Wednesday, November 5, 2014
5 November 2014
Corin Nemec b. 1971 (Star Trek: Renegades, Extinction: Patient Zero, Robocroc, Rise of the Dinosaurs, Dragon Wasps, Supernatural, RoboDoc, The Sea Beast, My Apocalypse, Mansquito, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Tales from the Crypt, The Stand, The Lifeforce Experiment, Solar Crisis)
Chris Addison b. 1971 (Doctor Who, Apocalypse 2012)
David Mattey b. 1969 (Alien Hunger, Wonder Woman , Jack and the Beanstalk , The Legend of Neil, Supernatural, Hancock, Strange Wilderness, Charmed, House of the Dead 2, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, The Toxic Avenger IV)
Pat Kilbane b. 1969 (Meet Dave, Day of the Dead, Evolution, Monkeybone, Star Patrol)
Sam Rockwell b. 1968 (Poltergeist , Cowboys and Aliens, Iron Man 2, Moon, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, The Green Mile, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Seth Gilliam b. 1968 (The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Starship Troopers)
Leni Parker b. 1966 (Helix, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Gallidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, Earth: Final Conflict, Laserhawk, Nico the Unicorn, Screamers)
Famke Janssen b. 1964 (Hemlock Grove, X-Men, The Wolverine, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Faculty, House on Haunted Hill, Deep Rising, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Tatum O’Neal b. 1963 (Faerie Tale Theatre)
Michael Gaston b. 1962 (Inception, Fringe, Jericho)
Tilda Swinton b. 1960 (The Zero Theorem, Snowpiercer, Only Lovers Left Alive, Chronicles of Narnia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Constantine [2005 movie, Teknolust, Vanilla Sky)
Robert Patrick b. 1958 (True Blood, From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Bridge to Terabithia, Lost, Stargate: Atlantis, The X Files, Double Dragon, Last Action Hero, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Warlords from Hell, Future Hunters)
Jon-Erik Hexum b. 1957 died 18 October 1984 (Voyagers!)
Eugene Lipinski b. 1956 (Arrow, Fringe, Year of the Creature, Rollerball , MythQuest, Animorphs, Highlander [TV], Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Outland, Superman II)
Nestor Serrano b. 1955 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sleepy Hollow [TV], Revolution, Fringe, The Day After Tomorrow, Witchblade, The X Files, The Indian in the Cupboard)
Armin Shimerman b. 1949 (Warehouse 13, Invasion, Tremors [TV], Charmed, The Tick, The Invisible Man, Buffy, Deep Space Nine, Sliders, The Lost World, Stargate SG-1, Beauty and the Beast, Alien Nation [TV])
Sam Shepard b. 1943 (The Right Stuff, Resurrection)
Harris Yulin b. 1937 (Buffy, The X-Files, Multiplicity, Loch Ness, Deep Space Nine, Ghostbusters II, Wonder Woman)
David Battley b. 1935 died 20 January 2003 (Krull, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Victor Argo b. 1934 died 7 April 2004 (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Wonder Woman, The Terminal Man)
Jan Shutan b. 1932 (Dracula’s Dog, Star Trek, The Outer Limits)
Jim Steranko b. 1930 (comic book artist)
Richard ‘Dick’ Davalos b. 1930 (Battle Beyond the Stars)
Kenneth Waller b. 1927 died 28 January 2000 (Doctor Who, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Alan Tilvern b. 1918 died 17 December 2003 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Little Shop of Horrors, Superman, UFO, The Frozen Dead, Out of the Unknown, Doctor Who, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)Willoughby Gray b. 1916 died 13 February 1993 (The Princess Bride, Solarbabies, The Mummy )
John McGiver b. 1913 died 9 September 1975 (Harvey [TV 1972], Bewitched, Mr. Terrific, I dream of Jeannie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, ‘Way Out)
General Sir John Hackett b. 1910 died 9 September 1997 (Author, The Third World War: August 1985)
Philip MacDonald b. 1900 died 10 December 1980 (author, Forbidden Planet)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I had Famke Janssen in the Picture Slot and I think there would have been very few complaints if I repeated myself for her fiftieth (?!?) birthday, but I decided instead to look at the list and put up the youngest actor I consider to have an iconic role, so it's Sam Rockwell from Galaxy Quest, a movie now fifteen years old and one that holds up very well due to great writing and acting. I almost used Jan Shutan from her role on Star Trek, answer to the trivia question "When did Scotty ever get to be a horndog?", and she might get the nod next year, but there is plenty of competition.
2. What about the oldest person on the list in competition for the 2015 Picture Slot? Well, Alan Tilvern was R.K. Maroon in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Willoughby Gray was the king in The Princess Bride, both small roles in great films. I also might go with Oh That Old Stuffy Guy John McGiver. Granted, he was old enough to be my grandparent and played a grumpy adult in all his roles, but it seems strange to me he was only 61 when he died.
3. And all the rest. There are a lot of good choices for 2015 Picture Slot, including Tilda Swinton, Robert Patrick, Armin Shimerman and Harris Yulin, as well as the others already mentioned.
4. Canadian spotted! Today it was really tough, so I'm going to give it to you. As soon as you see Supernatural and Smallville on the same resume, you figure that has to be a Canuck, but the only true citizen of the Great White North on the list is... Leni Parker, who worked in slightly older shows from the 1990s and early 2000s.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Megamind released, 2010
The Incredibles released, 2004
The Matrix Revolutions released 2003
Prediction: Entering the great hall of the museum, Mr. Smith attend the inaugural lecture of a course that is to trace the history of the conquest of the moon, It was in 1950 that a new Christopher Columbus, long foreshadowed by our story-writers, landed on our satellite. A vehicle was built, moved by apergy, that etheric force which counteracts the attraction of gravitation and enables a body to pass through interplanetary space. The car contained an abundant provision of oxygen in solid form, of which it was only necessary to melt a small piece in order to feed the lungs of the daring explorer for several days.
After six months of anxiety and hope this modern caravel landed its captain upon the moon at the bottom of an arid hollow which astronomers had called the Sea of Serenity. The man, in a diver’s suit, took several steps, took several steps outside his car, enough to gaze upon a vast amphitheatre, dazzling in the crude light and bristling with hard ridges and mineral efflorescence. He proved that this dead world was utterly uninhabitable.
Through the hermetically closed costume which covered him he could feel a glacial chill; his limbs swelled and gave him acute pain; death was lying in wait for him.
Hurriedly he started on his return voyage to the earth. Unfortunately the greater part of the stored oxygen had leaked out and spread itself over the surface of the moon, so that on the return trip he was obliged to put himself on short rations of air, as ancient mariners used sometimes to do with fresh water, and he arrived home half asphyxiated about a year after his departure.
Reality: Our 1911 correspondent nicked the anti-gravity to the moon idea from H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon, published 1901. In real life, astronauts have had to go on short provisions due to accidents and survived the ordeal, most notably on the ill-fated Apollo 13 which managed to bring all three of the astronauts back to Earth alive.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Lee de Forest is back in the prediction biz with several ideas about the hypermodern home conveniences of the year 2000, some of which actually exist.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!