April 7, 2011

Wayne Robson (SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD) Dead at 65

You probably won't be as sad as I by this news, but it was announced on Tuesday that Canadian actor Wayne Robson died at age 65.

Wayne Robson (1946 - 2011) in Survival of the Dead

If you live in Canada, you get used to seeing the same Canadian actors pop up time and time again in TV and films. Robson was one of those steady Canadian players I'd often see. With his short stature, comedic timing, and distinctive voice, he was hard to miss even though he played mostly minor characters on film and TV.

Zombie fans may remember him from his minor role in George A. Romero's SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD. He played one of O'Flynn's men helping O'Flynn take advantage of those seeking passage to Plum Island. Robson, however, also appeared in several other horror/mystery/genre pictures such as Wrong Turn, Cube, and Dolores Claiborne, as well as the anthology spoof Really Weird Tales. On TV, he was no stranger to horror-themed Canadian productions, even ones that were more kid friendly or tongue-in-cheek. You might have seen him in several episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre, the "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich" episode of the 1980s Twilight Zone, the "There Was a Little Girl" episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the "Bride of the Living Dummy" episode of Goosebumps, or in the made-for-TV horror anthology movie Mania.

Wayne Robson as the Old Man in Wrong Turn