Batman’s FALSEFACE, It Takes a Thief’s NOAH BAIN – the man of a thousand and one faces -- movie/TV vet MALACHI THRONE dead at age 84.
The sad news was announced on Facebook by “Justified” “and Supernatural” star Jim Beaver who wrote, “My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I've been fortunate enough to know.”
Born in 1928, Throne was a popular guest star on many TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, including "The Defenders", "Naked City", "Ben Casey" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E", and most notably co-starring with ROBERT WAGNER in "It Takes a Thief" as Noah Bean.
One of Throne’s most bizarre roles was as the villain "False Face" in the ABC Batman (1966) series.
Throne worn a multitude of disguises to effect his evil schemes against Gotham and wore a semi-transparent mask when not in disguise. T
The mask rendered the thesp’s real face unrecognizable on the cathode ray tube.
The show's producers wrote the on-screen credit as "? as False Face", which denied Throne his screen redit in Part 1 of the Bat-cliffhanger but was revealed at the conclusion of the 2nd ep "Holy Rat Race."
He also guested on “Star Trek” and “ST: Next Gen", "The Big Valley", "The Rockford Files"and “The Outer Limits” among many others.
Malachi was an active member of the Theatre West company in Hollywood.
The cause of his death is not known yet.
THORNE, Malachi (Dieter Hermann Comès)
Born: 12/1/1928, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Malache Throne’s westerns – actor.
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963 (Jarvis)
Rawhide (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Joaquin Vallino, Baker)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 (Royal McClintock)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Charles Crown, Frank Colder, Father Andre)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Sean Finnegan)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Kuprin)
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Doc Baldwin)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969, 1971 (Matar, Julio Armendaris)
Longarm (TV) – 1988 (Blalock)