Thursday, June 5, 2014
5 June 2014
Yuya Ozeki b. 1996 (The Grudge)
Troye Sivan b. 1995 (X-Men: Origins: Wolverine)
Sophie Lowe b. 1990 (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, After the Dark)
Ellary Porterfield (Video Game High School)
Amanda Crew b. 1986 (The Haunting in Connecticut, Final Destination 3, Smallville)
Marc Pickering b. 1985 (Sleepy Hollow )
Navi Rawat b. 1977 (FlashForward, Undead or Alive: A Zombedy, Angel, Thoughtcrimes, Roswell)
Chad Allen b. 1974 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Charmed, Total Recall 2070)
Mark Walberg b. 1971 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Ted, The Happening, Planet of the Apes)
Susan Lynch b. 1971 (From Hell, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles)
Ron Livingston b. 1967 (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Timecop)
Douglas O’Keeffe b. 1966 (The Andromeda Strain, Smallville, Mutant X, Andromeda, Dark Angel, Seven Days, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, The Adventures of Sinbad [TV], Specimen, Forever Knight, Johnny Mnemonic)
Ken Hudson Campbell b. 1962 (Bewitched , Breakfast of Champions, Armageddon, Groundhog Day)
Daniel von Bargen b. 1955 (S1mOne, Universal Soldier: The Return, The Faculty, The X-Files, The Postman, Thinner, Lord of Illusions, RoboCop 3)
Nancy Stafford b. 1954 (Babylon 5, Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare, Quantum Leap, Q)
Kathleen Kennedy b. 1953 (producer, Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII, IX, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Last Airbender, Indiana Jones, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Sixth Sense, The Indian in the Cupboard, Congo, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, *batteries not included, Innerspace, Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Poltergeist, E.T. the Extraterrestrial)
Mark Harelik b. 1951 (TIMER, The Big Bang Theory, Pushing Daisies, Heroes, Angel, Star Trek: Voyager)
John Bach b. 1946 (Legend of the Seeker, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Lord of the Rings, Farscape, The Lost World, Young Hercules, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island [TV], Time Trax)
Robert Lansing b. 1928 died 23 October 1994 (Bionic Showdown, Automan, Island Claws, Empire of the Ants, The Astronaut, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, 4D Man)
John Abbott b. 1905 died 24 May 1996 (Slapstick (Of Another Kind), Holmes and Yo-Yo, 2000 Years Later, Land of the Giants, Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Munsters, Cry of the Werewolf)
I know that using stills from the original series of Star Trek is something of a cliche on this blog, but the show was on in syndication for so long that I can argue that every major guest star is iconic. Here is a scene from Errand of Mercy with John Abbott playing opposite an unidentified Canadian actor.
I kid. I'm a kidder.
For me, the saddest name on the list is Daniel von Bargen, who has been so good in so many roles, notably on Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle and O Brother Where Art Thou? He attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head in 2012 but survived. He was depressed over losing his leg to diabetes and the prospect of losing toes on the remaining leg. Hard luck stories don't get much worse.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.
Prediction: Devices which will catch and store energy from the sun's rays will make solar heating, lighting, and power a reality. Solar energy in some regions may be cheaper and more practical than nuclear power!
Reality: The exclamation point is part of a direct quote and in 2000, this statement was arguable, but in 2014, I would have to give de Forest full points. Yay, correct predictions! He was on a bad losing streak for so long there.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Speaking of bad losing streaks, Paul Ehrlich made some predictions after The Population Bomb was published and they are up to his usual standards.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!