Tuesday, January 6, 2015
6 January 2015
Courtney Eaton b. 1996 (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Irina Shayk b. 1986 (Hercules)
Cristina Rosato b. 1983 (Helix, Survival Code, Lost Girl)
Eddie Redmayne b. 1982 (Jupiter Ascending)
Rinko Kikuchi b. 1981 (47 Ronin, Pacific Rim)
Tara Spencer-Nairn b. 1978 (The Strain, ReGenesis, Puppets Who Kill, Tracker, NightMan, Poltergeist: The Legacy)
Danny Pintauro b. 1976 (Timestalkers)
Johnny Yong Bosch b. 1976 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Aron Eisenberg b. 1969 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, Star Trek: Voyager, Amityville: The Evil Escapes)
Norman Reedus b. 1969 (The Walking Dead, Pandorum, Charmed, Blade II, Mimic)
Vincenzo Natali b. 1969 (director, Darknet, Haunter, Splice, Cypher, Earth: Final Conflict, Cube, Space Cases)
Andrea Thompson b. 1960 (Heroes: Destiny, Babylon 5, Quantum Leap, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth)
Holly Fulger b. 1956 (Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century)
Rowan Atkinson b. 1955 (Scooby-Doo, Bernard and the Genie, The Witches, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol)
Anthony Minghella b. 1954 died 18 March 2008 (director, Truly Madly Deeply)
Richard Norton b. 1950 (Dream Warrior, Cyber Tracker, Future Hunters, Equalizer 2000)
Armelia McQueen b. 1946 (Wishful Things, Adventures in Wonderland, Ghost)
Sylvia Sims b. 1934 (Doctor Who)
John Clive b. 1933 died 14 October 2012 (Queen Kong, A Clockwork Orange, The Gnomes of Dulwich)
Mark Forest b. 1933 (Goliath and the Dragon, Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules, Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun, Colossus of the Arena)
Vic Tayback b. 1930 died 25 May 1990 (Tales from the Darkside, Through the Magic Pyramid, Time Express, Bewitched, Land of the Giants, Star Trek, Captain Nice, I Dream of Jeannie)
Professor Toru Tanaka b. 1930 died 22 August 2000 (Last Action Hero, Alligator II: The Mutation, Darkman, The Running Man)
Mickey Hargitay b. 1926 died 14 September 2006 (Lady Frankenstein, The Loves of Hercules)
Billy Sands b. 1911 died 27 August 1984 (The Munster’s Revenge, The Reluctant Astronaut)
Tom Fadden b. 1895 died 14 April 1980 (Empire of the Ants, Invasion of the Body Snatchers , The Adventures of Superman)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, I used pictures of Aron Eisenberg as Nog on Deep Space Nine and Andrea Thompson from Babylon 5. I almost went with Vic Tayback from the Planet O'Gangsters episode of the original Star Trek, but instead I decided to drag my sorry butt into the 21st Century with a picture of Norman Reedus as Daryl in The Walking Dead.
2. The Canadians, pre-spotted for your protection. Neither of our young Canadians have super long credit lists, so I will spot them for you: Cristina Rosato and Tara Spencer-Nairn.
3. Wait... he's dead? I was a bit surprised at how many genre credits Vic Tayback had and I only vaguely recalled he was dead. I have not processed that director Anthony Minghella is dead at all.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictions (reality in parentheses):
Carolina over Arizona: 12 correct, 2 incorrect
Baltimore over Pittsburgh: 1 correct, 13 incorrect
Indianapolis over Cincinnati: 6 correct, 8 incorrect
Dallas over Detroit: 14 correct, 0 incorrect
Overall record: 33-23 58.9% correct.
Further analysis: I often dismiss sports predictions and sometimes they are very bad, but this week the experts did well. Adam Schefter is the only one to pick the Ravens over the Steelers and he got all four games right. Doing this well over in a sample of 56 predictions puts this group in the 91st percentile, which is very commendable. It should be noted that if Detroit beat Dallas the predictions would have been awful and even Cowboy fans I know admit the game was decided by questionable calls by the referees. We will be back on Mondays over the next three weeks to see how the experts do predicting the rest of the playoffs.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
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