Favorite Twilight Zone Acting

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    I had interesting fun doing a similar thread of best Star Trek acting, so I figured I'd do the same things with the TZ marathons I watch every New Year's & July 4th. Off the top of my head, my personal standouts:

    The Grave - Lee Marvin being every bit the badass you'd expect him to be, maybe a little more!

    Uncle Simon - The late Constance Ford was sort of like a female Brad Dourif: she delivers certain lines with such ferocious INTENSITY, it's like listening to the thunderous voice of some angry god! "I am no longer sowing, Uncle, now I'VE COME TO REAP!!!!" What a crazy acting flourish that was!

    The Masks - Robert Keith made the greatest, smartest, most interesting grouchy old curmudgeon of a man. I wish it were one of those rare 1-hour episodes so I could enjoy his wonderful scenery-chewing even longer.

    Don't worry if I forgot any, I'm sure I'll list more. These were just the first that came to mind.
     
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    I watched Twilight Zone a lot as a kid. I don't remember the actors usually but there were lots of really cool shows. The one with the kid who had special powers to make anything happen with his mind was one of my favorites.
     
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    Here's another great one: Fritz Weaver as that raging, dictator Nazi type in "The Obsolete Man." Clearly, Mr. Weaver was having a lot of fun in that role.
     
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    That would be "It's a Good Life" with that terrifying Anthony little boy. But I think 1983's Twilight Zone - the Movie did an even better job with it by making Anthony's world so much more wildly cartoonish and bizarrely fascinating than the original episode. With the advantage of modern, big-budget effects, of course.
     
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    Of course the great William Shatner's "hamming it up" sort of goes without saying. After all, this is Captain Kirk!
     
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    On any website I really enjoy TZ threads. Because in the 60-something years of American TV history Rod Serling's TZ is demonstrably the most intensely INTELLIGENT TV show in American broadcast history. It had creepy, formidable mind-fuck twists that make M. Night Shyamalan look like a weak like poseur.
     
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    Obviously this is the best TZ music of all time.

     

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