Monday, December 8, 2014
8 December 2014
AnnaSophia Robb b. 1993 (Race to Witch Mountain, Jumper, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Seth Ginsberg b. 1990 (Paranormal Activity 2, P-51 Dragon Fighter)
Ian Somerhalder b. 1978 (The Vampire Diaries, Lost, Smallville)
Margaret Anne Florence b. 1978 (My Super Ex-Girlfriend)
Dominic Monaghan b. 1976 (FlashForward, Lost, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Lord of the Rings)
Jarvis George b. 1976 (Heroes, Gamer, StargateSG-1)
Tyler Mane b. 1966 (X-Men, Halloween  and Halloween II , Hercules [TV 2005], The Scorpion King, Starfighters)
Matthew Labyorteaux b. 1966 (Deadly Friend, Amazing Stories, The Aliens Are Coming)
Matt Adler b. 1966 (Chronicle, Smallville)
David Harewood b. 1965 (Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live in Leeds, Doctor Who)
Teri Hatcher b. 1964 (Smallville, Spy Kids, Lois & Clark, Tales from the Crypt, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Wendell Pierce b. 1963 (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2)
Tony Griffin b. 1959 (Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Spaceballs)
Kevin McNulty b. 1955 (Supernatural, Meteor Storm, Battlestar Galactica, Watchmen, Kyle XY, Tin Man, Fantastic Four, The 4400, Stargate: Atlantis, Supervolcano, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Strange Frequency 1 and 2, Smallville, Andromeda, Dark Angel, Strange World, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The X-Files, Highlander [TV], The Neverending Story III, Timecop, M.A.N.T.I.S., Earth Star Voyager)
Kim Basinger b. 1953 (Batman, Cool World, My Stepmother is an Alien, The Six Million Dollar Man, Gemini Man)
Peter Carlberg b. 1950 (Let the Right One In)
Rick Baker b. 1950 (Make-Up and special effects, Men in Black, TRON: Legacy, The Wolfman, Enchanted, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Ring, Hellboy, Planet of the Apes, Mighty Joe Young, Escape From L.A., The Frighteners, Batman Forever, Wolf, Matinee, Beauty and the Beast, Werewolf, Harry and the Hendersons, Starman, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Howling, The Fury, The Incredible Melting Man, An American Werewolf in London, Star Wars, King Kong, It’s Alive)
Belinda Belaski b. 1947 (Small Soldiers, Matinee, Eerie, Indiana, Gremlins, The Howling, Food of the Gods)
John Rubenstein b. 1946 (The Wizards of Waverly Place, No Ordinary Family, Supernatural, Jekyll, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, Angel, Star Trek: Voyager, Lois & Clark, RoboCop [TV], The Boys From Brazil, Wonder Woman, The Car)
Mary Woronov b. 1943 (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, I Pass for Human, Frog-g-g!, Here Come the Munsters, Highlander [TV], Babylon 5, Warlock, Faerie Tale Theatre, Amazing Stories, TerrorVision, Knight Rider, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Night of the Comet, Death Race 2000, Superboy )
Julian Curry b. 1937 (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Loch Ness, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Out of the Unknown)
James MacArthur b. 1937 died 28 October 2010 (Superboy, Time Express)
David Carradine b. 1936 died 3 June 2009 (Dinocroc vs. Supergator, The Nightmare Room, Charmed, Martian Law, Nosferatu: The First Vampire, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Future Zone, Future Force, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II, Amazing Stories, The Warrior and the Sorceress, Q, Death Race 2000)
Maximilian Schell b. 1930 died 1 February 2014 (Deep Impact, Vampires, The Vampyre Wars, The Black Hole)
Dewey Martin b. 1923 (The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, The Thing From Another World)
Richard Fleischer b. 1916 died 25 March 2006 (director, Red Sonja, Conan the Destroyer, Soylent Green, Fantastic Voyage, Doctor Doolittle, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
Lee J. Cobb b. 1911 died 11 February 1976 (The Exorcist)
Georges Méliès b. 1861 died 21 January 1938 (director, A Trip to the Moon, The Hallucinated Alchemist, Gulliver’s Travels, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot
Last year, I used a still from the Georges Méliès film A Trip to the Moon. There were a lot of choices today, but I went with Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale from Batman. There are a lot of good choices for next year, the oldest being Maximilian Schell and the youngest Dominic Monaghan. If the criteria was most importance to the genre, I'd have to go with Rick Baker.
2. Wait... he's dead? Maximilian Schell's death is recent and I gave him a Never to be Forgotten, David Carradine's death was notorious and I haven't forgotten it, but I was surprised to see James MacArthur was gone. On the other hand, baby faced actor Dewey Martin just turned 91, so good on ya, Mr. Martin.
3. Spot the Canadian! There are folks with credits on the Usual Suspect shows, but our one Canadian today is the one who looks most obvious. Answer later today.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: In 1998, an unidentified craft is shot down over the North Sea. It may be related to a craft that crashed in London in 1944 during the V-2 rocket blitz.
Reality: British sci-fi and reality, two great tastes that do not go great together.
Come to think of it, reality can be fairly bitter and British sci-fi even worse. In any case, the aliens did not land in 1998, to the best of our knowledge.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Several of our regular predictors will be signing over the next few weeks and new regulars taking their place. Tomorrow we will be saying hello to W. Warren Wagar and his 1991 book A Short History of the Future.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!