Born: 24 March 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
When The FBI debuted on 19 September 1965, David Macklin was a seasoned 19-year-old performer who had just begun a run on the ABC sitcom Tammy. He had begun his film/TV career in 1959 with a guest role on Bachelor Father, and went on to do other roles, such as in 1960's The Apartment, as well as The Twilight Zone in 1963.
Mr. Macklin had more guest roles on The FBI than he did on any other series, working from 1965 to 1970. His acting career appeared to have largely ended by the 1980s, but he made an appearance on In Plain Sight in 2008.
Born: 10 December 1933 in Kobe, Japan as Makoto Iwamatsu
Died: 21 July 2006 in Somis, Ventura County, California, USA
Mako did not have much screen time in the 1968 FBI episode “Southwind.” He did, however, make an impact when it came to Asian and Asian-American actors. Born in Japan, Mako was 5 when his parents left to study in New York. When World War II broke out, his parents stayed behind. He joined them when he was 15, and served in the military during the Korean War. After the war, he settled on the West Coast and began his acting career.
His role as Po-han in 1966’s The Sand Pebbles would have been a routine “Oriental” role, except for the fact that the actor brought his special acting skills to make the character stand out. He was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for his performance. That same year, he also gave a memorable performance as Bruce Lee’s adversary in an episode of The Green Hornet. That standout episode featured a sizeable Asian cast, which was fairly unusual for a show from the Sixties. Mako also appeared in many other shows, such as The FBI (of course), and remained active until cancer forced him to stop. As of this writing, 23 July 2006, he has a movie, Rise, that is in post-production.
- “Southwind,” 3 March 1968
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Born: 24 June 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 6 January 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Scott Marlowe made appearances in seasons two through nine of The FBI. A handsome 1950s actor, the bisexual Mr. Marlowe had an affair with Tab Hunter, and a romance with Natalie Wood. That never affected his work, and on The FBI, he often played villains.
And memorably, too!
In the 1968-69 season, he played a Native American who murders a tribal VIP; two years later, he was a sight-impaired motorcyclist who led the Feds on a chase before crashing. Mr. Marlowe went on to make other appearances on different shows all the way to 1999. He died in 2001 of a heart attack at age 68.
- “The Price of Death,” 18 September 1966
- “Overload,” 12 November 1967
- “The Tunnel,” 21 April 1968
- “The Young Warriors,” 9 March 1969
- “Blood Tie,” 9 November 1969
- “The Fatal Connection,” 31 January 1971
- “The Mastermind, Part 1,” 17 October 1971
- “The Mastermind, Part 2,” 24 October 1971
- “The Rap Taker,” 7 January 1973
- “The Exchange,” 21 October 1973
Born: 15 February 1914 in Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: 11 September 2010 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA of pneumonia
Back in 1960, Kevin McCarthy played Walter Jameson, the world’s oldest man, on The Twilight Zone. His character manages to survive through alchemy. Nearly a half century later, Mr. McCarthy was described as “the world’s oldest man” indeed, given the fact that he remained an active actor up to the time of his death in September 2010.
Mr. McCarthy, a blood relative of the late Wisconsin Senator Eugene McCarthy, began his acting career on the stage in the late 1930s, and his film career in 1944. Among his memorable appearances was 1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in which he played the lead role.
And among his NUMEROUS guest roles are three appearances on The FBI, usually in bad-guy roles. He also has had starring roles on two TV shows: The Survivors (1969-70) and Flamingo Road (1981-82).
And, Kevin McCarthy is also known for his role in the famed 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatcher. He even appeared in the 1978 remake of that film.
- “The Spy-Master,” 6 February 1966
- “Counter-Stroke,” 24 September 1967
- “Conspiracy of Silence,” 2 March 1969
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Born: 27 May 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Lee Meriwether brought her classiness when it came to her roles. Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Meriwether was crowned as Miss America 1955, in the pageant’s first televised event. Acting roles soon followed, and she soon became a stock player in Quinn Martin’s group of performers. That led to her roles on The FBI, including her famed stint as Joanna Laurens, Inspector Lewis Erskine’s girlfriend in Season One.
Ms. Meriwether also made appearances on The FBI in 1968 and 1971. Two years later, she became the female lead in the QM series Barnaby Jones, which ran until 1980. Ms. Meriwether is also known for her role as Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie. She remains as popular as ever today.
I met Lee Meriwether in person for the first time in October 2005 at Chiller Theatre in New Jersey, and at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan in May 2006. I reunited with her at the NJ Comic Expo in November 2011. She is one very sweet lady!
- “Slow March Up A Steep Hill,” 10 October 1965
- “Courage Of A Conviction,” 7 November 1965
- “The Giant Killer,” 21 November 1965
- “The Nightmare,” 10 November 1968
- “End Of A Hero,” 21 November 1971
This page updated 12 February 2012.