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In Honor of Malachi Throne: Hollywood Stars with Memorable Names
Posted By Patrick Kiger On March 20, 2013 @ 9:41 am In Legacy | No Comments
Actor Malachi Throne, who died on March 13 at age 84 in Los Angeles, had a remarkable career that spanned seven decades and included roles in scores of classic TV shows. Star Trek junkies remember him as the voice of the Talosian leader The Keeper in the series’ 1966 pilot episode, but he also portrayed False-Face in Batman and Noah Bain, the government boss assigned to rein in Robert Wagner’s thief-turned-spy Alexander Mundy, in the hit late-1960s action series It Takes A Thief. But the native New Yorker had another, even more intriguing distinction: Not only did he have one of the most exotic monikers in show business, but it actually was the name on his birth certificate as well.
In fact, the distinctiveness of Throne’s name may have helped make his career. As Throne told an interviewer back in 1968, when he first arrived in Hollywood his agent made the mistake of abbreviating his name to Mal Throne, thinking it eventually would fit better on movie marquees. But after an assistant director irked Throne by addressing him as “Mal baby,” the actor insisted that he be listed by his full, Old Testament name. “I don’t know whether it was numerology or integrity,” he explained, “but everything has been going great since I dumped Mal Throne.”
In honor of Throne, we offer a list of the 10 Hollywood stars with the most memorable names. (You probably can think of even better ones, so post your suggestions in the comments section below.)
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