Friday, January 30, 2015
30 January 2015
Danielle Campbell b. 1995 (The Originals)
Jake Thomas b. 1990 (Dinocroc, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Cell, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Rob Pinkston b. 1988 (The Sasquatch Gang)
Ashley Bucille b. 1986 (Phenomenon)
Michael Barra b. 1986 (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Wilmer Valderrama b. 1980 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Awake, Wizards of Waverly Place, Chadam, The Dead One)
Margot Finley b. 1980 (First Wave, The Odyssey [1994 TV], Power Pack)
Christian Bale b. 1974 (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator Salvation, The Prestige, Equilibrium, Reign of Fire, Mio in the Land of Faraway)
Olivia Colman b. 1974 (Doctor Who)
Darren Boyd b. 1971 (The World’s End, ReGenesis)
Tony Maudsley b. 1968 (Day of the Triffids [TV], Being Human, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sleepy Hollow )
Thomas McCarthy b. 1966 (2012)
Wayne Wilderson b. 1966 (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Monkeybone, Crusade, Independence Day)
Julie McCullough b. 1965 (Sharknado, 2012: Ice Age, The Blob , Black Scorpion. Relic Hunter, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], The Munsters Today, Superboy, The Blob, Max Headroom)
Alex Hyde-White b. 1959 (Mars, The Alien Within, Babylon 5, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Fantastic Four , Voyagers!, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Battlestar Galactica )
Ann Dowd b 1956 (The Leftovers, The X Files)
Rab Affleck b. 1953 (Doctor Who, Stardust)
Charles S. Dutton b. 1951 (Android Cop, Alien3, American Horror Story, Legion, Threshold, Gothika, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Mimic, Cat’s Eye)
Gregory Benford b. 1941 (won 1981 Nebula for Timescape)
George Barr b. 1937 (illustator)
Vanessa Redgrave b. 1937 (The Day of the Triffids , Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Deep Impact, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Richard Brautigan b. 1935 died 14 September 1984 (author, In Watermelon Sugar, The Hawkline Monster)
Tammy Grimes b. 1934 (The Stuff, The Borrowers)
Gino Conforti b. 1932 (Harry and the Hendersons [TV], Small Wonder, Through the Magic Pyramid, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Time Express)
Read Morgan b. 1931 (Back to the Future, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Voyagers!, The Munsters’ Revenge, Meteor, Time After Time, The Car, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Sleeper, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], Octaman, The Immortal, The Beach Girls and the Monster, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Gene Hackman b. 1930 (Superman I, II & IV, Young Frankenstein, Marooned, The Invaders)
Dorothy Malone b. 1925 (The Being, The Day Time Ended)
Michael Anderson b. 1920 (director, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997 TV], Millennium , The Martian Chronicles, Logan’s Run, 1984 )
David Opatoshu b. 1918 died 30 April 1996 (Alien Nation, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Salvage 1, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Invisible Man [1975 TV], Star Trek, Mr. Terrific, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
David Wayne b, 1914 died 9 February 1995 (It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, The Andromeda Strain, Batman [TV], Twilight Zone)
John Ireland b. 1914 died 21 March 1992 (Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, War of the Worlds [TV], Deadly Nightmares, Miami Golem, The Incubus, The Shape of Things to Come , Planet of the Apes [TV])
Hugh Marlowe b. 1911 died 2 May 1982 (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Earth vs. Flying Saucers, World Without End)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In earlier years, I went old school and used Hugh Marlowe, then went (relatively) new school and used Christian Bale. Why David Opatashu this year? Well, if I hadn't found him among the birthday boy and girls on imdb.com, this would have been yet another "Hey,... No Star Trek!" day.
2. Okay, how about Gene Hackman? Gene Hackman would have been an excellent choice, either as Lex Luthor or the blind monk from Young Frankenstein, one of my favorite cameo appearances of all time. He is also the reason we will have the MST3K label today, because he was in Marooned. I should also note that Hackman has not made a movie since 2004. Of course, it should be noted that was when he was 74. Some actors work until they die, but there is no unwritten rule that says they have to. I hope Mr. Hackman is relaxing and enjoying himself. Also, he's only the third oldest person alive on today's list at 85. Dorothy Malone turns 90 and director Michael Anderson turns 95 and both of them retired quite a while back as well, though neither was a star as big as Hackman. Best wishes to all three.
3. The strange case of Hugh Marlowe. Back in the day, actors were often either in the big budget movies or the small budget movies. Some started big then got trapped in small budget stuff, others started humbly and then hit the big time. Marlowe took work wherever he could get it. For a sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still was as prestigious as it got in the 1950s, but that isn't the case with World Without End or the Harryhausen movie Earth vs. Flying Saucers. He was also in big budget films like Twelve O'Clock High, All About Eve and Seven Days in May, some before his sci-fi work and some after. Hugh did the work and Hugh cashed the check. Good on ya, Mr. Marlowe.
4. Old and lazy Canadians. John Ireland was born in Canada and he gets a few roles late in his career in productions shot in his homeland, but they aren't the shows we've come to think of as telltale marks of Canadian citizenship. Margot Finley has just 11 credits on imdb.com, which is not a very busy career, so it's hard to tell she's Canadian as well.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: I imagine also the plea and proof that a grave criminal is also insane will be regarded by them [the citizens of the future] not as a reason for mercy, but as an added reason for death. I do not see how they can think otherwise on the principles they will profess.
They will naturally regard the modest suicide of incurably melancholy, or diseased or helpless persons as a high and courageous act of duty rather than a crime.
Reality: Over the next few weeks, I want to dispel the notion that Wells was even remotely like that nice guy Malcolm McDowell played in Time After Time. While he called himself a socialist, many of the the quotes from the last chapter of this book would put him on the reactionary and bigoted end of the political spectrum today. It should be noted that conservatives would gladly endorse killing criminals regardless of mental capacity, most would not be pro-suicide, at least not those who would want votes from evangelicals.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
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