Harry Townes was born September 18, 1914 and passed away on May 23, 2001.
He performed in several New York and Broadway stage productions, including summer stock. During World War II, he left the stage to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps. Discharged in 1946, he returned to the stage and then relocated to perform in Hollywood.
As a character actor, Townes was a familiar face to television viewers in the 1950s and 1960s. His expanded range led him to fill a variety of roles, and he avoided being typecast. He made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of title character Newton Bain in the 1964 episode, “The Case of the Woeful Widower.” He also made three appearances on Bonanza and seven on Gunsmoke and in The Fugitive. He made single and double appearances on numerous other television series. Besides appearing in twenty-nine films, he is credited with more than two hundred television roles. He gained a cult following with a younger audience for a guest shot on “The First”, a two-part episode of The Incredible Hulk. He played Dell Frye, a man who also had the ability to transform into a Hulk-like creature. “The First” is one of the most popular episodes from the TV series largely because of Townes’ performance
Some of his sci/fi roles were:
The Twilight Zone – episodes “The Four of Us Are Dying” (1960) and “Shadow Play” (1961)
The Outer Limits as Dr. Cliff Scott in “O.B.I.T.” (1963)
Star Trek – episode “The Return of the Archons” (1967)
Planet of the Apes – 1 episode ” The Interrogation ” (1974)
Ark II (episode “Omega”) – (1976) (a story and role very similar to those of his Star Trek appearance)
The Incredible Hulk – 2 episodes “The First” (Parts 1 and 2) as Dell Frye (1981)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century – episode “The Guardians” as The Guardian (1981)
Voyagers! – episode “The Trial of Phineas Bogg” as Professor Garth (1983)
The Warrior and the Sorceress – (1984)
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