Severn Darden was born Severn Teakle Darden, Jr. on November 9, 1929 and died on May 27, 1995. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but after graduating from high school, attended the University of Chicago. He was one of the first members of the Second City comedy troupe, as well as its predecessor, the Compass Players. He is most famous for his portrayal of Kolp, a government official in the 1970s "Planet of the Apes" movies. Darden had an intellectual and quirky sense of humor, which is evidenced by his Prof. Walther von der Vogelweide comedy routines. One such routine involved Vogelweiden speculating what would have happened with Oedipus Rex had he known the outcome of the story. Darden appeared in Broadway productions, Hollywood films, and even appeared in the television series the The Monkees in 1968. After undergoing a triple bypass surgery, he lived a quiet life in Hollywood. In 1992, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he passed away of heart failure. He is buried at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana.