Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2 December 2014
Cassie Steele b. 1989 (My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Relic Hunter)
Alfred Enoch b. 1988 (Harry Potter)
Jana Kramer b. 1983 (Click, Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis)
Sadie Alexandru b. 1977 (Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Gamer)
Frank Cho b. 1971 (artist, Avengers, Hulk)
Lucy Liu b. 1968 (Rise: Blood Hunter, Cypher, The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, The X-Files, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Rena Sofer b. 1968 (Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast , Heroes, The Chronicle, Timecop)
Dan Gauthier b. 1963 (No Ordinary Family, Lost, Supernatural, Charmed, Sliders, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Teen Witch)
Steven Bauer b. 1956 (Mutants, Planet Raptor, Relic Hunter, Welcome to Paradox)
Dennis Christopher b. 1955 (The Lost Room, Angel, Star Trek: Enterprise, FreakyLinks, Roswell, SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Plughead Circuitry Man I & II, Necronomicon: Book of Dead, It, Alien Predator, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Time Tunnel)
Dan Butler b. 1954 (Supernatural, From the Earth to the Moon, Star Trek: Voyager, The X-Files, Quantum Leap)
Keith Szarabajka b. 1952 (Jedi Camp, Halo 4: Movie, Charmed, Angel, The Zeta Project, The Dark Knight, Star Trek: Enterprise, Roswell, The X-Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Timecop, Babylon 5)
T.C. Boyle b. 1948 (author, Friend of the Earth)
Cathy Lee Crosby b. 1944 (Wonder Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker)
Arch Hall, Jr. b 1943 (Eegah)
John D. Collins b. 1942 (Doctor Who, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave)
Linda Redfearn b. 1939 (The Omega Man)
Jimmy Sangster b. 1927 died 19 August 2011 (writer, The Crawling Eye, Horror of Dracula, Brides of Dracula, The Mummy, X: The Unknown)
Jack Davis b. 1924 (artist, MAD magazine, Tales From the Crypt)
Jonathan Frid b. 1924 died 13 April 2012 (Dark Shadows, The Devil’s Daughter)
Don Fellows b. 1922 died 21 October 2007 (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Haunted Honeymoon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman II, Destination Moonbase-Alpha, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Alien Attack, The Omen, Space: 1999)
Leo Gordon b. 1922 died 26 December 2000 (SeaQuest 2032, Alienator, Far Out Space Nuts, Mr. Terrific, Attack of the Giant Leeches)
Ezra Stone b. 1917 died 3 March 1994 (director, Space Academy, Lost in Space, The Munsters, My Living Doll)
Ray Walston b. 1914 died 1 January 2001 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, My Favorite Martian [1999 and 1966], The Stand, Project: ALF, Eerie, Indiana, Superboy, Misfits of Science, Otherworld, Galaxy of Terror, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, ‘Way Out, Damn Yankees!)
Bill Erwin b. 1914 died 29 December 2010 (Lois & Clark, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyagers!, Somewhere in Time, The Invaders, The Brass Bottle, Twilight Zone)
Jerry Sohl b. 1913 died 4 November 2002 (writer, Star Trek, Twilight Zone)
Sybille Schmitz b. 1909 died 13 April 1955 (Vampyr)
Robert F. Simon b. 1908 died 29 November 1992 (The Amazing Spider-Man , The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War, Bewitched, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, The Wizard of Baghdad)
Frank Reicher b. 1875 died 19 January 1965 (Superman and the Mole-Men, House of Frankenstein, The Mummy’s Ghost, Captain America [1944 Serial], The Mummy’s Tomb, Dr. Cyclops, The Invisible Ray, The Son of Kong, King Kong)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, before I was so fussy about iconic roles in genre, the Picture Slot was given to Lucy Liu, who I would say is the best known actor on today's list to audiences today. Most of the rest of the list that are well known are at the Oh That Guy level of fame, though for me, today's Picture Slotter is at the "Hey, it's Ray Walston!" level. I watched My Favorite Martian when I was a kid and I always liked seeing him in other roles, from South Pacific and Damn Yankees! early in his career to The Sting, The Stand and Star Trek: The Next Generation later on. As for next year, almost all the candidates are from TV shows, and if we limit it to the top billed, it's a toss-up between Jonathan Frid and Cathy Lee Crosby. The only non-TV role up for consideration is Frank Reicher as Capt. Englehorn from King Kong.
2. One Canadian, but hard to spot. Cassie Steele is very pretty and Canadian born, but she worked on Degrassi High shows and not so much Canuck genre stuff, so I'm giving her name away instead of asking the gang to guess.
3. The Oh That Guys. Besides Ray Walston, we've got grumpy old guy Bill Erwin, cowboy bad guy Leo Gordon and from the younger crowd, Dennis Christopher and Keith Szarabajka. Christopher had some starring roles early on in his career, Breaking Away the best known, but has been doing character roles now for several decades. Szarabajka was the vampire hunter Holtz on Angel. As a baritone, I am always jealous of natural basses, and Szarabajka has one of the prettiest speaking voices around, which is why he is in near constant demand as a voice actor.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: In December 1986, a tenth planet enters our solar system, home to The Cybermen, living creatures embedded in mechanical bodies.
Reality: "Reality" and Doctor Who are like chalk and cheese. Like with the Daleks, it always seems as though the Doctor has killed them all off, but somehow they always make it back.
British actress Joanna Dunham died last year at the age of 78. Her roles in genre were in Space: 1999, The House That Dripped Blood and H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Joanna Dunham. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
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