An actor known for his role on a science-fiction series from the early days of television has died. We Love Soaps reports that Al Markim, who played Astro on “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,” died Nov. 24. He was 88.
The pioneering space show, while primitive by today’s standards, was wildly popular in its day, airing from 1950-1055. ‘Tom Corbett” was one of only a handful of shows to air on all four of the TV networks of the day — CBS, ABC, NBC and DuMont.
Markim’s character was the sidekick of Tom Corbett, played by Frankie Thomas Jr. The series also introduced TV audiences to Frank Sutton, who would become famous as Sgt. Carter on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
Markim went on to a number of other roles, including an early role on the CBS soap opera “Love of Life,” according to the report. He also acted on the stage and co-hosted a number of the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy.
Markim went on to work behind the cameras as a producer, and in 1968 co-founded Teletronics, which evolved into Video Corporation of America. His work in helping to develop the videotape industry in partnership with Sony led to his induction into the Video Hall of Fame in 1996.
Here’s a taste of “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”: