Wednesday, December 31, 2014
31 December 2014
Bronson Pelletier b. 1986 (Twilight Saga, Dinosapien)
G. Michael Gray b. 1979 (Fringe, Smallville, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Painkiller Jane, Blade: The Series, Terminal City, Fantastic Four, A Wrinkle in Time, Jeremiah, Dark Angel)
Steve Byers b. 1976 (Alphas, Total Recall , Immortals, Smallville, The Dresden Files, Mutant X, House of the Dead, Carrie [2002 TV])
Kenny Morrison b. 1974 (Star Trek: Voyager, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, The Wizard)
Jennifer Hill b. 1973 (Mutant X, Relic Hunter)
Chandra West b. 1970 (Universal Soldier II and III, Earth: Final Conflict, Kindred: The Embraced, Highlander [TV], Forever Knight, My Secret Identity, Deadly Nightmares)
Claire Lautier b. 1969 (The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, Elf)
Bruce Ramsay b. 1966 (Continuum, Riverworld, Supernatural, Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, Island of the Dead, The Hunger [TV], Hellraiser: Bloodline, Deadly Nightmares)
Li Gong b. 1965 (2046)
Geoff Meed b. 1965 (Awake, Wonder Woman [2011 TV Movie], The Day the Earth Stood Still , Resident Evil: Extinction, Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy, Charmed, Babylon 5)
Michael McDonald b. 1964 (Invader ZIM, Carnosaur II and III, The Unborn II, Leprechaun 2)
Roberto Lombardi b. 1963 (Perfect: Android Rising, Deadpool [TV], Zombie eXs, Ghost Blunders, The Last Airbender, The Happening)
Amelia Kinkade b. 1963 (Night of the Demons I, II & III, My Best Friend Is a Vampire, Misfits of Science, Knight Rider)
Katy Karrenbauer b. 1962 (Cloud Atlas)
Val Kilmer b. 1959 (The Thaw, George and the Dragon, Red Planet, The Island of Dr. Moreau , Batman Forever, Willow, Real Genius)
Bebe Neuwirth b. 1958 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Jumanji, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Peter Williams b. 1957 (Fallen, Stargate: SG-1, Earthsea, Dead Like Me, Catwoman, The Chronicles of Riddick, Dark Angel, Relic Hunter, NightMan, The X-Files)
James Remar b. 1953 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Horns, All Superheroes Must Die, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, X-Men: First Class, The Vampire Diaries, FlashForward, The Unborn, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Robo Warrior, The Phantom, Blade: Trinity, Judge Dredd, Tales form the Crypt [TV], Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Deadly Nightmares, The Clan of the Cave Bear)
Jane Badler b. 1953 (V [1983 and 2011], The Lost World [2002 TV])
Elizabeth Norment b. 1952 died 13 October 2014 (Twilight Zone , Runaway)
Tim Matheson b. 1947 (A Very Unlucky Leprechaun, Sometimes They Come Back, Drop Dead Fred, Solar Crisis, Bay Coven)
Barbara Carrera b. 1945 (Wicked Stepmother, Condorman, Embryo, The Island of Dr. Moreau )
Connie Willis b. 1945 (won 1993 Hugo and Nebula for Doomsday Book, won 1999 Hugo for To Say Nothing of the Dog, won 2011 Hugo and Nebula for Blackout/All Clear)
Vernon Wells b. 1945 (Alien Hunger, Jurassic City, The Dead Undead, World’s End, Silent Night, Zombie Night, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , Saurian, Power Rangers, The Education of a Vampire, Beneath Loch Ness, Billy Frankenstein, Conan [1997 TV], 2002: The Rape of Eden, Manosaurus, Circuitry Man I and II, Innerspace, Knight Rider, Weird Science, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior)
Taylor Hackford b. 1944 (director, Devil’s Advocate)
Ben Kingsley b. 1943 (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robot Overlords, Ender’s Game, Iron Man 3, Hugo, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, A Sound of Thunder, Tuck Everlasting, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Alice in Wonderland [1999 TV], Species, Slipstream)
Sean S. Cunningham b. 1941 (director, Terminal Invasion, DeepStar Six, Friday the 13th)
Sarah Miles b. 1941 (Venom)
Rosalind Cash b. 1938 died 31 October 1995 (Tales from the Hood, Lois & Clark, Knight Rider, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde, The Omega Man)
Anthony Hopkins b. 1937 (Westworld [2015 TV], Thor, The Wolfman, Beowulf, Slipstream, Meet Joe Black, Dracula , Freejack)
Richard Hamilton b. 1920 died 21 December 2004 (The Visitor [1997 TV], Men in Black, Resurrection)
Theresa Harris b. 1906 died 8 October 1985 (I Walked with a Zombie, Cat People )
Rhys Williams b. 1897 died 28 May 1969 (The Invaders, Topper [1953 TV], Adventures of Superman, The Son of Dr. Jekyll)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used a picture of Bebe Neuwirth from Star Trek: The Next Pajamas because... reasons. This year, it's the honest to Odin A-list movie star Anthony Hopkins as, well, Odin. Next year I might go with another of the stars like Val Kilmer or Ben Kingsley, I might go fabulous babe with Rosalind Cash or Jane Badler, or if I'm in and Oh That Guy mood, top of the list is James Remar.
2. Canadians spotted. There are a lot of native born Canadians today and not all the credit lists are telltale. The are Bronson Pelletier, G. Michael Gray, Steve Byers, Jennifer Hill, Chandra West and Bruce Ramsay. Peter Williams has a Canadian looking resume and may very well live there, but he was born in Jamaica.
3. Fun facts to know and tell. Producer/director Taylor Hackford is married to Helen Mirren, the lucky bastid. Connie Willis has more major sci-fi awards than Asimov.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Barry Silbert in The Wall Street Journal, 9 March 2014
Prediction:"I can say with confidence that 2014 will be the year of bitcoin on Wall Street.”
Reality: Umm... no. No in a big, big way. There may be some guys on Wall Street that use Bitcoin for their hookers and blow purchases, but as an investment it's had a very bad year, most notably with the huge theft of Bitcoins from the website Mt. Gox, an event that already happened when Silbert made his "prediction". I put the word in quotes because Silbert is really a salesman of financial products, an occupation I trust only slightly more than the occupation of Bill Cosby's lawyer.
I usually don't list voice actors, though I do make exceptions. Christine Cavanaugh deserves to be an exception and sadly, she died on the 22nd of December at the age of 51. On screen, she had a guest role on The X-Files, but as a voice actor she got a lot of work, notably as the voice of the sheep pig in Babe and as Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory. She quit working about ten years ago and moved back to Utah to be closer to her family. The cause of death is not given.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Christine Cavanaugh, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
It's a new year and more importantly to the blog, a new month, so we will get a new splash illustration at the top. Fun!
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!