|Announcement in Lake Geneva paper|
that he'd been hired to teach at the high school.
Every fall, the paper printed the names of new teachers hired for the new school year, and I started there. I was beginning to think I'd been given wrong name of the actor when I noticed in 1951, a Verne Mathews was hired to teach speech and drama. Of course, Kerwin Mathews was his screen name.
|A screen grab from the preview of 5 Against the House|
|Source: IMDb https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048077/|
Mathews went on to star in a number of films, then segued into doing adventure movies where they pioneered the special effect of incorporating cartoon characters into the scenes to interact with the actors.
|The last mention of Kerwin Mathews|
in the local paper, telling people his new movie was
coming to the local drive-in theater.
Mathews traveled the globe to different filming assignments and went on to various roles on television. He retired from acting in 1978 and settled in San Francisco where he ran a clothing and antique store. He died at age 81.
But, he was not forgotten by his alma mater at Janesville High School in Janesville, Wisconsin. They named a street next to the school Kerwin Mathews Court.
Do you know any famous people who have come from your hometown?
Sources: IMBd, Wikimedia, and Lake Geneva Regional News
Pamela S. Meyers has been writing since age eight when she was given a diary. She loves telling stories about her home area of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. When she's not nosing around there for new story ideas, she's at home in northern Illinois with her two rescue cats.
Her latest release is Tranquility Point, Book 3 in her historical series set in Lake Geneva--where else?
What a fun post. I love old movies, so now I'm going to have to watch some Kerwin Mathews films. I'm from Baltimore, Maryland which is a large enough city to have a bunch of famous people, but the ones I always usually think of are Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and TV host Mike Rowe.ReplyDelete
I forgot Michael Phelps was from Baltimore. I saw Mike Rowe once at a PBR bull riding event here in the Chicago Area. He looked familiar to me but I didn't realize until later who he was.Delete
Great post! I don't know that my little home town in Vermont had any movie stars, but I know of an author and an artist. In neighboring towns, Charles Bronson had a home, and Michael J. Fox lived nearby as well.ReplyDelete
Interesting post! My hometown of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, boasts of having Nancy Kulp live here after she retired from acting. She played Jane Hathaway on the Beverly Hillbillies.ReplyDelete