Tuesday, December 9, 2014
9 December 2015
Cody Kennedy b. 1991 (Superpowerless, Piranha 3DD)
Joshua Sasse b. 1987 (Frankenstein’s Army)
Jolene Purdy b. 1983 (Under the Dome, Donnie Darko)
Simon Helberg b. 1980 (Big Bang Theory, Dr, Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Jesse Metcalfe b. 1978 (Smallville)
Kevin Daniels b. 1976 (Smallville, The Island, Charmed, Buffy)
Reiko Aylesworth b. 1972 (Revolution, SGU Stargate Universe, Lost, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Stephen King’s Dead Zone)
Sebastian Spence b. 1969 (Continuum, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, Category 7: The End of the World, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Mutant X, Strange Frequency, Dark Angel, First Wave, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The X Files)
Toby Huss b. 1966 (The Venture Brothers, R.I.P.D., Cowboys & Aliens, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Carnivale, Bedazzled)
Brad Savage b. 1965 (Mork & Mindy, Salem’s Lot, Return from Witch Mountain)
Felicity Huffman b. 1962 (The X Files)
Richard Brooks b. 1962 (Firefly, Good vs Evil, Brimstone, The Crow: City of Angels, Shocker, The Hidden, Teen Wolf)
Joe Lando b. 1961 (Earth Fall, A.I. Assault, Bloodsuckers, Blindness, Alien Nation: The Enemy Within, Beauty and the Beast , Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
John Paragon b. 1954 (Deep Space Nine, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Pee-wee’s Playhouse)
John Malkovich b. 1953 (Warm Bodies, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Jonah Hex, The Mutant Chronicles, Beowulf, Eragon, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shadow of the Vampire, Being John Malkovich, Mary Reilly, Making Mr. Right)
Michael Dorn b. 1952 (Ted 2, Castlevania: Hymn of Blood, Heroes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Demon Seed)
Robert Winley b. 1952 died 21 October 2001 (Sliders, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Tales from the Crypt, Near Dark)
Michael Nouri b. 1945 (Legend of the Seeker, Star Trek: Enterprise, Captain America , The Hidden, The Curse of Dracula )
Neil Innes b. 1944 (Erik the Viking, Jabberwocky)
Beau Bridges b. 1941 (Stargate, 10.5 Apocalypse, RocketMan, Tales from the Crypt, Amazing Stories, Space, Alice In Wonderland , Village of the Giants)
Dame Judi Dench b. 1934 (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Chronicles of Riddick)
Morton Downey, Jr. b, 1933 died 12 March 2001 (Predator 2)
Buck Henry b. 1930 (writer, Quark, Captain Nice)
John Cassavetes b. 1929 died 3 February 1989 (The Fury, Rosemary’s Baby, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Dick Van Patten b. 1928 (Lois & Clark, Spaceballs, Westworld, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Girl with Something Extra, Soylent Green, I Dream of Jeannie)
Kirk Douglas b. 1916 (Tales from the Crypt, The Final Countdown, Saturn 3, The Fury, Holocaust 2000, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ulysses)
Bartlett Robinson b. 1912 died 26 March 1986 (Sleeper, The Invaders, My Mother the Car, Bewitched, The Munsters, Twilight Zone)
Margaret Hamilton b. 1902 died 16 May 1985 (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Addams Family, 13 Ghosts, The Invisible Woman, The Wizard of Oz)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used Michael Dorn as Worf. This year I was moments away from using Margaret Hamilton from The Wizard of Oz. But the most remarkable thing about this list to me is Kirk Douglas turning 98, so we get a picture of him from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when he was in his many, rugged prime. There are a lot of choices possible next year, and they range in age from Ms. Hamilton as the eldest and Simon Helberg as the youngest.
2. Spot the Canadian! Like yesterday, we just have the one and the resume is fairly obvious.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially living legend Kirk Douglas, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe released, 2005
Prediction: According to a study done in 1999, the total number of Iraqi dead in the 1991 Gulf War was 275,000.
Reality: Here Wagar knows the battle had taken place in the past for him, but the estimate was from the future. According to the best estimates I've found online, the number was between 25,000 and 35,000, so he's off by a factor of about 10.
Say hello to W. Warren Wagar, our new Tuesday regular. His history of the future is told from the point of view of someone in 2200 looking back. Wagar, who died in 2004, was a historian and in 1987 started this book. It was published in 1989, the year communism fell. He was embarrassed that the Commies were still a factor in the original edition, so he re-wrote the book in 1991. The predictions I'll be using are from that edition.
According to Wagar, capitalists pretty much get their way until 2044. He doesn't get a lot of stuff right on the money, but there are plenty of dates mentioned in the time period this blog is interested in, which means up to 2020. Sources of predictions are the short resource here at the blog, so I was happy to find this book. He's not as pompous as FM-2030 (Who could be?), but I hope people will find him amusing.
Yesterday was a very bad day for some guys about my age. Ken Weatherwax has four roles list on imdb.com. Three of them are as Pugsley Addams and the fourth is from Wagon Train, where he played Stout Boy. He left the biz after his stint on The Addams Family and by the obituary accounts, lived happily in obscurity, always glad to sign an autograph for anyone who recognized him. The cause of death was a heart attack.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Ken Weatherwax, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
I wasn't aware of the work of Eddie Rouse until his obit was posted yesterday, but he had a role in the 2009 movie Pandorum and a role in the new HBO version of Westworld, which is filming now. His cause of death at the age of 60 was liver failure. He was definitely a working actor, but somewhat obscure. He had no Wikipedia page and imdb.com doesn't mention his birthday.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Eddie Rouse. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another trip back to 1911, where some newspaper writer predicts the wonders of 2011.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!