Sunday, June 7, 2015
7 June 2015
Jordan Fry b. 1993 (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Michael Cera b. 1988 (This is the End, Frequency, My Best Friend is an Alien)
Cathy Baron b. 1982 (In Time, Planet Terror)
Larisa Oleynik b. 1981 (Extant, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
John Edward Lee b. 1981 (Terminator Genisys, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2)
Virginie Le Brun b. 1980 (I, Frankenstein)
Anna Torv b. 1979 (Fringe, Frankenstein [TV, 2007])
Bill Hader b. 1978 (Her, The Venture Brothers, Men in Black 3, Paul, Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian)
Eric Weiner b. 1977 (Serenity)
Karl Urban b. 1972 (The Wonder, Almost Human, Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, Riddick, Star Trek, Dredd, Doom, The Chronicles of Riddick, Lord of the Rings, Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Danielle Petty b. 1970 (Zombie Nation)
Dean DeBlois b. 1970 (writer/director, Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon)
Anthony Simcoe b. 1969 (Farscape, BeastMaster [TV], The Lost World [TV])
Francis Magee b. 1969 (Outlander, Game of Thrones, Amphibious Creature of the Deep)
Adam Buxton b. 1969 (Stardust)
Sarah Parish b. 1968 (Atlantis, Doctor Who, Merlin)
Judie Aronson b. 1964 (Deep Core, Weird Science, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Powers of Matthew Star)
Simon Day b. 1962 (The Incredible Adventures of Professor Braestawm, Pixelface, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Space Race)
Tarik Ergin b. 1961 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Bill Prady b. 1960 (producer, The Big Bang Theory)
Mark Ryan b. 1956 (Transformers, The Prestige, Conan [TV])
Nancy Spielberg b. 1956 (Horrorween)
William Forsythe b. 1955 (Inkubus, Halloween , SharkMan, MorphMan, Mysterious Ways, Virtuosity)
Robert Trebor b. 1953 (Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Universal Soldier, My Demon Lover, The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Colleen Camp b. 1953 (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Last Action Hero, Tales from the Crypt, Wicked Stepmother, D.A.R.Y.L., Man from Atlantis, Isis, Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
Tammy Marihugh b. 1952 (Twilight Zone, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm)
Liam Neeson b. 1952 (Ted 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Battleship, Wrath of the Titans, The Chronicles of Narnia, Clash of the Titans, Batman Begins, Star Wars I: The One We Don’t Mention, Darkman, Krull, Excalibur)
Pamela Susan Shoop b. 1948 (Knight Rider, Halloween II , Galactica 1980, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, Empire of the Ants, Wonder Woman, Gemini Man)
Michael Pennington b. 1943 (Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, Return of the Jedi, The Witches of Pendle)
Ronald Pickup b. 1940 (Atlantis, Young Dracula, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Supernova, Doctor Who)
Mike Pratt b. 1931 died 10 July 1976 (Shado, UFO, The Champions, Out of This World)
Reg Park b. 1928 died 22 November 2007 (Hercules the Avenger, Hercules, Prisoner of Evil, Samson in King Solomon’s Mines, Hercules in the Haunted World, Hercules and the Captive Women)
Jessica Tandy b. 1909 died 11 September 1994 (*batteries not included, Cocoon)
Hope Summers b. 1896 died 22 June 1979 (The Girl with Something Extra, Bewitched, Rosemary’s Baby, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, My Living Doll, The Return of Dracula)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Previous folks in the Picture Slot were Anthony Simcoe for Farscape and Liam Neeson from Clash of the Titans, one of his many iconic roles in genre. While Neeson is the biggest movie star here, Karl Urban is also an actor with several iconic genre roles and the one I chose was as Bones in the Star Trek reboot.
2. The assimilated Canadians. Our two folk born north of the border today have no roles in Canuck genre, so I would note ask you to spot them. They are actor Michael Cera and writer/director Dean DeBlois.
3. Nepotism FTW. Nancy Spielberg is the sister of Steven Spielberg and definitely counts. There are some folk here married to actors like Liam Neeson to Miranda Richardson and Jessica Tandy to Hume Cronyn, but I don't count marriage among equals as nepotism.
4. The Guy at the Door. It happened again, the odd demographic coincidence that all the dead are listed beneath all the living and in this case, British actor Ronald Pickup is the oldest living person on the list at 75, which is fairly young for this particular and somewhat morbid honor. As always, special birthday wishes go out to he Guy at the Door.
5. MST3K. Reg Park was a bodybuilding actor in the Italian Hercules films, including Hercules and the Captive Women, which was lampooned on MST3K. Park's other claim to fame is as the trainer and mentor of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most notably Ronald Pickup, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: Well, I was paid $21 a day (in 2000) and it kept me eating.
Reality: Our hero goes to sleep in 1970 and wakes up in 2000, where he has a very limited job skill set. Heinlein has admitted he had a problem with understanding cost of living increases, and since this would translate to $2.62 an hour, that is too low compared to the national minimum wage in 2000 of $5.15. (When Heinlein wrote the book, the minimum wage was $1.00 an hour.) If we cut Heinlein some slack and try to turn $2.12 in 1957 money into the roughly equal value in 2000, that would be closer to $16.75 an hour, which is also way off.
No points for Bob this week.
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