The NON-Zacherley Zacherley.
Obviously the man beneath the Zacherley make-up had a life outside of monster movies. And like most actors, John Zacherle liked to play other roles.
He did stage shows and print ads. Below we see “family man” John in a July 1962 photoshoot for Calendar magazine.
And here is Mr. Zacherle in an article about Child Adoption from August 7, 1960. (Yes, that’s 55 years ago this month.)
In December of 1960, John performed in a TV drama called “Uncle Harry,” which starred “My Favorite Martian”… Ray Walston. It’s interesting that John Zacherle is listed as John “Zacherley,” playing off his TV fame. His role: “a reluctant confidant with appropriate displeasure.”
Jumping over to the stage, here are some materials from a play John did in August of 1962 at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia. The play was “La Belle,” and his role was “Ulysses.” (Anne DiDio went to the preview show, two nights before the play officially opened.)
And finally, just for fun, here’s an ad I found online for a Zacherley poster… and also a picture of John (in the DiDio household) posing with that same poster.
Part 4 coming soon!
[All of Anne’s photos are (c) Dan DiDio]