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I remember seeing
Marc Singer in person for the first time in 1991. It was a convention in
Manhattan honoring the 25th anniversary of Star Trek with a variety of guests,
and Beastmaster 2 had just been released. I'd received a flyer about the
convention months before and laughed as I opened it, saying to my husband,
"I don't know why I'm bothering to look at this. Marc is never at
these things," and nearly choked when I saw him listed. We had
enjoyed Marc's movies for so long, it was like he was part of the family.
And now we would get to meet him.
Those of you who are his fans will know what I mean. There's something about Marc that's very appealing, and I don't mean his looks. No, I'm not blind, but there is more to Marc than meets the eye. There is a friendliness about him that jumps from both the big and small screen. His sense of humor is apparent in the twinkle of his eyes; his smile is genuine and warm. When seeing him on a convention stage or speaking with him one on one, he comes across as down-to-earth with a sincere interest in people.
Time hadn't changed Marc when I saw him at V: The Convention in Los Angeles nearly ten years later. He was still the same charming guy I remembered, and it felt like old home week. As before, a lot of Marc's time on stage was spent answering questions from the audience, and interspersed between his responses were stories of on set injuries and shenanigans.
There couldn't have
been a more perfect choice to play Mike Donovan, and to hear Marc tell it, he
enjoyed his time playing the character as well. A physically demanding
series, the downside of Marc doing his own stunts on V caused him to go limping
home on more than one occasion. Remember when the visitor pulls Mike from
the air duct in the Mothership and slams him against the wall? Well, that
one hurt! He also explained how dangerous it could be if an actor didn't
follow the choreography in a fight scene correctly. There were stories of
praise as well, for both his co-stars and director/creator Ken Johnson.
Marc called Ken, a "brilliant filmmaker and storyteller," and said the
entire cast was awestruck when they saw the mini-series for the first time.
He said he was not surprised to find that it is still being aired over a decade
later. Marc's command of the stage was matchless, leaving no part of the
audience overlooked and fielding awkward questions with ease, his energy and
enthusiasm electrifying the room.
Marc seems to have left no stone unturned when it comes to his craft, even doing the occasional cartoon voice-over. When an audience member asked him about which ones he had done, yours truly promptly piped up about the one he had missed, feeling immediately ridiculous. While he seemed startled at this bit of trivia being shouted at him, he kindly acknowledged my "help."
In the autograph
room, he was gracious with both his signature and his time, posing for photos
with anyone who asked. He kindly signed both a still from Beastmaster 2
(my personal favorite) and one from his Twilight Zone episode "Extra
Innings" (classic Marc). Although there is not much time for personal
chat at an autograph session, I managed to squeeze in an anecdote about my own
(house) cat, Kipling. Marc also asked me where I'd gotten the Twilight
Zone picture, remarking, "Even I don't have that one!" Since I
missed a photo op the first time -- and not knowing if I'd ever get another -- I
didn't pass up the chance again.