Thursday, November 27, 2014
27 November 2014
Alexandra Astin b. 1996 (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Aubrey Peeples b. 1993 (Sharknado)
Alison Pill b. 1985 (Snowpiercer, The Dinosaur Hunter, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Poltergeist: The Legacy, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal)
Arjay Smith b. 1983 (Charmed, The Day After Tomorrow, The Journey of Allen Strange)
Todd Giebenhain b. 1974 (True Blood, The 4400, Galaxy Quest)
Sharlto Copley b. 1973 (Powers, Maleficent, District 9, Elysium, Europa Report)
Jolene Boland b. 1975 (Lost Girl, Haven, Land of the Dead)
Tadanobu Asano b. 1973 (Thor, Battleship)
Kirk Acevedo b. 1971 (12 Monkeys [TV], Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Grimm, The Walking Dead, Collision Earth, Fringe)
Brooke Langton b. 1970 (Supernatural, Sliders)
Chin Han b. 1969 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Arrow, Fringe, Contagion, 2012, The Dark Knight, Blindness)
Michael Vartan b. 1968 (Ring of Fire, The Mists of Avalon)
Robin Givens b. 1964 (Blankman)
Fisher Stevens b. 1963 (Lost, Early Edition, The Hunger, Super Mario Bros., Short Circuit, My Science Project, The Brother From Another Planet)
Steve Oedekerk b. 1961 (screenwriter, Cowboys and Aliens)
Samantha Bond b. 1961 (The Sarah Jane Chronicles)
Michael Rispoli b. 1960 (The Man in the High Castle, Kick-Ass)
Rick Rockwell b. 1956 (writer, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes)
William Fichtner b. 1955 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Elysium, The Dark Knight , Invasion, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium, Contact, Armageddon, Strange Days, Virtuosity)
Kimmy Robertson b. 1954 (Leprechaun 2, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, My Mom's a Werewolf)
Curtis Armstrong b. 1953 (Supernatural, Reaper, Southland Tales, The Chronicle, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lois & Clark, M.A.N.T.I.S., Hi, Honey - I'm Dead, The Clan of the Cave Bear)
Kathryn Bigelow b. 1951(director, Strange Days, Near Dark)
Gerrit Graham b. 1949 (Star Trek: Voyager, Weird Science [TV], The Wasp Woman [TV], Lois & Clark, Philadelphia Experiment II, Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Child's Play 2, C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud, Tales from the Crypt, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, Twilight Zone , The Creature Wasn't Nice, Demon Seed, Future Cop, Brave New World [TV], Beware! The Blob)
Barbara Anderson b. 1945 (Wonder Woman, The Invisible Man, The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek)
James Avery b. 1945 died 31 December 2013 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, The Nightmare Room, Epoch, Dr, Doolittle 2, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, Beauty and the Beast [1988 TV], Timestalkers, Amazing Stories)
Gregory Hoblit b. 1944 (director, NYPD 2069, Frequency, Fallen)
John Alderton b. 1940 (Zardoz)
Bruce Lee b. 1940 died 20 July 1973 (The Green Hornet, Batman)
Marshall Thompson b. 1925 died 18 May 1992 (Around the World Under the Sea, Men Into Space, World of Giants, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Fiend Without a Face)
Ann Prentiss b. 1939 died 12 January 2010 (My Stepmother Is an Alien, Quark, Captain Nice, Bewitched)
Rodney Bewes b. 1937 (Doctor Who, Unidentified Flying Oddball, Jabberwocky, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland )
Stewart Moss b. 1937 (Beyond Westworld, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bat People, The Invaders, Star Trek)
L. Sprague de Camp b. 1907 died 6 November 2000 (author, A Gun For Dinosaur, Conan, Gavagan’s Bar, Viagens Interplanetarias)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used Bruce Lee, though to be honest, The Green Hornet was not really sci-fi or fantasy. This year, it's Barbara Anderson and her role from the original Star Trek. Next year, I might go with Oh That Guy Gerrit Graham or maybe Sharlto Copley, who has done a lot of roles since District 9 became a surprise hit.
2. Wait... he's dead? She's dead? She did what? I think I saw James Avery's obit early this year, but I didn't give him a Never To Be Forgotten post, which was an oversight on my part. Ann Prentiss was the younger sister of Paula Prentiss and they looked a lot alike. I remember her from Captain Nice. In 1997, She was convicted of making terrorist threats, assault with a firearm, battery and solicitation to murder her brother-in-law Richard Benjamin and her father. She was sentenced to 19 years in jail for the crimes. She died in prison in 2010. I was completely unaware of that.
3. Two hard to spot Canadians. Allison Pill and Jolene Boland, but neither has been in a lot of Canadian genre productions.
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: New dirt and grease resistant floor, furniture, and wall coverings will be available. There even will be a bug-killing paint which, year in and year out, will kill any insects that touch it.
Reality: Ah, the world before health regulations. The 3M product Scotch Guard already on the market when he wrote this, but it has been removed from the market due to health concerns. As for a bug-killing paint, I've never heard of one and I expect it wouldn't last long given the health problems it could produce.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
On the day after Turkey Day, we'll hear from H.G. Wells, who will not predict how crazy Americans would get on Black Friday.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!