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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Cast Then And Now – Nova Scotia Today

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Captain Buck Rogers and his spaceship, the Ranger 3, were exploring space in 1987 when they got lost and Buck was frozen for 500 years. This was the very beginning of science fiction before it was everywhere. The movie-length pilot episode of the show was shown in theatres before it was shown on TV, and it made over $21 million in North America alone.

Even though the show was only on for two seasons, they were very memorable and sometimes made me feel like I had seen them before. This was mostly because, to save money, some footage and props from the creator Glen Larson’s previous project, Battlestar Galactica, was used. But we’re not here to talk about that Lorne Greene ship. We’re here to talk about Gil Gerard’s Buck Rogers, a mix of Han Solo and James Bond, and the cast that joined him on this intergalactic adventure.

Starting in the late 1970s, 37 episodes of an hour-long special with this group were shown on NBC. Even though the show was only on for a short time, its impact is still felt today, which is a tribute to it and a big part of what makes this cast so great.

Gil Gerard (Captain Buck Rogers)

Gil Gerard in the 25th and 21st century, respectively
Gil Gerard in the 25th and 21st century, respectively

Captain Buck Rogers was a former U.S. Air Force pilot and astronaut. After a freak accident in deep space, he wakes up in the year 2491 and learns that everyone he ever knew has died. Do you remember how he looked like he was frozen in the pilot? Normal dry shampoo was sprayed all over Gerard, making him unable to open his eyes or move. And it looks like he fell asleep while waiting to shoot the scene.

But Gil Gerard was wide awake when he came on the scene in 1971. From 1973 to 1976, he played Dr. Alan Stewart in over 300 episodes of The Doctors, which was his big break. Then, in 1977, he played Frank Powers in what is likely the best movie in the Airport series. Then it was time for him to be the leader of the Buck Rogers cast.

After the short but memorable sci-fi hit, Gerard started making TV movies. He was the main character in the short-lived 1986 series Sidekicks, where he played the cop who taught Ernie Reyes Jr.’s character, who was good at martial arts, how to fight. Soon, though, he didn’t have as many roles. His 1990 show E.A.R.T.H. Force was canceled by CBS after only three episodes.

Adrienne Crow, who had been with Gerard for a long time at the time, wrote and directed a documentary about him. The film showed how his mini-gastric bypass surgery in October 2005 saved his life.

Gerard struggled with his weight because he had an addictive personality. After his divorce from actress Connie Sellecca in the mid-1980s, he went to rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse. His compulsive eating habits got worse, and by the time the documentary came out, he weighed over 350 pounds and had many life-threatening health problems, including type 2 diabetes. But the surgery changed Gil’s life, and in just ten months, he lost 145 lbs.

It also helped him get back in front of the camera. In 2007, he worked on the TV movie Nuclear Hurricane with his Buck Rogers co-star Erin Gray. And from Bone Eater to Dire Wolf, the 78-year-old actor isn’t making any classics, but at least he’s still working. And he did have a small part in the good action-comedy The Nice Guys, which came out in 2016. If you haven’t seen that one, you should.

Twiki: Felix Silla and Mel Blanc


Here, we must raise a glass to two important parts of the Twiki, a small drone made to work in the space mines. Felix Silla did all of the physical work. He was born in Italy and learned how to be a circus performer there. In 1955, he moved to the United States and joined The Ringling Brothers Circus right away. He started acting in 1963, and just two years later, he was the hairy Cousin Itt on the scary Addams Family.

Because he was small, he was able to play iconic characters like the Polka Dotted Horse in HR PufnStuf and an Ewok in Return of the Jedi in 1983. In 1992’s Batman Returns, he played the Emperor Penguin, which was his last small but important role. Silla lost her battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away in April 2021. He had lived for 84 years.

We also have to mention that Twiki’s voice is done by the legendary Mel Blanc.

Twiki was first meant to just make electronic noises that couldn’t be understood, like “biddibiddibiddibiddi.” But they thought that was too much like R2-D2 from Star Wars, so they changed his vocal patterns. Mel Blanc was known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” and he is thought to be one of the most important voice actors of all time. He gave life to Bugs Bunny, Mr. Spacely, and Barney Rubble, all of whom are well-known cartoon characters. Blanc died in 1989, when he was 81 years old.

Tim O’Connor (Dr. Huer)

Tim O’Connor in the cast of Buck Rogers and after
Tim O’Connor in the cast of Buck Rogers and after

 

The Defense Directorate is run by Dr. Huer. He was the wise and helpful person who took Buck under his wing. Buck Rogers was the main character, but Dr. Huer was an important part of the show from the beginning. Even though he had to tell Buck that Chicago and other places like it were no longer on Earth, he was wise and gave the show some stability.

Tim O’Connor started acting in the mid-1950s, but he is best known for his role as Elliott Carson on the long-running show Peyton Place. He was in more than 400 episodes of that soap from 1964 to 1968. He was also on the cast of Barnaby Jones and the popular drama series Dynasty, in addition to Buck Rogers. The Naked Gun 212 was one of his last big roles.

O’Connor stopped acting for most of the time in 1997, but she did work with Erin Gray again in the 2011 drama Dreams Awake. O’Connor loved to sail, and he owned a 32-foot Pearson Vanguard sailboat that he liked to take to the waters off Mexico. Tim died in 2018 of colon cancer at his home in California. He was 90 years old, which is an impressive age.

Thom Christopher (Hawk)

Thom Christopher as Hawk and today
Thom Christopher as Hawk and today

In the second season of the show, Hawk was known as a warrior who was half human and half bird. We can’t follow where his wings went, but his bird-shaped spaceship made viewers with big dreams green with envy.

Thom Christopher is best known for his role in the cast of Buck Rogers, but you may also remember him from his two-parter in season four of Kojak or his 24-episode arc as Carlo Hesser in One Life to Live.

Since that soap opera storyline, he hasn’t done much acting, but he was in the 2017 movie ADDicted. He is 81 years old now, and we hope he is still wearing that bird helmet.

Erin Gray (Colonel Deering)

Erin Gray then and now
Erin Gray then and now

 

Colonel Deering was in charge. He was a romantic interest for Buck, and all the young men who watched Buck Rogers back in the day hoped he would be a romantic interest for them, too. Her character was a loyal defender of Earth who gave all the viewers something to look up to.

Erin Gray’s first job was as a model. She dropped out of UCLA and moved to New York City to keep going in this direction. By 1975, she was one of the best in the country and was making around $100,000 a year. In her first acting job, an episode of Maude from 1976, she even played a model.

But her work on the cast of Buck Rogers is what people, especially men, remember her for most. But Erin was aware of her sexual appeal. It wasn’t hard to see, since she had to be sewn into her costume because it was so tight. This was a lot like Sandy from Grease, whose last costume was also very tight.

But Erin Gray had a lot of attention in the show, and as the female lead, second only to the main character, she was one of the first strong female characters in a science fiction setting. “A woman can be a colonel!” she said. A woman can run the show! Back then, those were new ideas.”

Then, in the 1980s, she played Kate Summers on the five-season sitcom Silver Spoons, which was also a hit. She may never again be as famous as she was in Buck Rogers or Silver Spoons, but she is still working. In 2006, she starred in the musical comedy Siren. She has been in a few Lifetime holiday movies recently, with 2018’s My Christmas Inn being the most well-known.

She also does a little bit of work as a booking agent. Her agency, Heroes for Hire, specialises in getting science fiction and fantasy stars to make personal appearances, give speeches, and help raise money for good causes. Erin is 71 years old and has been interested in ancient arts for a long time. She uses this interest to teach Tai Chi at UCLA.

It’s time to return to the 21st century. We have to say that they got the 25th century right. What was your favourite Buck Rogers episode? Who went to the theatre to see the pilot movie? Did you like a certain person on the show? Tell us in the comments section below, we read all of them.

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