Listed: William F. Nolan, Cloris Leachman, Arte Johnson, Earl Hamner Jr., Jason Wingreen, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Bare, Don Keefer, Arlene Martel, John Tomerlin, Jack Klugman, Richard Matheson, Anne Francis, Del Reisman, Kevin McCarthy, Lamont Johnson, Bill Erwin, Lois Nettleton, Burgess Meredith, Robert McCord.

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William F. Nolan

William F. Nolan, 1928-2021

Perhaps most famous for co-authoring “Logan’s Run” with TZ alumnus George Clayton Johnson, Nolan was a member of the informal writers’ group Southern California Sorcerers, which included Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. Nolan published roughly 2000 pieces, to include biographies, short stories, poetry, and novels—beginning with Ray Bradbury Review in 1952, a book of art, fiction and articles.

Cloris Leachman in "It's a Wonderful Life"

Cloris Leachman, 1926-2021

Bill Mumy (with Leachman above, in “It’s a Good Life”): I had the great privilege and pleasure of working closely with Cloris Leachman four times in my acting career. I played her son in all four of those projects which were starring roles for both of us. We worked on “The Loretta Young Show”, “Going My Way” (with Gene Kelly) and “The Twilight Zone” (in the classic episode, “It’s A Good Life” and the sequel 40 years later, “It’s Still A Good Life” which also starred my daughter, Liliana Mumy). I’ve been fortunate to work with many iconic talents over the course of my life, but NONE were better than Cloris. She was an amazing talent. … I’m sorry she’s gone but I am grateful she was here for so long and left us so much. … Thinking Real Good thoughts for you, “Mom”… You had a good life… A Real Good life.

Arte Johnson, 1929-2019

Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Hamner, Jr. 19232016

Jason Wingreen, 1920-2015

  • Appeared in The Twilight Zone’s “A Stop at Willoughby” and “The Midnight Sun,” Night Gallery’s “The Nature of the Enemy,” and Rod’s final original script to be produced during his lifetime, “The Sad and Lonely Sundays.”
  • Wikipedia
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

George Clayton Johnson, 1929-2015

Richard Bare, 1913-2015

Twilight Zone "It's a Good Life"

Don Keefer in “It’s a Good Life”

Don Keefer, 1916-2014

Arlene Martel, 19362014

John Tomerlin scripted “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”

John Tomerlin, 19302014

Klugman in “A Game of Pool”

Jack Klugman, 1922-2012

Richard Matheson and son

Richard Matheson and son share a 1980s magazine cover

Richard Matheson, 19262013

Anne Francis

Anne Francis, 1930-2011

  • Starred in “Jess-Belle” and “The After Hours,” one of TZ’s iconic episodes
  • Best known for 1960s TV show Honey West and 1950s movie Forbidden Planet
  • More in the Tony Albarella article One for the Recent Angels

Del Reisman

Del Reisman

Del Reisman, 1924-2011

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy, 1914-2010

  • Played the lead in “Long Live Walter Jameson”
  • Starred in the original version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • More in the Tony Albarella article One for the Recent Angels

Lamont Johnson, 1922-2010

  • Winner of multiple Emmy awards
  • Directed “The Shelter,” “Nothing in the Dark,” “Kick the Can,” and “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”
  • More in the Tony Albarella article One for the Recent Angels

William Self

William Self, 1921-2010

  • Credits as a TV producer and production manager include shows like Twelve O’Clock High, Batman, The Green Hornet. Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, Daniel Boone, Peyton Place, and, of course, The Twilight Zone.
  • More in the Tony Albarella article One for the Recent Angels


Bill Erwin, 1914-2010

  • Played characters in “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?,” “Mute,” “Mr. Denton on Doomsday,” and was left on the cutting room floor in “Walking Distance”
  • More in the Tony Albarella article One for the Recent Angels
  • IMDB listing

Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton, 1927-2008

Burgess Meredith, 1907-1997

  • Starred in “Time Enough At Last,” “The Obsolete Man,” “Mr. Dingle, the Strong,” and “Printer’s Devil”
  • Narrated Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • Played a villainous senator in The Man
  • Also known for his roles in 60’s TV Batman and Rocky movies

Robert McCrod

Robert McCord, 1915-1980

  • Background character (no lines) in at least 72 Twilight Zone episodes.
  • His 1947-1969 TV career included multiple appearances in Mike Hammer, Yancy Derringer, Twilight Zone and Wild Wild West, as well as numerous solo appearances.
  • Above: an extra in “In Praise of Pip”
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry
  • Pictorial tribute at, and…
  • Comprehensive list of his 72 (and maybe more) TZ appearances