Can You Name These Famous Celebrities Who Guest-Starred on "The Twilight Zone"?

By: Jane Andrews

Can You Name These Famous Celebrities Who Guest-Starred on "The Twilight Zone"?
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About This Quiz

When "The Twilight Zone" first premiered on Oct. 2, 1959, it was like nothing American TV audiences had ever seen. Each week, the ingenious anthology series told a stand-alone story about something bizarre, inexplicable and usually disturbing — from murderous dolls and creepy doppelgangers to time travel and atomic war. Presented by host and creator Rod Serling, whose opening and closing narrations have become legendary television fare, the show became famous for its cautionary takes and mind-bending twist endings. Shot entirely in black and white, the series also had a bold and unique look that inspired countless movies and TV shows to come, including a modern-day revival by acclaimed actor and director Jordan Peele.

"The Twilight Zone" also featured loads of celebrity guest stars, many of whom appeared on the show before they became household names. This makes the series even more fun to watch, as you never know who's going to pop up on the screen to pay a visit to this freaky fifth dimension. 

How good is your recall of the show's special guests? This quiz will test your knowledge of notable celebrity appearances from the original "The Twilight Zone" series, as well as a number of well-known guests from Jordan Peele's recent revival. How many can you name? Strap in and get ready to find out. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop is the Twilight Zone!

1 - The Twilight Zone  - Nightmare at 20,000 Feet This "Star Trek" star played a fearful airplane passenger in the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Do you know who it was?
Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner
"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," aired in 1963, has become one of the most well-known episodes of the original "The Twilight Zone" series. It was Shatner's second appearance on the show — he also starred in a 1960 episode called "Nick of Time."
George Tekai
DeForest Kelley

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2 - The Twilight Zone  - Cavender Is Coming Which of the following comedians played a young woman visited by a cigar-smoking guardian angel?
Carol Channing
Lucille Ball
Carol Burnett
Entitled "Cavender Is Coming," this 1962 episode has more of a comedic tone than most episodes of "The Twilight Zone." It featured a laugh track when it first aired, which has since been removed from rerun, DVD and streaming versions.
Mary Tyler Moore

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3 - The Twilight Zone  - He's Alive Do you know which "Easy Rider" actor played the evil leader of a neo-Nazi group?
Peter Fonda
Jack Nicholson
Dennis Hopper
This episode from 1963 is called "He's Alive." Reportedly, "The Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling wrote a longer version of the script to be made into a feature-length film, but it was never produced.
Martin Sheen

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4 - The Twilight Zone  - Rod Serling Before he became a beloved TV detective, this actor played a Central American dictator in an episode called "The Mirror." Who was it?
Tom Selleck
Telly Savalas
James Garner
Peter Falk
Falk played Ramos Clemente in this 1961 episode — a character modeled after Fidel Castro. The dictator becomes mad with paranoia when a magical mirror suggests his four confidants are traitors.

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5 - The Twilight Zone  - Miniature This Academy Award-winning actor appeared as a man obsessed with a dollhouse in an episode called "Miniature." Can you guess who it was?
Robert Duvall
Duvall is Charley Parkes in this 1963 episode, a man committed to a psychiatric hospital because he believes the figures inside a museum dollhouse are alive. The episode's twist ending reveals that all is not as it seems.
Robert De Niro
Harvey Keitel
Al Pacino

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6 - The Twilight Zone  - Nothing in the Dark In the 1962 episode "Nothing in the Dark," he played Harold Beldon, a young man believed to be the personification of death by a frail old woman. Can you name him?
Robert Redford
The opening narration for this episode states, "An old woman living in a nightmare, an old woman who has fought a thousand battles with death and always won. Now she's faced with a grim decision — whether or not to open a door. And in some strange and frightening way she knows that this seemingly ordinary door leads to the Twilight Zone."
Dustin Hoffman
Clint Eastwood
Paul Newman

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7 - The Twilight Zone  - A Quality of Mercy William Shatner wasn't the only "Star Trek" regular to appear on "The Twilight Zone." Do you know star one played a World War II army general?
Patrick Stewart
James Doohan
Leonard Nimoy
The title of this 1961 episode, "A Quality of Mercy," comes from a well-known line from the Shakespeare play "The Merchant of Venice." Recited as part of the show's closing narration, the quote is, "The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath."
Walter Koenig

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8 - The Twilight Zone  - The Comedian Do you know which former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman appeared in "The Comedian," an episode from Jordan Peele's "The Twilight Zone" revival?
Dana Carvey
Will Ferrell
Tracey Morgan
Originally aired on April 1, 2019, "The Comedian" also stars Kumail Nanjiani of "Silicon Valley" fame. It follows the story of a comedian who discovers that when he mentions a person as a part of his stand-up act, they mysteriously disappear.
Adam Sandler

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9 - The Twilight Zone  - Walking Distance Now a well-known director, this child actor appeared in an early 1959 episode called "Walking Distance." Who was it?
Ron Howard
Before he was Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" or Richie on "Happy Days," Howard played a sweet young boy in a town where time seemed to stand still. This was Howard's third credited TV role.
Jodie Foster
Sean Penn
Mel Gibson

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10 - The Twilight Zone  - The Bard Which Hollywood actor played a struggling writer who conjures the spirit of William Shakespeare?
Paul Newman
Burt Reynolds
Entitled "The Bard," this episode aired in 1963, while Reynolds was a regular on the popular Western TV drama "Gunsmoke." Reynolds starred on numerous TV shows before scoring his breakthrough film role in the 1972 thriller, "Deliverance."
Dustin Hoffman
Gregory Peck

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11 - The Twilight Zone  - It's A Good Life This Emmy Award-winning actress played the mother of a domineering boy with Godlike powers. Can you name her?
Betty White
Bea Arthur
Cloris Leachman
Considered by Time and TV Guide to be one of the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone" original series, "It's a Good Life" aired in 1961. It was based on a short story of the same name, written by author and screenwriter Jerome Bixby.
Charlotte Rae

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12 - The Twilight Zone  - The Encounter Yet another "Star Trek" regular to appear on "The Twilight Zone," this actor played a young Japanese-American who becomes possessed by a samurai sword. Do you know who it was?
Patrick Stewart
George Takei
After "The Encounter" first aired in 1964, it was withheld from syndication due to its touchy (at the time) racial subject matter. It didn't appear on TV again until Jan. 1, 2016, as part of Syfy's annual "TheTwilight Zone" New's Year Eve marathon.
DeForest Kelley
James Doohan

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13 - The Twilight Zone  - Mr. Dingle, the Strong Do you know which funnyman appeared as an irate barfly bettor on a losing streak in a 1961 episode?
Don Rickles
Called "Mr. Dingle, the Strong," this episode tells the story of Luther Dingle, a meek, unsuccessful man (played by Burgess Meredith) who's given superhuman strength by a two-headed Martian. Rickles plays the gambling barfly who bullies him at the bar.
Bob Hope
Bob Newhart
Milton Berle

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14 - The Twilight Zone  - Living Doll This actor appeared in the well-known episode "Living Doll," which features a creepy doll named Talky Tina. Do you know who it was?
Michael Landon
Lee Majors
Carroll O'Connor
Telly Savalas
Savalas was already a successful actor when he appeared in this 1963 episode, having been nominated for an Academy Award a year prior for his supporting role in the film "Birdman of Alcatraz."

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15 - The Twilight Zone  - Nightmare At 30,000 Feet Can you tell us which "Parks and Recreation" star appeared in a 2019 revival episode about a creepy podcast and a doomed airplane?
Nick Offerman
Chris Pratt
Adam Scott
This episode is entitled "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet," which is a play on the title of the 1963 "The Twilight Zone" classic, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." While both episodes take place on a plane, their plots are completely different.
Aziz Ansari

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16 - The Twilight Zone  - A Game Of Pool Do you know which prolific actor and comedian played a legendary pool player named Fats Brown in the 1961 episode, "A Game of Pool"?
Milton Berle
Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters's career spanned more than 60 years. He appeared on hundreds of television shows and films, including "Hee-Haw" and "Mork & Mindy," and received eight Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album.
Bob Newhart
George Burns

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17 - The Twilight Zone  - Time Enough At Last Can you name the veteran character actor who played a bookish man in a post-apocalyptic world?
Mickey Rooney
Eli Wallach
Burgess Meredith
in addition to the 1959 episode, "Time Enough at Last," Meredith appeared in three other episodes of "The Twilight Zone" — "Mr. Dingle, the Strong", "The Obsolete Man" and "Printer's Devil."
Slim PIckens

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18 - The Twilight Zone  - In Praise of Pip Before he starred on the sitcom "The Odd Couple," this actor appeared in four episodes of the original "The Twilight Zone" series. Who was it?
Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Tony Randall
Jack Klugman
Between 1960 and 1963, Klugman appeared in the episodes "A Passage for Trumpet, "A Game of Pool," "Death Ship" and "In Praise of Pip." The actor ties with Burgess Meredith for the most guest appearances in a starring role on the series.

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19 - The Twilight Zone  - The Night of the Meek Which "Honeymooners" actor starred as a down-and-out Santa Claus impersonator on Christmas Eve?
Jackie Gleason
Art Carney
The title of this 1960 episode, "The Night of the Meek," comes from a biblical quote from Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." More than 20 years later, Carney would play Santa again in the 1984 move "The Night They Saved Christmas."
Jerry Mathers
Tony Dow

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20 - The Twilight Zone  - Two Do you know which tough-guy movie star appeared in an episode called "Two," about a man and a woman fighting to survive in an abandoned, war-torn city?
Charles Bronson
Starring opposite Bronson in this two-person episode from 1961 was Elizabeth Montgomery, the actress best known for playing Samantha Stephens on the popular television show "Bewitched."
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert De Niro
Clint Eastwood

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21 - The Twilight Zone  - A Traveler He played the local police captain of a small Alaska town in a Christmas-themed 2019 revival episode called "A Traveler." Can you name him?
Greg Kinnear
This episode also stars Steven Yeun from "The Walking Dead." It's about a mysterious man who curiously claims to be named "A. Traveler" and crashes a small police station's Christmas party.
David Schwimmer
Ted Danson
Matthew Perry

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22 - The Twilight Zone  - The Last Night of a Jockey This legendary actor and former 1920s child star played a horse jockey who wishes he were taller. Do you know who it was?
Frankie Darro
Carl Switzer
George McFarland
Mickey Rooney
Born in 1920, Mickey Rooney's career as an actor, comedian and radio personality spanned nine decades. He appeared in more than 300 films in his lifetime and worked well into his 90s.

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23 - The Twilight Zone  - Shadow of the Valley "Star Trek" stars seemed to flock to "The Twilight Zone." Which one appeared in a 1963 episode called "Valley of the Shadow"?
Patrick Stewart
James Doohan
This episode tells the story of Peaceful Valley, New Mexico, a remote town that possesses incredible extraterrestrial technology but refuses to share it with the rest of the world.
DeForest Kelley
Walter Koenig

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24 - The Twilight Zone  - Of Late I Think of Cliffordville copy This television actress played the devil in an episode from 1963. Can you guess who it was?
Julie Newmar
Newmar is perhaps best known for playing Catwoman on the '60s show "Batman." She also had guest roles on popular shows such as "F Troop," "Bewitched, "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Get Smart."
Tina Louise
Eva Gabor
Marlo Thomas

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25 - The Twilight Zone  - The Jeopardy Room Do you know which Academy Award-winning actor played a KGB agent in the 1964 episode "The Jeopardy Room"?
Fred MacMurray
Martin Landau
This was Landau's second appearance on "The Twilight Zone." Five years earlier, he played a sadistic bully in the 1959 episode "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," which was the third episode of the show's first season.
Peter Graves
James Cromwell

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26 - The Twilight Zone  - The Trouble with Templeton This actor and movie director played a stage director in the 1960 episode, "The Trouble with Templeton." Who was it?
Sydney Pollack
Pollack acted in over 30 movies and TVs shows during his career, and directed more than 20 films. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for his 1985 movie "Out of Africa," which also won the award for Best Picture.
Clint Eastwood
John Cassavetes
Warren Beatty

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27 - The Twilight Zone  - Shadow Play Which actor played a man convinced he was stuck in a disturbing dream in a 1961 episode called "Shadow Play?"
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Weaver
Weaver won an Emmy Award for best supporting actor (continuing character) in a dramatic series for his work in the long-running television show "Gunsmoke." He also played Sam McCloud from 1970 to 1977 on the TV drama "McCloud."
James Garner
Steve McQueen

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28 - The Twilight Zone  - A Quality of Mercy He starred opposite Leonard Nimoy in the 1961 episode "A Quality of Mercy." Which actor was it?
Dean Stockwell
Stockwell began his career as a child actor in the 1940s and continued to work into his adulthood. He's perhaps best known for playing Al on the TV show "Quantum Leap," and was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for the 1988 movie "Married to the Mob."
Gene Hackman
Donald Sutherland
James Garner

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29 - The Twilight Zone  - The Changing of the Guard Do you know which English actor played a depressed prep school teacher who's visited by the ghosts of his former students?
Denholm Elliott
Donald Pleasence
While his career spanned almost 50 years, Pleasence is perhaps best-known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis in the original 1978 "Halloween" film and four of its sequels.
Alec Guinness
Richard Burton

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30 - The Twilight Zone  - Mirror Image This frequent Hitchcock film star appeared in a 1960 episode called "Mirror Image." Do you know who it was?
Janet Leigh
Grace Kelly
Tippi Hedren
Vera Miles
Miles plays Millicent Barnes in this episode, a young woman who becomes convinced, while waiting for a bus, that her evil doppelgänger is trying to replace her. Reportedly, this episode was the inspiration for Jordan Peele's 2019 movie "Us."

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31 - The Twilight Zone  - People Are Alike All Over Who played an astronaut trapped on Mars in the 1960 episode "People Are Alike All Over"?
Karl Malden
Harry Morgan
Roddy McDowall
McDowall is best known for playing the characters of Cornelius and Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" movies, along with the character of Galen in the "Planet of the Apes" spin-off TV show. He also starred in the 1985 hit horror flick "Fright Night."
Eli Wallach

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32 - The Twilight Zone  - The Grave This tough-guy TV actor played a gun-for-hire trying to track down an outlaw in the 1961 episode, "The Grave."
Jack Warden
Gary Busey
Lee Marvin
In addition to this Western-themed episode, Marvin appeared in a 1963 installment of "The Twilight Zone" called "Steel. That one was about a robotic boxer in the futuristic world of 1974.
Sam Elliott

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33 -The Twilight Zone  - Once Upon a Time Which silent film star appeared in a 1961 episode about a grumpy old man from 1890 who travels into the future?
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Entitled "Once Upon a Time," this episode cleverly opens and closes in the style of a silent film. Keaton also performs a number of the same slapstick gags he was known for in the 1920s.
Douglas Fairbanks
Harold Lloyd

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34 - The Twilight Zone  - Caesar and Me Which actor played an unsuccessful ventriloquist with an evil puppet?
Jackie Cooper
This 1964 episode, entitled "Caesar and Me," is sometimes confused with the 1962 episode called "The Dummy." Both installments focus on ventriloquists with very problematic puppets.
Norman Fell
Jack Albertson
Red Buttons

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35 - The Twilight Zone  - Blurryman Which of the following stars played himself in the 2019 revival episode, "Blurryman"?
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogan
Jordan Peele also appears as himself in this episode, which was the finale for "The Twilight Zone" revival's first season. The very meta story is about one of the show's screenwriters trying to track down a mysterious figure.
James Franco
Paul Rudd

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