Friday, March 21, 2008

Brian Wilde RIP

Brian Wilde was a British actor who has just died at the age of 80. His name may not be too familiar to people outside Britain; however, his face was a regular one on British TV - particularly in the BBC comedy shows: Porridge and Last of the Summer Wine.

Wilde also had a pivotal role in my all-time favorite film: the 1957 production of Night of the Demon (released in the US as Curse of the Demon), starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. A true classic, the film has more than a few Fortean elements to it - including, for fans of cryptozoology - a close-encounter with a paranormal big-cat.

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