Richard Carlson was born on April 29 1912, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. After working as a drama teacher in his home state, he moved to New York City and appeared onstage on Broadway in the 1930s. He moved to California in 1939, and appeared in a few films, such as Too Many Girls (1940) with Lucille Ball. In 1941 he interrupted his career to serve in World War II, but upon return found it difficult to win new roles. He found a niche in science fiction and horror, appearing in the classics It Came from Outer Space (1953) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). His success in the genres led to his directing and starring in 1954's Riders to the Stars. Carlson's final film role was in Elvis Presley's Change of Habit (1969), and he continued acting in television roles for several years. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Encino, California, on November 25, 1977, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his services to television.