Monday, December 22, 2014
22 December 2014
Logan Huffman b. 1989 (V )
Greg Finley b. 1984 (The Flash, Starcrossed, Hypothermia)
Brooke Nevin b. 1982 (The 4400, Supernatural, Smallville, Charmed, Animorphs)
Chris Carmack b. 1980 (The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, Smallville)
Omar J. Dorsey b. 1975 (Race to Witch Mountain)
Heather Donahue b. 1974 (Manticore, Taken, The Blair Witch Project)
Traci Dinwiddie b. 1973 (Zombies VS. Ninjas: The Web Series, Supernatural, Target Earth)
Ivan Kamaras b. 1972 (Dracula [2013 TV], World War Z, Hellboy II: The Golden Army)
Pat Mastroianni b. 1971 (Bitten, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Godzilla , War of the Worlds [1990 TV])
Deborah Twiss b. 1971 (School of Rock: Zombie Etiquette, Kick-Ass, Fringe)
Dina Meyer b. 1968 (Piranha 3D, Birds of Prey, Star Trek: Nemesis, Bats, Starship Troopers, DragonHeart, Johnny Mnemonic)
David S. Goyer b. 1965 (writer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Constantine, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, FlashForward, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Threshold, Blade, Blade II, The Puppet Masters, FreakyLinks, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, Dark City, Demonic Toys, Perversions of Science, The Crow: City of Angels)
Sergi Lopez b. 1965 (Pan’s Labyrinth)
Ralph Fiennes b. 1962 (Wrath of the Titans, Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans, Nanny McPhee Returns, Strange Days)
Lenny von Dohlen b. 1958 (Red Dwarf, The Flash , Dracula’s Widow, Tales from the Darkside)
Hugh Quarshie b. 1954 (Doctor Who, BeastMaster [TV], Jason and the Argonauts [2000 TV], Star Wars: Episode 1 – Yes That One Again, Wing Commander, The Tomorrow People, Nightbreed, Highlander)
Gregor Fisher b. 1953 (Nineteen Eighty-Four )
Jay Brazeau b. 1953 (Jinxed, Supernatural, Eureka, Watchmen, Stargate: Atlantis, House of the Dead, Taken, Mysterious Ways, Stargate SG-1, First Wave, Seven Days, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Strange Luck, Sliders, The Odyssey, The X Files, Highlander [TV], It)
Dan and Don Stanton b. 1952 (Lois & Clark, Mom and Dad Save the World, Eerie, Indiana, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Gremlins 2: The New Batch)
Graham Beckel b. 1949 (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, The Astronaut Farmer, Strange World, Fallen, Amerika, C.H.U.D.)
Lynne Thigpen b. 1948 died 12 March 2003 (Bicentennial Man, Blankman)
Hector Elizondo b. 1936 (Tales from the Crypt [TV], Amazing Stories)
Bill Saito b. 1936 died 14 November 2012 (Night Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Peggie Castle b. 1927 died 11 August 1973 (World of Giants, Back from the Dead, Beginning of the End)
Ruth Roman b. 1922 died 9 September 1999 (The Day of the Animals, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], The Outer Limits)
Barbara Billingsley b. 1915 died 16 October 2010 (Mysterious Ways, Amazing Stories, Mork & Mindy)
Emil Sitka b. 1914 died 16 January 1998 (My Favorite Martian, The Three Stooges in Orbit)
Fred Wilcox b. 1906 died 23 September 1964 (director, Forbidden Planet)
Noel Howlett b. 1902 died 26 October 1984 (Pardon My Genie, Five Million Miles to Earth, The Kiss of the Vampire, Quatermass and the Pit, A Christmas Carol )
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Geezer that I am, it's not uncommon for me to look at the birthday list and think only actors older than I am have iconic roles. On today's list, all the serious Picture Slot candidates are younger than I am. On the older list, Barbara Billingsley and Hector Elizondo are both well-known faces, but not for genre. Last year I used Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. This year, it's Dina Mayer from Starship Troopers, still looking fetching although splattered in bug guts. Next year, while I might use the poster from Forbidden Planet in honor of director Fred Wilcox, the front runner is Heather Donohue from The Blair Witch Project.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are three actors whose resumes look Canadian, but only two actually are. See if you can spot them.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Night at the Museum released 2006
Prediction: On 22 December 2012: The alien colonization begins.
Reality: It's a good bet Chris Carter used this date knowing about the end of the Mayan calendar the day before. If they colonized, they did it very quietly and the press did not take note. It would explain what is happening to cities like San Francisco and Manhattan, but that is rank speculation and I will not indulge in it.
Or will I?
British actress Billie Whitelaw died Sunday at the age of 82. On stage, she is most associated with the playwright Samuel Beckett who described her as "the perfect actress". She is remembered here for her work in genre productions, including Merlin [1998 TV], The Cloning of Joanna May, Supernatural , Space: 1999 and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [TV, 1968]. The picture is from her best known genre role, the evil nanny Mrs. Baylock in The Omen, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Billie Whitelaw, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another prediction of the bright capitalist victor of the 21st Century predicted in Warren Wagar's A Short History of the Future.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!