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'Plan 9 From Outer Space' star Gregory Walcott dies at 87

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Actor Gregory Walcott, perhaps most recognizable for his role in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, died on March 20 at the age of 87.

Walcott’s son, Todd Mattox, announced Walcott’s passing on his Facebook page earlier this weekend.

Walcott’s career extended far beyond his role in the Ed Wood cult classic, with dozens of credits in film and television. The actor frequently had roles in Clint Eastwood projects, beginning with CBS’ Rawhide and continuing through several other projects like Joe Kidd.

His first role came in 1952 in an uncredited role in Red Skies of Montana, and he appeared in many other projects from Mister Roberts in 1955 to Prime Cut in 1972 to Norma Rae in 1979. Walcott had a number of recurring or notable roles on television as well, including in shows like 87th PrecinctDallas, and Land of the Lost. His final appearance came in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood biopic in 1994. He also released a memoir in 2003, Hollywood Adventures: The Gregroy Walcott Story.

Walcott was raised in Wilson, North Carolina, and is survived by three children, including Todd Mattox.