Video of the Week: “Fire Man”

Our video this week is the first of two episodes of The Greatest American Hero in which Timothy appears. It’s “Fire Man,” and it was first broadcast on May 6, 1981. He portrays crooked auto yard manager Cameron, a fellow with a nasty disposition and interesting eyebrows. He first appears at about the 19 minute mark.

Again, it’s Hulu, so I apologize in advance for the ads. As I believe I’ve mentioned before, this episode was directed by Gabrielle Beaumont, who holds the distinction of being the first female director in the Star Trek franchise. Engage!

Pic of the Day: “Home to Methuselah” revisited

Today we take another look at the long-running Western series The Virginian and the episode “Home to Methuselah,” which was first broadcast on November 26, 1969. Outlaws in hiding Zach Ontro and Jase Dubbins (Anthony D. Call) ponder their futures. Ontro is especially adamant in warning Dubbins about the dangers of women, “with their hair hangin’ long,” snaring men into tepid domesticity. It brings a weird kind of subtext to the scene.

Home to Methuselah - 1969

Call was directed in this episode by his father, Abner Biberman. Trekkies will remember Call as the overheated Lt. Bailey in the original series episode “The Corbomite Maneuver” (11.10.66). He later became a popular soap opera star. He and I also happen to share the same birthday – August 31! Virgos rule!

Pic of the Day: “Ambush” revisited

Our pic of the day is another from the Kung Fu episode “Ambush,” first aired on April 4, 1975. Bad guy Bix Courtney is under the wary eye of saloon manager Fred (Gene Dynarski).

Ambush - 1975

Dynarski has been a solid television mainstay since the 1960s. Trekkies will remember his appearances in both the original and Next Generation series. Timothy worked with a lot of Star Trek actors! I personally wish he had turned up in my favorite episode of the original series, “A Piece of the Action” (1.12.1968).

Pic of the Day: “Angels on Ice” revisited

Our pic for today looks once again at the Charlie’s Angels episode “Angels on Ice,” which first appeared on your television screen on September 21, 1977. Timothy and Lee Delano are members of a shady Middle Eastern gang planning mayhem during an ice show.

Angels on Ice - 1977

Delano was a busy character actor in films and on television for over 30 years. He also did lots of stage work and co-founded a theater and drama school. Trekkies will remember him as Kalo in my favorite episode of the original Star Trek series, “A Piece of the Action” (1968).

Video of the Week: “Fire Man”

This week’s video is an excerpt from “Fire Man,” the episode of The Greatest American Hero that was first broadcast on May 6,1981. Timothy is shady auto yard proprietor Cameron, who takes great pleasure in throwing our hero (William Katt) off his property.

Tim appears in part 3 as well, so don’t miss! Sorry about the Portuguese subtitles (I really want to learn that language someday). It’s worth noting that this episode was directed by Gabrielle Beaumont, the first female director in the Star Trek universe.

Pic of the Day: “The Golden Wolf” revisited

Our pic for today takes us back to “The Golden Wolf,” the episode of Cowboy G-Men that first aired on September 27, 1952. Tim’s wolf hide rustler Jake Kirby battles with cowboy G-man Stoney Crockett (Jackie Coogan). I believe Crockett has just bit Kirby’s hand. Ouch.

The Golden Wolf - 1952

It just occurred to me that Timothy would have made an awesome Lurch on The Addams Family. Not to take anything away from the great Ted Cassidy, mind you. It’s fun to think about the roles for Tim that might have been in some alternate universe. For instance, I think he would have been a great villain on Batman, and what an interesting Klingon he might have proved to be…

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another look at “Fade In to Murder,” the Columbo episode that first aired on October 10, 1976. Tim is deli proprietor Tony, only a pawn in TV star Ward Fowler’s (William Shatner) murderous plan.

Fade In to Murder - 1976

This was Timothy’s third and final appearance on Columbo. He and Shatner had also previously co-starred in the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (1966). Shatner’s Star Trek comrade Walter Koenig also appears in this episode, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) not with Shatner.