Thursday, February 12, 2015
12 February 2015
Sam Webb b. 1997 (Transcendence, Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer)
Jennifer Stone b. 1993 (Deadtime Stories, Wizards of Waverly Place)
Afshan Azad b. 1988 (Harry Potter)
Anna Hopkins b. 1987 (Lost Girl, Arrow, Stephen King’s Dead Zone)
Clare-Hope Ashitey b. 1987 (Children of Men)
Valorie Curry b. 1986 (Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2)
Sam Kennard b. 1982 (The Dark Knight Rises)
Enver Gjokaj b. 1980 (Agent Carter, Extant, Witches of East End, The Walking Dead, Marvel’s The Avengers, Dollhouse)
Christina Ricci b. 1980 (After.Life, Speed Racer, The Gathering, Sleepy Hollow [movie], Casper, Addams Family, Addams Family Values)
Sarah Lancaster b. 1980 (Witches of East End, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Jesse Spencer b. 1979 (Time Trax)
Michael Bower b. 1975 (Wishcraft, Dark Angel, Evolution, Dude, Where’s My Car?, The X Files, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, Weird Science [TV], Tales from the Crypt)
Lisa Brenner b. 1974 (The Librarian)
Darren Aronofsky b. 1969 (director, The Fountain, Pi)
Josh Brolin b. 1968 (Guardians of the Galaxy, Men in Black 3, Jonah Hex, Planet Terror, Hollow Man, Mimic)
Lochlyn Munro b. 1966 (Tomorrowland, Arrow, Lost Girl, Mysterious Island , Infection: The Invasion Begins, Xtinction: Predator X, Smallville, Andromeda, Dead Like Me, Freddy vs. Jason, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Dracula 2000, Charmed, Welcome to Paradox, Dead Man on Campus, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Sliders, Highlander [TV], Needful Things, The Girl from Mars)
David Joseph Steinberg b. 1965 died 16 March 2010 (Transylmania, Charmed, Willow)
Alex Meneses b. 1965 (Amanda and the Alien)
Christine Elise b. 1965 (Charmed, Escape from Mars, Body Snatchers, Child’s Play 2)
Raphael Sbarge b. 1964 (Once Upon a Time, No Ordinary Family, Heroes, Dollhouse, Journeyman, Threshold, Charmed, Dark Skies, Independence Day, Star Trek: Voyager, SeaQuest 2032, Carnosaur, The Hidden II, Quantum Leap, Monsters, Werewolf, My Science Project)
John Michael Higgins b. 1963 (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Blade: Trinity, Bicentennial Man, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], From the Earth to the Moon, Weird Science [TV], Vampire’s Kiss)
Sigrid Thornton b. 1959 (Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Trapped in Space)
Fraser Clarke Heston b. 1955 (director, Needful Things)
Zach Grenier b. 1954 (RoboCop , Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Star Trek: Enterprise, The X Files)
Simon MacCorkindale b. 1952 died 14 October 2010 (Relic Hunter, Dark Realm, The Dinosaur Hunter, Earth: Final Conflict, Poltergeist: The Legacy [TV], Wing Commander, NightMan, Manimal, The Sword and the Sorceror, Hammer House of Horror, Quatermass)
Larry Joshua b. 1952 (Lost, Spider-Man, The X Files, Conan, War of the Worlds [TV])
Michael Ironside b. 1950 (Turbo Kid, Extraterrestrial, Ice Soldiers, Meltdown on the Ice Planet, X-Men: First Class, Smallville, Lake Placid 3, Terminator Salvation, Mutants, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Ignition, Mindstorm, Starship Troopers, SeaQuest 2032, Highlander II: the Quickening, Total Recall, Watchers, V, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Scanners)
Robin Thomas Grossman b. 1949 (Pacific Rim, Clockstoppers, Halloweentown I & II)
Ray Kurzweil b. 1948 (author, The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity is Near)
Maud Adams b. 1945 (Rollerball)
David Seltzer b. 1940 (screenwriter, Prophecy, The Omen, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Hellstrom Chronicle)
Richard Lynch b. 1940 died 19 June 2012 (The Lords of Salem, Halloween , Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy, The Mummy’s Kiss, Charmed, Highlander [TV], Necromicon: Book of Dead, Star Trek: Next Generation, Merlin, Super Force, Alligator II: the Mutation, Invasion Force, Manimal, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Phoenix, Werewolf, The Barbarians, Automan, Battlestar Galactica, Vampire, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Bionic Woman)
Ralph Bates b. 1940 died 27 March 1991 (Moonbase 3, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Lust for a Vampire, The Horror of Frankenstein, Taste the Blood of Dracula)
Joe Don Baker b. 1936 (Mars Attacks!, Congo, Leonard Part 6)
Paul Shenar b. 1936 died 11 October 1989 (Logan’s Run [TV], Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, Gemini Man, The Invisible Man [TV])
Annette Crosbie b. 1934 (Into the Woods, Doctor Who, Hawk the Slayer, The Slipper and the Rose)
Lincoln Kilpatrick b. 1932 died 18 May 2004 (Fortress, The Greatest American Hero, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Six Million Dollar Man, Soylent Green, The Omega Man)
H.M. Wynant b. 1927 (The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, Trail of the Screaming Forehead, SeaQuest 2032, Solar Crisis, Earthbound, Future Cop, The Six Million Dollar Man, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Batman, Twilight Zone, Men Into Space)
Forrest Tucker b. 1919 died 25 October 1986 (The Bionic Woman, The Ghost Busters [TV], The Crawling Eye, The Cosmic Monster, The Abominable Snowman)
Lorne Greene b. 1915 died 11 September 1987 (Battlestar Galactica)
Wallace Ford b. 1898 died 11 June 1966 (Harvey, The Ape Man, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Hand)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. A long list today and several names stand out. I used Michael Ironside from Starship Troopers in the Picture Slot previously, but there are plenty of good choices, so no repeats this year. From oldest to youngest, the best candidates are Lorne Greene from Battlestar Galactica, Simon McCorkindale from Manimal, Enver Gjokaj from several of his TV shows and Clare-Hope Ashitey as the pregnant woman from Children of Men, but instead I went with Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. She has grown into an attractive woman, so I have no qualms about using the fabulous babe label here.
2. Nepotism FTW. Josh Brolin has been in so many big budget productions, he no longer has to be introduced as James Brolin's kid. Fraser Clarke Heston on the other hand... he's still Charlton Heston's son and without much chance of equaling or eclipsing his dad's career.
3. A list honeycombed with Canadians. Lochlyn Munro has a very typical Canadian resume, Anna Hopkins is a little harder to detect. But unless you make a hobby of knowing who was born in Canada, you wouldn't be able to guess Lorne Greene and Michael Ironside.
4. MST3K. The Crawling Eye with Forrest Tucker was the very first movie that got the MST3K treatment. While it's not a genre production, Joe Don Baker in Mitchell is a very well-known episode.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: “I do not hesitate to forecast that atomic batteries will be commonplace long before 1980. It can be taken for granted that before that date, ships, aircraft, locomotives and even automobiles will be atomically fueled.”
Reality: The first nuclear powered submarine was launched in 1954 and the whole Atoms for Peace thing was in full swing when Sarnoff made this prediction. The 1970s did see the start of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, but other than governmental customers, atomic power for moving vehicles didn't pan out.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another visit from H.G. Wells with a prediction that doesn't make him look like a racist scumbag.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!