73 (passed away Jun. 5th, 2009)
Apr. 7th, 1936
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Del Monroe's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Known mostly as Seaman Kowalski in the 1960s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea tv series and motion picture.
He was thrilled to play a seaman in the big budget Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) motion picture, however he made a silly looking mistake on the set, with the cast watching, and he was concerned that his future with producer Irwin Allen would be destroyed because of the mistake. He was wrong. Irwin Allen wanted Del Monroe for all four seasons of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68) tv series, playing Seaman Kowalski.
Del has gone on record as saying that he enjoyed doing all of the Voyage series and the episodes he was more involved in. The episodes could be about cold war spys or space monsters or "deadly amphibians" and Del was always thrilled to be apart of the series. He had no problem with the change in premise, from adult series to more child-friendly series, after year one.
A year three episode - Deadly Waters - introduced a guest character playing Kowalski's troubled brother. This gave Del Monroe a chance to do more with his Kowalski character as he had to sort out his brother's problems. A year four episode - The Deadly Amphibians - gave Del a chance to act more like a thug than a seaman as he was taken over by evil undersea amphibians, this role suggested that Del had a wider acting range than first thought. However, another year four episode - The Return Of Blackbeard - required Del to behave like a fun-loving pirate and role did not wash with all viewers.
Irwin Allen also wanted Del for his other tv shows, Del was more than happy to appear in one episode of The Time Tunnel (1966-67) but turned down a semi-regular gig in Land Of The Giants (1968-70).
After Voyage, Del did guest roles in 1970s tv shows like Wonder Woman. He returned to the big screen in - Speedway Junky (1999) - playing an "old timer" at the very start of the film. In 2004, a few Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea cast members got together (no Richard Basehart as he was gone) for a convention and the turn out of fans was so high that Del Monroe was totally surprised and speechless at the attention his 40 year old tv series was getting.
- One six actors to appear in both film and TV series, of Irwin Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." He played essentially the same character part of Seaman Kowski in the film, and Seaman Kowalski in the TV series. Michael Ansara, Charles Dierkop, Anthony Monaco, Mark Slade and Regis Toomy were the other actors to appear in both.
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