I hate it when I learn things like this after the fact, from random browsing of the Internet, but actor Don Matheson passed away on June 29, 2014, at the age of 84.
Don Matheson starred in Irwin Allen's LAND OF THE GIANTS (1968-1970), and was pretty much seen in "all things Allen" during that wondrous time of 1960s fantastic television.
|Mark Wilson meets IDAK Alpha-12|
|They weren't always "pals".|
A prime example of this was one of Matheson's finest moments of the series, an episode titled "The Golden Cage" (Air Date: December 29, 1968). This was the sort-of-famous "Girl in a Bottle" episode, with guest star Celeste Yarnall, the ending of which owed as much to Rod Serling as it did to Irwin Allen.
|Mark Wilson rescues "The Girl in a Bottle".|
To digress, a funny thing about my choice for the "Top Five" episodes of LAND OF THE GIANTS... They would be the FIRST TWO ("The Crash" and "Ghost Town"), the LAST TWO ("Wild Journey" and "Graveyard of Fools" -- the latter of which revealed a large portion of the Giants' planet to be a vast, uninhabitable wasteland - somewhat of a shocker from "our" limited perspective of the little people) -- and, of course, "The Golden Cage".
|First Episode: "The Crash"|
|Last Episode: "Graveyard of Fools"|
But, for those who like our "SPACE" extra-campy, there was "Revolt of the Androids" (March 08, 1967), with Matheson as the android-hunting "Instant Destroyer And Killer" IDAK Alpha-12, in which he uttered the immortal and oft-repeated phrase: "Crush! Kill! Destroy!"
Those looking for More-Matheson should look toward the LAND OF THE GIANTS Complete Series DVD set. Included is a "Presentation Reel" (to pitch the series concept -- with, believe it or not, much stock footage from LOST IN SPACE), narrated by Dick Tufeld and hosted by Don Matheson, the first actor hired for LAND OF THE GIANTS.
Also contained therein are seven-plus minutes of interview material with Don Matheson, on LAND OF THE GIANTS, filmed in the nineties.
For a time, Matheson was married to his LAND OF THE GIANTS co-star Deanna Lund.
Don Matheson's credits, per IMDB, can be found HERE.
Thank you, Don Matheson, for all the great moments of fantasy, adventure and fun.