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A Collage of the Three *Captain 20* Performers
The Second
"Captain 20"
John Tony Alexi as Captain 20 (Courtesy:Dick Dyszel)
John "Tony" Alexi (1970-1972)
Tony Alexi as the second Captain 20 With the
"Johnny K"

in 1970,

the role
of the
Captain 20,
and also
played it
as an
His re-designed helmet
and uniform looked
less like a product
of space-age NASA
and more like a campy
 costume from a

Buck Rogers serial.
Tony Alexi as the second Captain 20 (c. 1970)
Captain 20 (Tony Alexi) Is Buried In Viewer Mail
Tony continued
the ever-popular
gerbil races. 
This publicity
shot depicts
Captain 20
virtually buried 
in viewer mail.
Ads like
this one
from the Sunday
Post TV Magazine
10/4/70 helped
viewer interest in winning "a
of toys"
from "The
Channel 20
Club" ...
Channel 20 Club ad (Washington Post TV Magazine, 10/4/70)
Tony Alexi as Captain 20 with unidentified child
One lucky
player gets
to test
"free toy
Thirty years later, Alexi says: "I enjoyed my time at WDCA, and especially cherish the
Captain 20 cut-ins, because it gave me a chance to use my improvising skills, and develop
a myriad of characters."
(One example seen here
is his loud side-character,
"Mark Manchester".) 
Tony Alexi as Captain 20's Alter-ego, Mark Manchester
Tony Alexi as Bozo the Clown visits a hospital
In 1971, WDCA-TV bought the rights to Larry Harmon's
"Bozo's Circus" show for
the DC market, and Alexi
added the new role to his duties.

(More About "Bozo's Circus")

 In June 1972, John Alexi left WDCA for other areas of broadcasting and stage. He would become a main CNN news anchor out of Atlanta, and have his own theater and theater company.

He studied with some of the greatest acting teachers in the world, and is an accomplished playwright as well.
Tony Alexi as Channel 20's first Bozo. (Donated by Dick Dyszel)
The "Captain 20" evolution contines on the next page ...
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