Celebrity Cast

When we began making "Supe" it wasn't our intent to involve celebrities. It just sort of happened. Director, Dave Teubner and Producer, Vern Dietsche, Jr. had meet character actor, Alvy Moore while attending a conference on independent filmmaking (Alvy was also a producer, known most for the sci-fi classic, A Boy and His Dog).

From the beginning Alvy was both affable and informative. This gave us the guts to ask him to play Perry Blight, editor-in-chief of the Daily Comet. To our delight he not only agreed, but provided advice on different aspects of filmmaking. Buoyed by this, we started asking other celebrities we had met at various science fiction and fantasy conventions. This was back in the day when the conventions were smaller and more intimate. Then it was easier to meet a celebrity after a panel or some other event. For that matter, it wasn't all that uncommon to bump into one as he or she strolled the convention floor or hotel hallway.

When it was all said and done, we had an amazing group of seasoned professional rounding out our cast. Their performances helped to raise the quality of our production and bring awareness to the public when it was completed. All of them were wonderful to work with; tireless and uncomplaining, often working in the middle of the night. Oh, and they all worked gratis.



Kirk Alyn

Pa Cant

Kirk was one of the industry’s great veterans. Starting in vaudeville, he eventually worked his way into motion pictures. He acted in nearly a hundred television shows, feature films and serials such as Blackhawks.

However, he is most remembered for being the original “Man of Steel” as he was the first actor to portray Superman in the serial of the same name. In the 1980s Superman movie, he is briefly seen as Lois Lane’s father.

In Superbman, Kirk once again is a father. This time as Pa Cant, Clark's (aka Superbman) foster father.

A consummate professional, Kirk was always on set, knew his lines and worked tirelessly. He was an inspiration to the entire crew.

On March 14th, 1999, Kirk flew home to heaven.



Bjo Trimble

Ma Cant

When it came time to cast Ma Cant, Superbman's foster mother, there was only one person we had in mind: the inimitable Bjo Trimble.

Bjo (short for Betty Jo) is an author, artist and activist. Considered the first lady of science fiction fandom, it was Bjo (and husband, John) that was the force behind the 1960s letter writing campaign that compelled NBC to retain Star Trek for a third season. Later, she and her husband spearheaded the campaign to have the first of NASA's space shuttles named Enterprise. 

Moreover, in the 1960s and 70s, Bjo and John were responsible for producing some of the finest science fiction conventions on the west coast.

As an author, Bjo has written several books including, The Star Trek Concordance and The Good Ship Enterprise. She was also a featured columnist in Starlog magazine in the 1970s.

Recently, some have speculated that Bjo is practically on her deathbed from a stroke or heart attack. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from fibromyalgia and arthritis, both of which hurt but aren't life theathening, she doing pretty well for 73 years old.

In fact, Bjo currently teaches developmentally disabled adults how to sew and make crafts. Plus, she and John are planning on a weaving and dyeing trip to the Mayan Highlands in March, 2007. If that's not enough, for her 75th birthday she will be on an archaeological dig in Denmark.

Also, the Trimbles own and operate Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts, located in Southern California.



Gary Owens

Narrator

Every story needs a Narrator, and Gary Owens was the perfect man for the job.

Named ten times as the Top D.J. in the United States, this former KMPC radio personality is know to many for his television work on programs such as That 70s Show and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In the 1970s, he was a regular on NBC- TVs Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and was the original host of ABC-TVs Gong Show.

As a voice-over actor, he has been the featured voice in over 1,000 animate cartoons including: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The New Batman Adventures, Space Ghosts, Scooby-Doo and Roger Ramjet. Most recently he was the narrator for Ray Harryhausen's, The Story of the Tortoise & the Hare.

Alvy Moore

Perry Blight:

I Most people recognize Alvy from the Green Acres television series, which aired from 1965 to 1972.  As Mr. Kimble, the Agricultural Inspector, he was one of the funniest and most outrageous characters on the show.

His acting career, which spanned 5 decades, included such films as War of the Worlds, The Wild Ones, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Invisible Boy, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Besides his acting credits, Alvy produced several films, including The Brotherhood of Satan and Harlan Ellison's classic, A Boy and his Dog, which won a Hugo Award for best science fiction.

Alvy's performance as Perry Blight, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Comet was a tour de force of comic timing, providing "Supe" with some of it's finest moments. His humor and wit between takes kept the crew in stitches. Plus, he regaled everyone with his tales of acting with the likes of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe.

Alvy left this earthly stage on May 4th, 1997.



Dave Gerrold

Jel'O

To Superbman fans, David Gerrold is known as Jel'o, Superbman's Kraptonian father. However, to the rest of the world he is a highly respected writer, who began writing professionally in 1967. 

His first sale was "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of Star Trek.  Within five years, he had published seven novels, two books about television production, three anthologies, and a short story collection.  He was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards six times in four years.  Since 1967, he has published more than forty books.  Several of his novels are considered classics, including The Man Who Folded Himself, When HARLIE Was One, and the four books in The War Against The Chtorr. 

Gerrold has written episodes for over a dozen different television series, including Star Trek, Star Trek Animated, Twilight Zone, Land of the Lost, Babylon 5, Sliders, Logan's Run, and Tales From The Darkside.  He has had columns in six different magazines and two websites, including Starlog, Galileo, Profiles, PC-Techniques, Visual Developer, Yahoo, and GalaxyOnline.  In 1995, he won the Hugo and Nebula for The Martian Child, an autobiographical tale of his son's adoption.



Bob Burns

Trainer: Tracy the Gorilla

Filmmaker, actor, science fiction collector, Bob is known to many people for many reasons. For example, Bob's science fiction memorabilia, perhaps the largest collection in private hands, includes the original Time Machine from George Pal's movie of the same name and the original King Kong armature from the 1933 version of Kong.

As an actor, he best know as Tracy the Gorilla from the 1975 television series, Ghostbusters starring Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch.  More recently, he and his wife, Kathy can be seen in Peter Jackson's King Kong.

Perhaps what Bob is best known for is his amazing live Halloween shows featuring scenes from classic science fiction films. The productions, which began in 1967, were produced utilizing the talents of many professional special effects artists, art directors, sound technicians, writers and make-up specialists. Generating lines around the block, the shows were covered annually by CBS, NBC, and ABC News and as well as local stations. Plus, the shows have been written-up in Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and several local newspapers.

Besides producing the Halloween shows, Bob has also produced several films including, Halloween... The Happy Haunting of America! (1997), Hollywood Goes Ape! (1994), and Time Machine: The Journey Back (1993).


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