Monday, March 2, 2015
2 March 2015
Nathalie Emmanuel b. 1989 (Game of Thrones)
Ethan Peck b. 1986 (In Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Selection)
Robert Iler b. 1985 (Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Daredevil)
Kim Smith b. 1983 (Catwoman)
Pilou Asbaek b. 1982 (Lucy)
Bryce Dallas Howard b. 1981 (Jurassic World, Twilight, Terminator Salvation, Hereafter, Spider-Man 3, Lady in the Water, The Village, Apollo 13)
Ingrid Bolso Berdal b. 1980 (Westworld , Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)
Jeff Wadlow b. 1976 (writer, Kick-Ass 2, X-Force)
Marc Menard b. 1975 (Lost, Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon)
Scott E. Miller b. 1975 (2012, Smallville, The Last Mimzy, The 4400, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis)
Amber Smith b. 1971 (Mars)
Daniel Craig b. 1968 (Cowboys & Aliens, The Golden Compass, The Invasion, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Hunger [TV], Tales from the Crypt, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court)
Jon Bon Jovi b. 1962 (Vampires: Los Muertos)
William Hope b. 1955 (Spiders, Dark Shadows , Captain America: The First Avenger, Cold Fusion, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Hidden Room, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Scanners)
Laraine Newman b. 1952 (Perversions of Science, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Witchboard 2, Coneheads, Amazing Stories, Faerie Tale Theatre, Invaders from Mars)
John Altman b. 1952 (Return of the Jedi, An American Werewolf in London)
Gates McFadden b. 1949 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wizard)
Gordon Thomson b. 1945 (The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Starship Invasions)
Peter Straub b. 1943 (author, Ghost Story, The Talisman)
Jon Finch b. 1942 died 28 December 2012 (Merlin of the Crystal Cave, The Martian Chronicles, The Last Days of Man on Earth, The Horror of Frankenstein, The Vampire Lovers)
Gaye Brown b. 1941 (Into the Woods , An American Haunting, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1980 TV], The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange, The Masque of the Red Death)
Hugh Walters b. 1939 (Doctor Who, Nineteen Eighty-Four . The Monster Club)
Richard Compton b. 1938 died 11 August 2009 (director, The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Charmed, Sliders, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Sentinel, M.A.N.T.I.S., Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Otherworld)
John Cullum b. 1930 (Roswell, Quantum Leap, The Day After)
Dr. Seuss b. 1904 died 24 September 1991 (author, Horton Hears a Who?, The Lorax)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot (and Nepotism FTW.) We have an A-List movie star in Daniel Craig, a rock star in Jon Bon Jovi and a world famous author in Dr. Seuss, but none of them quite made my criteria for iconic in genre. Previous Picture Slotters were Gates McFadden and Nathalie Emmanuel, so I decided to go with the fabulous babe theme and chose Bryce Dallas Howard from the poster of The Lady in the Water. Ms. Howard is the daughter of Ron Howard, so Nepotism FTW label is used yet again.
2. Canadians who leave Canada. The one spottable Canadian is Scott E. Miller. Marc Menard, born the same year, doesn't have much work on the Canadian TV shows. Older Canadians include Gordon Thomson, who worked mainly in Hollywood and William Hope, whose credits are mostly British.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The discovery by German scientist J. Kadza that the bacteria that causes leprosy can be grown safely in peat moss gives researchers great hope that the disease can be eradicated in the future.
Reality: This one is a winner. There were still tens of million of lepers world wide in the 1980s, but due to efforts by national governments and the WHO, that number is now in the hundred thousands, a reduction of nearly 99%.
Richard Bakalyan, who died last month at the age of 84, was an actor with a flat nose, not to be confused with Charles Dierkop. Like Dierkop, Bakalyan spent most of his career playing thugs, cops or thuggish cops. Even so, he did have several credits in genre productions, including Millennium, Return from Witch Mountain, The Bionic Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Panic in Year Zero! and Batman, where he was a minion for the Joker, the Riddler, King Tut and Louie the Lilac. This, of course, is a continuation of the thug theme alluded to earlier.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Richard Bakalyan, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
One very iconic name on the birthday list has been in the picture slot twice. Will he get the hat trick in 2015?
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!