Monday, May 11, 2015
11 May 2015
Sabrina Carpenter b. 1999 (Horns)
Cory Monteith b. 1982 died 13 July 2013 (Flash Gordon [TV], Kyle XY [TV], Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Supernatural)
Jonathan Jackson b. 1982 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Riding the Bullet, Tuck Everlasting)
Austin O’Brien b. 1981 (Lawnmower Man 1 and 2, Apollo 13, Prehysteria!, Last Action Hero)
Warren Brown b. 1978 (The Dark Knight Rises)
Brian Caspe b. 1975 (The Martian, Wanted, Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
Aaron Pearl b. 1972 (Godzilla , Man of Steel, Supernatural, Stonehenge Apocalypse, Fringe, Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon, The Dead Zone [TV], X-Men: The Last Stand, Battlestar Galactica, Bloodsuckers, Dead Like Me, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, X-Men 2, Atomic Train, Escape from Mars, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, Highlander [TV], Poltergeist: The Legacy)
Nicky Katt b. 1970 (The Dark Knight, Grindhouse, Sin City, Batman & Robin, Kindred: The Embraced, Strange Days, Knight Rider 2010, Martians Go Home, V, Gremlins, Voyagers!)
Phillip DeVona b. 1970 (Powers, Extant, Revolution , The Walking Dead, Quarantine 2: Terminal, The Vampire Diaries, Premonition)
Thomas Downey b. 1969 (The Burning Dead, Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan, Dracula’s Curse, Frankenstein Reborn)
Jeffrey Donovan b. 1968 (Extinction, Threshold, Witchblade, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Millennium)
Katie Wagner b. 1964 (Charmed, Black Scorpion)
Tim Blake Nelson b. 1964 (The Fantastic Four , The Incredible Hulk, The Astronaut Farmer, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Minority Report)
Natasha Richardson b. 1963 died 18 March 2009 (The Handmaid’s Tale, Gothic)
Vince Grant b. 1961 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Touch, Star Trek: Enterprise, Timequest, Brave New World, Dracula: Dead and Loving It)
Shohreh Aghsashloo b. 1952 (Grimm, FlashForward, X-Men: The Last Stand)
Frances Fisher b. 1952 (Resurrection, Touch, Torchwood, Eureka, The X-Files, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman )
Pam Ferris b. 1948 (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Doug McClure b. 1935 died 5 February 1995 (Out of this World, Superboy, Automan, Manimal, Firebird 2015 AD, Humanoids from the Deep, Warlords of the Deep, At the Earth’s Core, Twilight Zone)
Andre Gregory b. 1934 (Demolition Man, Alice in Wonderland [1983 TV])
Bernard Fox b. 1927 (The Mummy, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie)
Frank Thring b. 1926 died 29 December 1994 (The Marsupials: The Howling III, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
Denver Pyle b. 1920 died 25 December 1997 (Escape from Witch Mountain, Return to Witch Mountain, The Twilight Zone, Commando Cody)
Doodles Weaver b. 1911 died 17 January 1983 (Earthbound, Bigfoot, Land of the Giants, Batman, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, Superman )
Phil Silvers b. 1911 died 1 November 1985 (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Damn Yankees [TV], A Thousand and One Nights)
Kent Taylor b. 1907 died 11 April 1987 (Land of the Giants, Brain of Blood, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Day Mars Invaded Earth, The Crawling Hand, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues)
Notes from the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Tim Blake Nelson in 2013, when the list was very short, and Bernard Fox ans Dr. Bombay from Bewitched. I love Nelson's work, but I don't think he's iconic in genre. (He is iconic in O Brother Where Art Thou?) This year, I went with Natasha Richardson from The Handmaid's Tale, and I do think the poster is iconic. Also, she's a fabulous babe, so that helps, too.
2. Wait... he's alive? We have several people who died either very young like Cory Monteith, to much too young like Nastaha Richardson to younger than he should have like Doug McClure, but I was not surprised when I clicked on their imdb credit pages to fin they were dead. On the other hand, I'm still a little stunned that Bernard Fox is still alive, especially since so many from the Bewitched cast are gone already. Good on ya, Mr. Fox, and many happy returns.
3. Nepotism, wins and not so much. Natasha Richardson's parents are Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave. That had to give her early career a boost. Katie Wagner is the daughter of Robert Wagner and Marion Marshall, but she barely has a career at all, only eight credits.
4. MST3K. There may be others, but I'm sure about The Crawling Hand.
5. Hey... No Star Trek! It's been ten days since our last Star Trek free birthday list. That's actually pretty quick turnaround.
6. Spot the Canadian. Cory Monteith is hard to spot, given his short career and starring role on a TV show not made in Canada. Our other Canuck's identity is left as an exercise for the reader.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Class of 1999 released, 1990
Prediction: Robot teachers replace the staff of an unruly school in 1999.
Reality: Crime has gone down a lot over the past few decades, but fear of crime stays relatively steady. As a teacher, I am not all that worried that robotic killbots are going to take my job. On the other hand, the killbots in the GOP would be glad to get rid of teachers (and our unions) and replacement by non-killer robots is still a possibility.
Character actress Elizabeth Wilson, whose career in front of the camera spanned from 1946 to 2012, died this weekend at the age of 94. She was well regarded on both stage and screen, showing up in a lot of big budget productions like Notorious, Picnic, The Graduate, Quiz Show and The Birds, she also worked in smaller budget movies and TV as well. Besides The Birds, here genre roles include Special Report: Journey to Mars, The Addams Family , Tucker's Witch, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and Dark Shadows, [pictured here], the vampire soap opera made on a shoestring budget back in the 1960s.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Elizabeth Wilson, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We interrupt our weekly schedule once again for a prediction of a military coup in the United States.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!