Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy birthday, Rhodes Reason!

Rhodes Reason at his home in March 2011. His poster of King Kong Escapes would no doubt be coveted by all sorts of collectors, big and small. Photo by Brett Homenick.

April 19 marks the 81st birthday of Rhodes Reason, the actor most kaiju eiga fans associate with his starring role in King Kong Escapes (1967). As Commander Carl Nelson, Rhodes provided an anchor of credibility to the picture, which was an otherwise colorful, over-the-top adventure.

In 2007, Rhodes headlined G-FEST XIV, which highlighted the King Kong movies made by Toho Studios. Shelley Sweeney (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1993) was also on hand for the festivities.

Happy birthday, Rhodes! (Oh, and by the way, I did enjoy The King's Speech. Thank you for the recommendation!)

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday Rhodes. I enjoyed 'The White Hunter' British tv series when I was young; especially the fight between Max Early and John Hunter to see who was King of the Jungle. At the time I was reading the autobiography of the real John A.Hunter, a Scotsman, whom Rhodes Reason bears a good resemblance. I tried to get a box DVD set of the series but can't find one for love or money. Hoped they haven't been wiped like the 'Gay Cavalier' series is supposed to be extinct.