Saturday, April 4, 2015
4 April 2015
Patrick Hurd-Wood b. 1995 (Solomon Kane, Peter Pan)
Sarah Gadon b. 1987 (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Antiviral, Mutant X)
Amanda Righetti b. 1983 (Captain America: The First Avenger, Friday the 13th)
Kett Turton b. 1982 (Forever, Gotham, The 100, Fringe, Primeval: New World, Wrath of the Titians, Supernatural, Blade: Trinity, Kingdom Hospital, Dead Like Me, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Dark Angel, Smallville, Dead Last, Strange Frequency, So Weird, First Wave, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, The X Files, Millennium)
Benjamin Ciaramello b. 1981 (War of the Worlds)
Collette Wolfe b. 1980 (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, Interstellar, Reaper)
Heath Ledger b. 1979 died 22 January 2008 (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Dark Knight, The Brothers Grimm)
Natasha Lyonne b. 1979 (4:44 Last Day on Earth, Blade: Trinity, Modern Vampires)
Jessica Napier b. 1979 (Ghost Rider, The Lost World)
Matthew MacCaull b. 1978 (Tomorrowland, iZombie, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Fringe, Riverworld, Snakehead Terror, Jeremiah)
James Roday b. 1976 (Gamer, Repli-Kate)
Claudette Mink b. 1971 (Fringe, Reaper, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Dead Like Me, Kingdom Hospital, Paycheck, Phenomenon II, Monkeybone, Andromeda, Sliders, NightMan, Conan, Welcome to Paradox, Earth: Final Conflict)
Barry Pepper b. 1970 (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Battlefield Earth, Sliders, Highlander [TV])
Xenia Seeburg b. 1968 (Lord of the Undead, Lexx, Total Recall 2070)
Lisa Hammer b. 1967 (The Venture Brothers, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Blood Cove)
David Cross b. 1964 (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Men in Black II, Small Soldiers)
Robbie Rist b. 1964 (Sharknado, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], The Munsters Today, The Wizard, Knight Rider, Galactica 1980, The Bionic Woman)
Robert Downey Jr. b. 1965 (Avengers, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, A Scanner Darkly, The Shaggy Dog, Weird Science)
A. Michael Baldwin b. 1963 (Phantasm I through IV, Voyagers!)
Ava Fabian b. 1962 (Lobster Man from Mars)
Hugo Weaving b. 1960 (The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Captain America: The First Avenger, Transformers, The Wolfman, Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta, The Matrix)
Lorraine Toussaint b. 1960 (Forever, Dark Skies, M.A.N.T.I.S., Red Dwarf)
Phil Morris b. 1959 (Smallville, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dark Planet, Babylon 5, Star Trek III; The Search for Spock, Star Trek)
Armin Rohde b. 1955 (Contagion, Run Lola Run, The Canterville Ghost [2005 TV], 666: In Bed with the Devil)
Mary-Margaret Humes b. 1954 (Time Trax, Eerie, Indiana, Manimal, Knight Rider)
Cherie Lunghi b. 1952 (Wizards vs. Aliens, The Canterville Ghost [1996 TV], Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Excalibur)
Tim White b. 1952 (artist)
Simone Griffeth b. 1950 (The Greatest American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, Monster Squad, Death Race 2000)
Christine Lahti b. 1950 (Amerika, The Henderson Monster)
Dan Simmons b. 1948 (won 1990 Hugo for Hyperion)
Craig T. Nelson b. 1944 ( Creature, Poltergeist, Wonder Woman, Flesh Gordon, Scream Blacula Scream, The Return of Count Yorga)
Kenneth Mars b. 1935 died 12 February 2011 (Weird Science [TV], Lois & Clark, M.A.N.T.I.S., Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Twilight Zone , Misfits of Science, Project U.F.O., Wonder Woman, Young Frankenstein)
Anthony Perkins b. 1932 died 12 September 1992 (Edge of Sanity, The Black Hole, On the Beach)
Andrei Tarkovsky b. 1932 died 29 December 1986 (director , Solaris )
Peter Vaughan b. 1923 (Game of Thrones, Brazil, Time Bandits)
Peter Burton b. 1921 died 21 November 1989 (A Clockwork Orange)
David White b. 1916 died 27 November 1990 (Bewitched, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man , The Six Million Dollar Man, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone)
Richard Coogan b. 1914 died 12 March 2014 (Captain Video and his Video Rangers)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The top three names on imdb.com for popularity today are Robert Downey Jr., Hugo Weaving and Heath Ledger, and they would be excellent candidates for the Picture Slot, each of them with at least one iconic role in genre. The thing is, I used all of them before, Ledger in 2013 when I incorrectly listed his birthday as April the 7th. Even with those three worthies gone, there are other iconic roles, and the top three remaining in my estimation are Kenneth Mars from Young Frankenstein, Xenia Seeburg for Lexx and Peter Vaughan from Game of Thrones. Usually in such a situation, the fabulous babe would be the massive favorite, but I want new Game of Thrones so bad, Vaughan gets the nod. Also, Mr. Vaughan is the oldest living person on the list, so good on him for that. Because there are people younger than him already gone, he is not The Guy at the Door.
2. Spot the Canadians! Today, we have four Canadians, all born after 1970 and all with at least one Canadian produced genre show in their credits. The hardest to spot is Sarah Gadon. Kett Turton, Claudette Mink and Matthew MacCaull are a little easier to recognize.
3. Nepotism FTW. He's made a good career for himself, but it is here noted that Phil Morris is the son of Greg Morris. Another son of an actor is Patrick Hurd-Wood, son of Philip Hurd-Wood. That family is in Great Britain and the father's career is not all that successful, so claims of nepotism are not quite as strong.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Adjustment Bureau released 2011
Captain America: The Winter Soldier released 2014
Prediction: Is it as sure as any future thing that the making of money - or, more properly, the accumulation of money - is to go on through the coming century. Nor does it take a very acute insight to perceive that we are approaching a time that will not be defined by the reforms proposed by state socialism. Rather, during this time, the products of labor, the fruits of genius, the dividends of investment and the spoils of commerce shall be more and more willingly put aside in generous plans by the rich as trust funds, involving a high stewardship, for the ultimate use of the community.
Reality: The last time income inequality was as bad as it is now in the United States was the 1890s when this grease weasel is writing his little suck-up to the wonderful rich. He was wrong about state socialism not stepping in. The government began to impose very high taxes on high incomes and decreed the destruction of monopolies. I don't want to slam philanthropy, but it doesn't change the fact that Bill Gates became the richest man in the world producing shit software and a lot more of the rich are like the Kardashians or the Hiltons, completely useless drains on our economy and civilization.
Not that I feel strongly about this,
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another lazy Sunday and we hear from Robert A. Heinlein predicting the stuff that will be invented in the second half of the 20th Century.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!