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‘The Twilight Zone’: 5 Western Stars Who Appeared on the Classic Series

‘The Twilight Zone’: 5 Western Stars Who Appeared on the Classic Series

Throughout its run on CBS, The Twilight Zone featured some of the greatest TV and movie stars at that time. When it originally aired, some of these actors and actresses established themselves in certain genres. One of those was the Western genre. Five stars from that time found their way into the world of science fiction and mystery created by Rod Serling. Let’s see who these five stars are and what episodes they appeared in on the show.

Lee Marvin

This man made his mark in a number of different movies. From the Western genre, let’s toss in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Cat Ballou. He starred in the third season episode titled The Grave. Marvin plays lawman Conny Miller on The Twilight Zone.

Charles Bronson

In 1961, Bronson co-starred with Elizabeth Montgomery in the episode titled Two. They both happen to be survivors of a battle and end up approaching each other very carefully on The Twilight Zone. His work here showed Bronson’s depth as an actor. Among his many movies are The Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, The Great Escape, and Once Upon A Time In The West.

Jack Elam

If Elam’s name doesn’t sound familiar, then his face will when you see it. Elam co-starred in Western movies and TV shows for 20-plus years. Elam appeared in the 1961 episode Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? He played Avery, who was a bus passenger.

Lee Van Cleef

One of the Western genre’s finest actors, Van Cleef actually co-starred with Marvin in The Grave. He played Steinhart in that episode. Yet people who love the Sergio Leone “spaghetti Westerns” are all too familiar with Van Cleef. He appeared in A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Van Cleef put together a nearly 40-year career in films and TV.

Vera Miles

The actress plays Millicent Barnes in The Twilight Zone episode titled Mirror Image. In it, someone keeps moving Millicent’s suitcase around in a bus terminal. She’s an actress who appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho. She, too, also made an appearance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Miles has put together quite a resume of both movies and TV work.

Those Are Some Of The Stars From ‘The Twilight Zone’

While these five actors are known for their work in the Western culture, they found their way into The Twilight Zone. If you watch the series from time to time, then keep a close eye out for the cast. You just might find an actor’s first role before his or her big break.