Lloyd Bridges and his shrink-wrapped batch. IN COLOR. – Sea Hunt #13

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My favorite professor back in college had a nice one-liner about the mummified Strom Thurmond (this was in the late 1990s): “Strom Thurmond ran for President against Harry Truman in 1948, and he wasn’t young then.”

I’ve always felt something similar for the late, great Lloyd Bridges. My generation came to know him as the glue-sniffing airport chief in Airplane and Seinfeld foil Izzy “It’s go time!” Mandelbaum, but this acting family patriarch had a long and varied career. He starred alongside Gary Cooper in the all-time great film High Noon, guested as Cain in the original Battlestar Galactica, had roles in madcap farces during the ’90s, and everything in between. His greatest star turn, though, came at the end of the 1950s and into the next decade with the syndicated scuba diving adventure show Sea Hunt.

Late 1950s. Early 1960s. And he wasn’t young then.

Sea Hunt is a strangely hypnotic series. It…

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