Saturday, July 5, 2014
5 July 2014
Ryan Hansen b. 1981 (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Power Rangers Wild Force)
Eva Green b. 1980 (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dark Shadows, Camelot, Perfect Sense, Clone, The Golden Compass)
Jillian Armenante b. 1968 (The Dark Knight Rises, The Guild, Dollhouse, The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Claudia Wells b. 1966 (Starship: Rising, Alien Armageddon, Back to the Future)
Ronald D. Moore b. 1964 (writer, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivale, Roswell, Good vs Evil, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: The Next Generations)
Pruitt Taylor Vince b. 1960 (True Blood, Beautiful Creatures Mysterious Island, The Walking Dead, Creature, The Cell, The X-Files, Highlander [TV], Quantum Leap, Jacob's Ladder)
Lewis Herthum b. 1956 (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood, Tekken, The Mist, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Tomorrow Man)
Don Stark b. 1954 (John Carter, Stargate SG-1, Dark Skies, Earth Minus Zero, Star Trek: First Contact, Deep Space Nine, Liquid Dreams, Beauty and the Beast [TV], The Charmings, The Twilight Zone )
Huey Lewis b. 1950 (Sphere, Back to the Future)
William Hootkins b. 1948 died 23 October 2005 (The Omega Code, The Island of Dr. Moreau , The Tomorrow People , Batman , Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Haunted Honeymoon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Flash Gordon, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Twilight's Last Gleaming)
Shirley Knight b. 1936 (VR.5, The Invaders, The Outer Limits)
John Wood b. 1930 died 6 August 2011 (The Little Vampire, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Ladyhawke, WarGames)
Katherine Helmond b. 1928 (True Blood, Brazil, Time Bandits, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Warren Oates b. 1928 died 3 April 1982 (Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone)
Ward Costello b. 1919 died 4 June 2009 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Project X, Firefox, Return to Witch Mountain, Terror from the Year 5000)
Jean Cocteau b. 1889 died 11 October 1963 (writer/director, Beauty and the Beast)
A lot of actors on our list today are best known for roles outside genre, notably Don Stark from That 70s Show, Katherine Helmond from Soap and Warren Oates from Dillinger and Stripes. For iconic in genre, my choice this fifth of July is William Hootkins from the first Star Wars. As much deserved grief as Lucas gets for the silly names in the sequels, the very first movie in the series featured a fat guy cleverly named Porkins and not surprisingly, his fate was to get blowed up, blowed up real good.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The Methodist Church will maintain its dominant position among American denominations by returning to the Wesley liturgy, but it will not rejoin the Episcopalian Church.
Reality: Newman was right about the splitters not returning to the Episcopalian fold, but missed the whole shrinking of Mainline Protestant influence in the United States that started in the 1960s and continues to this day.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Is tomorrow Sunday? Long weekends get my time sense all screwy. But yes, it is Sunday and yes, it's time for another nuclear war.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!