Monday, April 6, 2015
6 April 2015
Peyton List b. 1998 (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Spider-Man 2)
Spencer List b. 1998 (Fringe, Spider-Man 2)
Charlie McDermott b. 1990 (ImagiGARY, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Village)
Diora Baird b. 1983 (Hot Tub Time Machine, Stan Helsing, Star Trek , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning)
Sofia Boutella b. 1982 (Monster: Dark Continent)
Cecily Fay b. 1978 (Warrioress, Starhyke, Intergalactic Combat, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Candace Cameron Bure b. 1976 (Monster Mash: The Movie)
Zach Braff b. 1975(Oz the Great and Powerful, Clone High)
Joel Marsh Garland b. 1975 (Birdman, Lady in the Water, Witchblade)
Jason Hervey b. 1972 (The Monster Squad, Back to the Future)
Alasdair Gillis b. 1971 (UFO Kidnapped)
Paul Rudd b. 1969 (Ant-Man, This is the End, Gen-X Cops 2: Metal Mayhem, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)
Mark Strickson b. 1959 (A Christmas Carol [1984 TV], Doctor Who)
Michael Rooker b. 1955 (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, Atlantis Down, Meteor, Jumper, Slither, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Stargate SG-1, Tremors [TV], Jeremiah, The 6th Day)
Judi Bowker b. 1954 (Worlds Beyond, Clash of the Titans, Count Dracula [1977 TV], Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde )
Patrick Doyle b. 1953 (composer, Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, Eragon, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Nanny McPhee, Frankenstein )
Marilu Henner b. 1952 (Vamps, Greg the Bunny)
Janet Agren b. 1949 (Hands of Steel, Aladdin , Red Sonja, City of the Living Dead)
John Ratzenberger b. 1947 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, House II; The Second Story, Timestalkers, Wizards and Warriors, Outland, The Empire Strikes Back, Superman, Warlords of the Deep, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Susan Tolsky b. 1943 (Love at First Bite, Bewitched)
Barry Levinson b. 1942 (director, Sphere)
Roy Thinnes b. 1938 (Spectropia, The X-Files, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Invaders, Dark Shadows, War of the Worlds, Battlestar Galactica)
Billy Dee Williams b. 1937 (Star Wars, Epoch: Evolution, Code Name: Eternity, Alien Intruder, Batman)
Ivan Dixon b. 1931 died 16 March 2008 (Amerika, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Joi Lansing b. 1929 died 7 August 1972 (Bigfoot, Queen of Outer Space, Adventures of Superman, Son of Sinbad)
Gil Kane b. 1926 died 31 January 2000 (artist, DC and Marvel Comics)
Dick Peabody b. 1925 died 27 December 1999 (Knight Rider)
Phil Leeds b. 1916 died 16 August 1998 (Ghost, Alf, Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Rosemary’s Baby)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Previous Picture Slotters are Michael Rooker and Billy Dee Williams. Barring repetition, the three candidates this morning were Gil Kane, Judi Bowker as Andromeda from Clash of the Titans and the winner, Roy Thinnes from his lead role on the 1960s show The Invaders.
2. One lonely Canadian with one credit. Unless you are a relative of Alasdair Gillis, I'm not sure how you would know he is Canadian.
3. Not really nepotism. We have had twins on the birthday lists before, but young Peyton and Spencer List are they first twins of different genders, Peyton female and Spencer male.
4. The Guy at the Door. You know the drill. Everyone older than Billy Dee Williams is dead and everyone younger is alive. He turns 78 today, which seems a little young to be the Guy at the Door, but such is the luck of the draw.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Billy Dee Williams, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The playoff teams for Major League Baseball this year
A.L East: Boston
A.L. Central: Cleveland, Detroit for wild card
A.L. West: Seattle, Anaheim for wild card
N.L East: Washington, Miami for wild card
N.L. Central: St. Louis, Pittsburgh for wild card
N.L. West: Los Angeles
Reality: The experts didn't bathe themselves in glory last year. Their A.L. picks are very different this year - only Boston is a repeat pick from last year, and the reality is they weren't in the playoffs last year - but their N.L. picks are almost exactly identical, the only change being Miami for wild card this year and the Braves in the wild card last year.
Hmm, who did they miss?
Well, the San Francisco Giants for one. Your World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Three Rings in Five Fucking Years San Fran-FUCKING-cisco FUCKING Giants!!!!
They also missed the Kansas City Royals and they are showing the Royals no love this year.
As a Giants fan, (did you already guess?), I don't like their chances to repeat with Pablo Sandoval gone (sniff.) and Hunter Pence hurt for a few months, but this team has certainly pulled some surprises over the past few years. I always root for the Giants, but this year I also have some underdog love for the A's and the Royals.
If it's a little morbid to have Billy Dee Williams as the Guy at the Door at the age of 78, it's downright gruesome to announce the death of character actor of Tom Towles, who just turned 65 last month. He had a long career playing scumbags and creeps, one of earliest notable roles as Otis, the roommate of the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, starring birthday boy Michael Rooker. Among his roles in genre, we have Halloween , House of 1000 Corpses, Firefly, Star Trek: Voyager, 3rd Rock from the Sun, VR.5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (pictured here), Night of the Living Dead  and The Pit and the Pendulum. I watched the episode of Firefly he was in last night in his honor. He's the loudmouth that picks a fight with Mal on Unification Day at the beginning of The Train Job.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Tom Towles, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Yet another prediction from John Langdon-Davies in his 1936 book A Short History of the Future.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!