In fact, the topic of his hypnotic-type of eyes has arisen so many times, this unique branding has attached itself to the actor like a permanent tattoo — something that would take major reconstructive surgery to eradicate.
It was a kind of trademark Railsback accepted ever since he portrayed convicted murderer Charles Manson in the 1976 television film “Helter Skelter.”
Railsback played the pseudo hippie eerily to perfection. But the stage-trained actor is quick not to take credit for those evil eyes which terrified audiences and resulted in an outbreak of nightmares by those captivated by Railsback’s performance in the award-winning series.
“Rather than being my own trait, it was actually his,” Railsback told journalist Zander Silverman in the September/October issue of Exceptional People Magazine. “So I implemented it into my performance. The eyes you see in my character are the eyes of that character.”
To prepare himself for the role, Railsback said he place himself in isolated repression for about an hour each day, among other tricks of the trade.
For decades, the prolific actor has been far removed from solitude. His name is attached to scores of stage, film and television projects. His long list of screen credits is available at IMDb and on his official Web site.
Moreover, Railsback is a dedicated husband, father and humanitarian.
He and his wife, Marcy, are staunch supporters of Doctors Without Borders and (WM2!), a program that helps average youth between the ages of seven and 12 deal with everyday problems and situations. He and his family also provide aid and in-kind services to Habitat for Humanity, cancer research and Families with Children from China.
To read more about what Railsback is doing to make a difference in the world around him, click here to go to his preview page at Exceptional People Magazine. You’ll also find never-before-published photos of Railsback and his family at this site.
His rise to fame will thrill you. If you’re an aspiring actor, his story will inspire you.