The Omaha-born Wesley Addy was a skilled Shakespearean actor with a successful stage career behind him before he began making films in the early ’50s, and, like his fellow classical thespian Frances Reid, he’d eventually star in daytime television soap operas, including, in his case, Ryan’s Hope. Prematurely gray, always immaculately coifed, and often calmly unnerving, Addy appeared in numerous films for Robert Aldrich, among them Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Knife (both ’55), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (’62), Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte (’64), and The Grissom Gang (’71.) Addy had first worked with Frankenheimer in television in the ’50s. His role in Seconds, not unlike his role as a politely menacing cop in Kiss Me Deadly, gave the actor a chance to do what he did best: remain outwardly calm while seething inside. He’s playing Rock Hudson’s manservant, but he’s clearly the butler who “did it,” delicately handling Hudson’s every twinge of doubt and disheveled-identity psychic meltdown with hushed efficiency. Married to actress Celeste Holm, with whom he often appeared onstage, for more than thirty years, Addy died in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1996.