Another name that might not bring up immediate memories, but one look at his childhood face, and you’ll remember him. Herbert was a child actor who appeared as David Hedison’s son in the 1958 film The Fly, forever searching for the white-headed fly. He would also appear in William Castle’s 13 Ghosts, The Colossus of New York, The Monster that Challenged the World, and appearing in such TV shows as Outer Limits, One Step Beyond, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, plus plenty of other regular TV and movie appearances. But like a lot of child actors during that time, they were taken advantage of, both by the system and usually by their parents. After appearing in over 50 movies and TV series, once he quit acting, he had less than $2000 to his name. Struggling with addiction for most of his life, Herbert was finally able to turn his life around and appeared at quite a few movie conventions, getting to meet his fans.
But on Halloween, Herbert passed away from a heart attack, at the age of 66. It’s a damn shame that people like him had to go through such hell, but at least he made it out of it and was at least happy the last part of his life. While I never had the opportunity to meet him, I have a strong feeling that being greeted by fans at these shows really helped him realize that his work all those years ago have made strong impressions on us genre fans and he won’t be soon forgotten.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.