Before They Were Stars: Jeffrey Combs in a PBS Stage Production

In today’s “Celebrity Birthday of the Day” feature on Jeffrey Combs, Gill remarked that about 95 % of his film and television work has been in horror and sci-fi, but what many people don’t know is that Mr. Combs had a fairly distinguished run as a stage actor very early in his career before he became typecast in those genres. This clip is from a 1983 stage production of the Thornton Wilder play, The Skin of Our Teeth, which was broadcast live on the PBS series, American Playhouse. The person who originally posted this clip on Youtube provided this write-up about Combs’ work on the stage, which was quite extensive until Re-Animator pretty much changed the course of his career forever:

Later this same year, Jeff would go on to win the prestigious LA Drama Critics Circle award for his portrayal of Christy Mahon in “Playboy of the Western World.” Throughout his theatrical career, Jeff played numerous and diverse roles, spanning everything from Shakespeare and the classics, to first-run modern and experimental plays. He was praised and heralded by many famous Los Angeles critics and besides his LA Drama Critics Circle recognition, received several Drama-Logue awards and was nominated for a San Diego Critics Circle award for his portrayal of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1985.

Dr. Herbert West doing Shakespeare… who’da thunk it?

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