Saturday, November 22, 2014
22 November 2014
Madison Davenport b. 1996 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], The Possession, Jack and the Beanstalk )
Mackenzie Lintz b. 1996 (Under the Dome, The Hunger Games)
Alicia Vigil b. 1995 (Frankenstein Reborn)
Alden Ehrenreich b. 1989 (Supernatural)
Jamie Campbell Bower b. 1988 (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Camelot, The Prisoner , Twilight Saga: New Moon)
Scarlett Johansson b. 1984 (Lucy, Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, The Avengers, The Spirit, The Prestige, The Island, Eight Legged Freaks)
Fiona Glascott b. 1982 (Clone, Jericho, Resident Evil)
Andrew Knott b. 1979 (Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live in Leeds, Police 2020, The Secret Garden)
Leeanna Walsman b. 1979 (Hercules [2005 TV], Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, BeastMaster, Farscape, Thunderstone, Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord)
James Madio b. 1975 (Astronaut: The Last Push, Hook)
Noah Lee Margetts b. 1970 (Batman Begins)
Mark Ruffalo b. 1967 (The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Where the Wild Things Are, Blindness, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blindness)
Michael K. Williams b. 1966 (The Purge: Anarchy, RoboCop, The Road, The Incredible Hulk )
Nicholas Rowe b. 1966 (Doctor Who: Dreamland, Space Race, Seed of Chucky, The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells, Relic Hunter)
Richard Stanley b. 1966 (director, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Hardware)
Mads Mikkelsen b. 1965 (Clash of the Titans, The Door, Valhalla Rising)
Ken Tremblett b. 1965 (Almost Human, Supernatural, Watchmen, Painkiller Jane, Kyle XY, Andromeda, Dead Like Me, Welcome to Paradox, The X Files)
Kristin Minter b. 1965 (Good vs Evil, Brimstone, Highlander)
Stephen Geoffreys b. 1964 (Moon 44, 976-EVIL, Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone , Fright Night)
Mariel Hemingway b. 1961 (Rise of the Zombies, The Hidden Room, Tales from the Crypt, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Amerika, Creator)
Lenore Zann b. 1959 (Kingdom Hospital, Andromeda, Lexx, Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend, Forever Knight, RoboCop [TV], The Hidden Room, Def-Con 4)
Jamie Lee Curtis b. 1958 (Halloween, Virus, Forever Young, The Fog, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Mackenzie Gray b. 1957 (Bitten, Man of Steel, Once Upon a Time, Fringe, Smallville, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Knights of Bloodsteel, Destination: Infestations, Supernatural, Kyle XY, Merlin’s Apprentice, Stargate: Infinity, Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, Andromeda, Seven Days, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Shepherd I and II, Shadow Zone: The Teacher Ate My Homework, 2103: The Deadly Quake, Replikator, Forever Knight)
Richard Kind b. 1956 (Gotham, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Dark Minions, Stargate: Atlantis, Bewitched , Space: Above and Beyond, Stargate [film])
Margaret Markov b. 1948 (The Sixth Sense)
Tom Conti b. 1941 (The Dark Knight Rises, Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Roy Thomas b. 1940 (Marvel Comics)
Terry Gilliam b. 1940 (director, The Zero Theorem, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Brothers Grimm, Twelve Monkeys, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil, Time Bandits, Jabberwocky, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
Allen Garfield b. 1939 (The Ninth Gate, The Elf Who Didn’t Believe, Tales from the Darkside, Slither)
Michael Callan b. 1935 (Superboy, Swamp Thing, Knight Rider, Otherworld, Automan, The Bionic Woman, Journey to the Unknown, Mysterious Island )
Robert Vaughn b, 1932 (Witch Academy, Escape to Witch Mountain, Dark Avenger, Transylvania Twist, C.H.U.D.II – Bud the Chud, Deadly Nightmares, Battle Beyond the Stars, Superman III, Doctor Franken, The Lucifer Complex, Starship Invasions, The Mind of Mr. Soames, Men Into Space, Teenage Cave Man)
Rodney Dangerfield b. 1921 died 5 October 2004 (Little Nicky)
Mary Jackson b. 1910 died 10 December 2005 (The Exorcist III, Space, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Bionic Woman, The Invaders, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Lee Patrick b. 1901 died 21 November 1982 (7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Visit to a Small Planet, Topper)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, Scarlett Johansson was the choice and I expect there would have been few complaints if I repeated. She is a real movie star with well known genre roles, and that is also the case with her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo. But I went with a picture of Robert Vaughn, maybe not as big a star as his younger birthday sharers, but I wanted to note he is The Guy At The Door, everyone younger is alive and everyone older is dead as he turns 82, and many happy returns. I may not have done Mr. Vaughn a huge favor choosing a picture from Teenage Cave Man, but I actually saw it "for real" as well as enjoying it on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well. Next year, Mr. Ruffalo has the inside track, but Jamie Lee Curtis or Terry Gilliam will also get consideration.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are three. Not all that hard to spot, but usually a lot of the Canucks are born after 1970 and today that's not the case. Answers later today.
3. Okay, that's odd. Occasionally, actors will have some porn credits early in their career and switch over to the not-naked-all-the-time part of the business, with Traci Lords as the archetypal example. Not so Stephen Geoffreys, who was in some low budget movies in the 1980s as well as a few guest spots on TV and switched over to gay porn in the 1990s, where he has stayed with few exceptions. Go figure.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Robert Vaughn, today's Guy At The Door, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire released, 2013
Frozen released, 2013
Star Trek: First Contact released, 1996
Back to the Future: Part II released, 1989
Predictor: Journalist Edgar W. Howe (1853-1937), predicting the 20th Century in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.
Predictions: During the next century, I believe the American people will learn the important lesson that simple and honest living is the goal to which men should bend their energies.
The old races of men were cruel in the name of patriotism and religion. The men who live in 1993 will be just because their conscience and well-being will demand it.
The truth has always been mixed with nonsense. The men who will celebrate the fifth Columbian centennial will have separated the chaff from the wheat. No teacher of nonsense will be encouraged, even should he claim that his object is to do good.
Reality: Sorry, Edgar. Your heart's in the right place, no doubt about that, but dishonesty, cruelty and nonsense are still alive and well. Heck, one of our political parties would shrink down to nothing if it didn't rely on dishonesty, cruelty and nonsense.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
It's time again for the Sunday nukes.
Join us then.. IN THE FUTURE!