On this day in 1926, actor Kerwin Mathews was born in Seattle, Washington. Although he portrayed Johann Strauss, Jr. in "The Waltz King," a 2-part episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in 1963, Mathews is best remembered for his series of adventurous swashbuckling movies.
He appeared in such films as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Battle Beneath the Earth, and Jack the Giant Killer. Mathews played storybook fantasy heroes who fearlessly faced sword-wielding skeletons and other mystical creatures (created by special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen).
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