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The Unknown Actor Who Appeared in More Twilight Zones Than Anyone Else

He acted in more Twilight Zone episodes than anyone other than Rod Serling himself.* Eight, to be specific — twice as many as Zone veterans Jack Klugman and Burgess Meredith. Yet hardly anyone remembers his name.

I’m talking about Jay Overholts. If you’ve never heard of him, don’t feel bad. He always assumed bit parts, often with little dialogue. But you’ve definitely seen Jay.

Remember the doctor in “One for the Angels”, the one who tells Lew about Maggie’s condition? That was him.

Or the taxi driver in “The Jungle”, who simply drops dead at a stoplight for no apparent reason? Jay again.

Or the ambulance driver at the end of “A Thing about Machines”, talking to the policeman about why Bartlett Finchley wound up dead at the bottom of his own swimming pool? You guessed it. Read the rest of this entry