Invisible Man, The

Science fiction hero seen (or should I say not seen) on the sci-fi drama THE INVISIBLE MAN/CBS/1958-60.

Based on the novel “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, this sci-fi drama starred English scientist Doctor Peter Brady whose experiments with light refraction had rendered himself invisible.

Putting his new found ability to good use, he began working with British Intelligence as a highly effective espionage agent, thwarting the sinister organizations that threatened the European continent.

The actor playing Doctor Brady was never seen on the series, always being concealed in bandages. Producer Ralph Smart never released the name of the actor who played the invisible man, probably in hopes of adding a little mystery/authenticity to the series.

Later sources reveal Johnny Scripps played the man beneath the bandages and Tim Turner provided his voice laid in during post-production dubbing sessions.

An updated version of THE INVISIBLE MAN/NBC/1975-76 starred David McCallum as Dr. Daniel Westin, a US Government research scientist who tried to keep his experiments of invisibility out of the hands of the US Military.

While he attempted to find an antidote for his invisibility. he worked for KLAE Corporation disguised in sophisticated rubber disguises (a la MISSION IMPOSSIBLE). When he wanted to disappear he just removed his synthetic rubber skin and Poof!, he was not to be seen.

Another reincarnation appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel as THE INVISIBLE MAN/SCI/2000-02 starring Vincent Ventresca as Darien Fawkes, a thief and con man sentenced to life in prison.

Fortunately, his scientist brother Kevin is working on an invisibility project and gets his brother out of jail, if he volunteers as a guinea pig for an invisibility project. Darien agrees and consequently an artificial gland is inserted into his brain.

The gland releases a quicksilver solution that causes light to pass through him. The experiment does have it problems, however. After Darien turns invisible his brain gets in touch with its primal nature and begins to turn Darien insane.

Quickly, the scientist concoct an antidote to keep Darien in check and then use him for a variety of secret government assignments. Darien reports to Charles Borden a.k.a. The Official (played by Eddie Jones).

Note: Jack Griffin was the name of the invisible man in the original Wells novel. Movie actors to portray this unseen hero/menace included Claude Rains, Vincent Price, Jon Hall, and Arthur Franz, as well as Kevin Beacon as scientist Sebastian Crane in the motion picture Hollow Man (2000).

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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