Some sad and unexpected news: actor Kerwin Mathews, probably best known as playing the leading men of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, has passed away at age 81 in his home in San Francisco.
The unexpected part comes from the fact that I had absolutely no idea that the handsome action hero was gay. Apparently, he (like nearly all gay actors of his day) did not feel that being an out gay man in Hollywood would reconcile with his career ambitions. Mathews is survived by his partner of 46 years, Tom Nicoll.
In 1963, Mathews played Johann Strauss Jr. in the Disney television production The Waltz King. I remeber even at the tender age of 11 that I thought he was beautiful.