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Sidney Murray Matheson (1 July 1912 – 25 April 1985) was an American-based Australian actor. He appeared on stage and in films and television programs until 1983.
|Born||1 July 1912|
Casterton, Victoria, Australia
|Died||25 April 1985 (aged 72)|
|Other names||Sidney Murray Matheson|
|Occupation||Actor: stage, film, television|
Matheson was born in Australia, where he grew up on a 3,000-acre sheep station. When he was 12, he saw a production of Sally by a touring company, and that experience sparked his desire to be an actor.
Matheson's first film appearance was as Joe Lawson in The Way to the Stars, a.k.a. Johnny in the Clouds (1945). He played the clown in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit". He made guest appearances in two 1964 episodes of CBS's Perry Mason: murder victim B.K. Doran in "The Case of the Accosted Accountant." and murderer Howard Hopkins in "The Case of the Wooden Nickels."
Some of his best-known film and television roles include:
- Felix Mulholland in the NBC Banacek series
- Benjamin Ovington in the movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
- The Clown in the Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit"
- Mr. Agee in the "Kick the Can" segment of The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
- Dr. John Keith in the film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
- Talbot in the "Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies" episode of Hawaii Five-O (1973) Season 6, episode 8.
In 1960 Matheson appeared as Alexander on the TV western Laramie on the episode titled "Duel at Parkinson Town." In 1960-61, he was cast as Geoffrey Carey in "The Archer's Ring" and as the High Priest in "The Perils of Penrose", respectively, on the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. In 1961, he played the lead guest-starring role in the episode "A Rope for Charlie Munday" on another ABC adventure series, The Islanders, co-starring William Reynolds. In 1969, he guest starred in Bewitched season 5 episode 28, " Samantha's Good News ". In 1970, he appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Silent Force, and in 1978 he appeared in the "Murder! Murder!" episode of the NBC crime drama The Eddie Capra Mysteries. In 1982 he made an appearance on The Facts of Life S4 E11.
Matheson's ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
|1945||The Way to the Stars||Joe Lawson|
|1945||Journey Together||Lancaster Crew|
|1946||School for Secrets||Wing Cdr. Allen|
|1948||The Secret Tunnel||Mr. Henderson|
|1949||The Fool and the Princess||Graham Ballard|
|1952||Hurricane Smith||Dr. Whitmore|
|1952||Plymouth Adventure||Christopher Martin||Uncredited|
|1952||Botany Bay||Rev. Mortimer Thynne|
|1953||Jamaica Run||Inspector Mole|
|1953||Flight to Tangier||Franz Kovac|
|1953||King of the Khyber Rifles||Maj. Ian MacAllister|
|1954||The Bamboo Prison||Comrade Clayton|
|1955||Love is a Many-Splendored Thing||Dr. John Keith|
|1962||The Notorious Landlady||Neighbour||Uncredited|
|1963||Wall of Noise||Jack Matlock|
|1963||The Fugitive||Earl Morehead||Episode: "Ticket to Alaska"|
|1964||Signpost to Murder||Dr. Graham|
|1966||Assault on a Queen||Captain|
|1967||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Benjamin Ovington|
|1968||In Enemy Country||Uncredited|
|1969||Explosion||Owner of Jaguar|
|1972||A Fan's Notes||Clarke Institute doctor|
|1973||Arnold||Lord Arnold Dwellyn||Voice, Uncredited|
|1978||Rabbit Test||Dr. Mario Lowell|
|1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Mr. Agee||(segment "Kick the Can")|
- Kleiner, Dick (16 June 1973). "Banacek's Felix Once Sheepman". The Ogden Standard. Utah, Ogden. p. 23. Retrieved 11 July 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Biography at FilmReference.com