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 from lung cancer.
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.
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” ("The Menagerie") and “ST: Next Gen", "The Big Valley", "The Rockford Files" and “The Outer Limits” (with William Shatner), among many many others.
Malachi was an active member of the Theatre West company in Hollywood and was set to appear in their production of "The Fantasticks".