Wednesday, March 11, 2015
11 March 2015
Anton Yelchin b. 1989 (Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek , Fright Night, Terminator Salvation, Taken)
Daniella Kertesz b. 1989 (World War Z, AfterDeath)
Thora Birch b. 1982 (Shadow Realm, Dungeons & Dragons, Hocus Pocus, Purple People Eater)
David Anders b. 1981 (iZombie, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Warehouse 13, Heroes, Children of the Corn , The Revenant, Charmed, The Source)
Johnny Knoxville b. 1971 (Men in Black II)
Terrence Howard b. 1969 (Iron Man)
John Barrowman b. 1967 (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
Peter Berg b. 1964 (director, The Six Billion Dollar Man, Battleship, Virtuality, Hancock; actor, The Leftovers, Hancock, Shocker)
Alex Kingston b. 1963 (Arrow, Doctor Who, FlashForward)
Jeffrey Nordling b. 1962 (Arrow, TRON: Legacy, Apollo 11, Time Trax, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Alien Nation, Beauty and the Beast)
Elias Koteas b. 1961 (The Last Days on Mars, Let Me In, The Fourth Kind, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Skinwalkers, S1m0ne, Gattaca, The Prophecy, Cyborg 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Fulvio Cecere b. 1960 (The Flash, Continuum, The 100, The Tomorrow People, 666 Park Avenue, Grimm, Lost Girl, Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Watchmen, Supernatural, The Middleman, Battlestar Galactica, Reaper, Eureka, Stargate SG-1, Blade: The Series, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Paycheck, Dead Like Me, Odyssey 5, Taken, Smallville, Witchblade, Relic Hunter, Dark Angel, Earth; Final Conflict, Strange World, Millennium, Cloned, Highlander [TV], The X-Files)
Robert Glenister b. 1960 (Doctor Who)
Stephen R. Hart b. 1958 (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Space Janitors, Oz the Great and Powerful, Lost Girl, Fear Itself, Wonderfalls, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Carver’s Gate)
Rob Paulsen b. 1956 (The Tick, Samurai Jack, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law)
Douglas Adams b. 1952 died 11 May 2001 (author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Diane Sherry Case b. 1952 (Superman )
Jerry Zucker b. 1950 (director, Ghost)
Mark Metcalf b. 1946 (Buffy, Angel, Star Trek: Voyager)
Angelique Pettyjohn b. 1943 died 14 February 1992 (The Wizard of Speed and Time, Biohazard, Repo Man, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Star Trek, Batman, Mr. Terrific, The Green Hornet, The Phantom Planet)
Nancy Kovack b. 1935 (The Invisible Man [TV], Marooned, Star Trek, Batman, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Jason and the Argonauts)
Albert Salmi b. 1928 died 22 April 1990 (Knight Rider, Small & Frye, Dragonslayer, Empire of the Ants, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Future Cop, Land of the Giants, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone)
Christopher Anvil b. 1925 died 30 November 2009 (author, Federation of Humanity, The Day the Machines Stopped)
Ferdy Mayne b. 1916 died 30 January 1998 (Frankenstein’s Aunt, Howling II:… Your Sister Is a Werewolf, Conan the Destroyer, The Greatest American Hero, Hawk the Slayer, The Vampire Lovers, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Masters of Venus)
Shemp Howard b. 1895 died 22 November 1955 (The Invisible Woman)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The Picture Slot has been given in earlier years to Anton Yelchin as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot and Douglas Adams, both iconic in my book. Removing them from the list, we still have plenty of great candidates. From the Doctor Who universe, there's John Barrowman and Alex Kingston, from Buffy, there's Mark Metcalf as The Master, but I am in a Star Trek babe mood this morning (like I'm never NOT in a Star Trek babe mood), so the decision was between Angelique Pettyjohn and Nancy Kovack. This decision boiled down to breasts wrapped in tribble skins and breast wrapped in aluminum foil, and I have to say, people wearing aluminum foil as clothing just screams "FUTURE!".
2. Canadians, spottable and not. Stephen R. Hart and Fulvio Cecere are Canadian actors who stayed home. Elias Koteas is a Canadian who wandered South and decided he liked it here. David Anders has some Canadian credits, but he was born in the States.
3. MST3K. Angelique Pettyjohn was in The Phantom Planet.
4. Not related. Terrence Howard and Shemp Howard, but you knew that.
5. Making exceptions by invoking the First Rule of Blogging. It is my custom to ignore voice work, in large part because I don't want to be typing all day, but Rob Paulsen worked on three of my favorite cartoons, so he is listed here. The First Rule of Blogging is, of course, You Aren't The Boss of Me.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Robots released, 2005
Prediction: The stoking difficulties on large ocean-going steamers have become so acute that they now suggest the conclusion that, notwithstanding repeated failures, a really effective mechanical stoker will be so imperatively called for as to enforce the adoption of any reasonably good device. The heat, grime, and general misery of the stoke-hole have become so deterrent that the difficulty of securing men to undertake the work grows greater year by year, and in recruiting the ranks of the stokers resort had to be had more and more to those unfortunate men whose principal motive for labour is the insatiable desire for a drinking bout.
Reality: Oh, Mr. Sutherland, and we were getting along so well.
Question 1: Are you implying there are people who work all day with no intention of getting a drink after?
Question 2: Just how many drinks constitutes a bout?
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another incorrect but authoritative forecast from The Experts Speak.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!