Newswire: R.I.P. Rex Reason, star of This Island Earth

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, ’50s and ’60s leading man Rex Reason has died after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 86.

Reason was born in Berlin in 1928 while his family was on vacation, and though he reportedly wasn’t especially interested in becoming an actor as a young man, his mother guided him and his younger brother, Rhodes Reason, into the profession. With his classical good looks and baritone speaking voice, however, Reason was a natural fit for Hollywood, and he appeared in almost 50 TV shows and movies in the ’50s and early ’60s. These include the second Black Lagoon sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, as well as The Roaring Twenties and opposite Clark Gable in Band Of Angels.

His most famous role, though, is in the 1955 cult classic sci-fi movie This Island Earth. In that film, Reason played a scientist/jet pilot …

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