In Praise of William Schallert

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“Hey, isn’t that whatsisname?” Chances are, if you’ve watched classic movies and TV shows, you know William Schallert. The actor, who died today at the ripe old age of 93, was never a star, but contributed many fine supporting performances in over 300 films and television episodes. He was one of those guys that, if you didn’t know the name, you certainly recognized the face.


Schallert’s career stretches back to the late 40’s, with an uncredited role in THE FOXES OF HARROW, starring Rex Harrison and beautiful Maureen O’Hara. The young actor also popped up in MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, the first of his many science fiction films. Schallert had a meaty part as greedy Dr. Mears in Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1951 THE MAN FROM PLANET X , and appeared in GOG, THEM, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, and THE MONLITH MONSTERS. He would return to the genre later in his career in…

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Artist Profile: Mort Engle

Mort Engle is a mystery man.  Other than that he was active as an illustrators in the 1950s and the 60s and he was sometimes credited as Mort Engel, I could not find any biographic information on him.  If you’re reading this and you have any information to share about the life of Mort Engle, please leave a comment.  Until then, we’ll just have to let Mort Engle’s work speak for itself.