Many actors have portrayed, Peter Parker, the spectacular Spider-Man, but for a generation, The Spider-Man was Nicholas Hammond. Long before Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland was Nicholas Hammond.
Nicholas Hammond was born May 15, 1950, in Washington, D.C., making today his 69th birthday.In addition to starring in The Amazing Spider-Man in the late Seventies, he appeared in Logan’s Run, The Fantastic Journey, The Martian Chronicles, The Lost World, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997), Farscape, and Salem’s Lot.
The son of actress Eileen Bennett (Thursday’s Child, Much Too Shy), Hammond made his acting debut on Broadway in 1961. His first film role was as Robert, one of the boys in Lord of the Flies in 1963. He appeared on The Brady Bunch as a boy interested in Marcia Brady until a football to the nose marred her pretty face. His best known role besides Spider-Man was as Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Hammond’s most recent acting role was as Mitch Rumboldt in the Australian TV show Total Control last year. Hammond has made his home in Australia since the mid-1980s and currently works as a scriptwriter and director there.
Which of Hammond’s roles is your favorite? Which Spider-Man is your favorite, Holland, Maguire, Garfield, or Hammond? Or Drake Bell or Benjamin Diskin or one of the other voice actors in the many animated adaptations? Sound off in the comments section below! We’re always interested in your opinion.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.