Actor Robert Wolders dies at 81

Robert Wolders in The Man From Thrush Affair, a fourth-season episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Robert Wolders, an actor who was married to actress Merle Oberon and was the long-time companion to Audrey Hepburn, died last week at the age of 81, according to an obituary published by The Hollywood Reporter.

His roles included playing a guest agent in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode The Man From Thrush Affair.

The episode was filmed in the fall of 1967. In real life, the script was of the episode was revised so series co-star David McCallum could marry Kathy Carpenter and have a short honeymoon.

In the final version, Solo (Robert Vaughn) and agent Andreas Petros (Wolders) infiltrate an island taken over by Thrush. The villainous organization has enslaved the island’s population and has built a device that can cause earthquakes around the world.

Wolders also was a co-star for the second season of Laredo, a Western series that ran from 1965 to 1967.  The series mixed comedy and drama, with Wolders playing Erik Hunter, a worldly addition to the Texas Rangers.

Wolders’ death was first noted by the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund

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Historian takes a brief look at North by Northwest

Cover art for a North by Northwest Blu Ray release

Michael Beschloss, a historian who writes about U.S. presidents, turned his attention over the weekend to North by Northwest.

Beschloss’ Twitter feed (@BeschlossDC) often notes the anniversary of major historical events, accompanied by photos and illustrations. But he also posts tweets about the arts and society.

For North by Northwest, the 1959 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Beschloss had two posts.

One tweet included part of a document from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which would release the movie, to National Park Service concerning how Mount Rushmore would be used in the movie.

“None of our characters would tread upon the faces of the Presidents,” the document reads.

Beschloss also tweeted a photo of a brochure marked up by screenwriter to work out the Mount Rushmore sequence.

You can take a look for yourself.

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