS/STNG)
  • Michael Ansara (Kang from Star Trek – TOS/STNG/Voyager)
  • Eddie Albert
  • James Frawley (The Honeymooners)

This list reads like a veritable “Who’s Who of Hollywood,” doesn’t it?

Answer: All of the actors and actresses listed above starred in the original run of the TV series The Outer Limits in the mid-1960s.

While thinking about a blog post for a web site under development, I started thinking about the original Outer Limits TV show and how much I liked both it and the remake from the last decade or so, and thought I’d look it up online.

You couldn’t afford to make a TV show today with all of those people in it (those that are alive, at least).

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