04-26 Happy birthday to the late Vic Perrin, Born: April 26, 1916 and passed away on July 4, 1989.
Victor H. “Vic” Perrin an actor from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States, began acting on radio in the 1940s, with his earliest known network role coming in 1946 as announcer on The Hollywood Music Hall. He became a frequent heavy on the radio version of the Western series Gunsmoke, in addition to regular roles on One Man’s Family and Fort Laramie. Over the next 40 years, he appeared in almost 40 movies and television series, about a hundred television guest appearances, and innumerable radio broadcasts. He appeared with Susan Oliver, Byron Morrow and Paul Comi in the “People Are Alike All Over” episode of The Twilight Zone, and with Robert Lansing in the “Spotlight on a Corpse” episode of Michael Shayne.
Mr. Perrin apeared in multiple episodes of the television series Dragnet, both the original series (1952-1959) and the revival (1967-1970). He played a different role in each episode. He also played a Deputy District Attorney in the 1954 feature film Dragnet, and a serial killer in the TV-movie Dragnet (also known as Dragnet 1966), which served as a pilot for the revival of the series. This pilot film was shot in 1966, the year Star Trek made its debut on NBC, but the network did not broadcast it until 1969, the same year that NBC canceled Star Trek.
Mr. Perrin’s facility with voices, the result of his radio background, earned him a number of voice-only roles, including multiple appearances on the original Star Trek. Fans of the 1960s cartoon Jonny Quest may remember him as the voice of the evil Dr. Zin.
Arguably his most famous voice-only role was as the Control Voice on both seasons of The Outer Limits (1963 – 1965), for which he provided the opening and closing commentary on each episode.
Perrin filmed his scenes for “Mirror, Mirror” on Wednesday 26 July 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.
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