Tuesday, July 14, 2015
14 July 2015
Sean Flynn b. 1989 (Return of the Killer Shrews, Sliders)
Sarah Canning b. 1987 (The Vampire Diaries, Primeval: New World, Supernatural, Kyle XY, Smallville)
Scott Porter b. 1979 (Caprica, Speed Racer)
Kristy Wright b. 1978 (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, BeastMaster, The Lost World)
David Mitchell b. 1974 (The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, Doctor Who)
Matthew Fox b. 1966 (Lost, World War Z, Speed Racer)
Simon Merrells b. 1965 (The Tomorrow People, Judas Ghost, The Wolfman)
Jane Espenson b. 1964 (Writer/producer, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Buffy)
Jackie Earle Haley b. 1961 (RoboCop , Dark Shadows , A Nightmare on Elm Street , Watchmen, Shazam!, Planet of the Apes [TV])
Jane Lynch b. 1960 (Paul, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The X-Files, What Planet Are You From?, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Vladimir Kulich b. 1956 (Angel, The X-Files, M.A.N.T.I.S., Necromicon: Book of Dead, Highlander)
Joel Silver b. 1952 (producer, The Book of Eli, Splice, Speed Racer, The Invasion, V for Vendetta, Gothika, The Matrix, Thir13en Ghosts, Dungeons & Dragons, House on Haunted Hill, Perversions of Science, Tales from the Crypt, W.E.I.R.D. World, Demolition Man, , Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again, Predator)
Stan Shaw b. 1952 (The X-Files, The Monster Squad)
Sid Haig b. 1939 (Zombex, The Inflicted, Mimesis, Creature, Halloween , Night of the Living Dead 3D, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II, Werewolf [TV], Amazing Stories, Misfits of Science, Automan, Galaxy of Terror, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jason of Star Command, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, The Six Million Dollar Man, Beyond Atlantis, Beware! The Blob, THX 1138, Star Trek, Batman)
Peter Duryea b. 1939 died 24 March 2013 (Star Trek, Bewitched, The Outer Limits)
Roosevelt Grier b. 1932 (The Thing with Two Heads, I Dream of Jeannie)
Polly Bergen b. 1930 died 20 September 2014 (Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Making Mr. Right)
Laurie Mitchell b. 1928 (The Addams Family, Missile to the Moon, Queen of Outer Space, Attack of the Puppet People, Adventures of Superman, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea)
Nancy Olsen b. 1928 (Flubber , Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor)
Harry Dean Stanton b. 1926 (The Avengers, Alice , Alien Autopsy, The Green Mile, Faerie Tale Theatre, UFOria, Repo Man, Escape from New York, Alien)
Charles Pierce b. 1926 died 21 May 1999 (The Butcher’s Wife, Wonder Woman)
Hugh Gillin b. 1925 died 4 May 2004 (Quantum Leap, Back to the Future III, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Amazing Stories, V, Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, Mork & Mindy, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Dale Robertson b. 1923 died 27 February 2013 (Son of Sinbad)
John Paxton b. 1920 died 17 November 2011 (Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3, Brain Dead)
Terry-Thomas b. 1911 died 8 January 1990 (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, 2000 Years Later, Munster, Go Home!, tom thumb)
Zita Johann b. 1904 died 20 September 1993 (The Mummy )
George Tobias b. 1901 died 27 February 1980 (Tabitha, Bewitched)
Martha Mansfield b. 1899 died 30 November 1923 (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde )
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, I had Jackie Earle Haley from Watchmen and Harry Dean Stanton from Alien. Barring repeats from those gentlemen, the choices come down to Oh That Guys, writers and one TV star, Matthew Fox from Lost. I have to say with some pride that I gave up on Lost rather early on because I was completely convinced they were just making shit up as they went along, and judging from the general hate for the last episode, I'm going to do the unethical and give myself a grade of Absolutely Fucking Correct.
Let me also say that Mr. Fox is not to blame for suck-ass writing.
2. Spot the Canadian! If I tell you that there is just one Canadian, I think this is enough info for the readers to do the spotting. Knock yourselves out.
3. Nepotism not so much. Like with Steve McQueen's grandson, I'm going to say that being Errol Flynn's grandson has not made that much of a difference in Sean Flynn's career.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice released, 2010
I Am Legend released, 2007
Prediction: By 1975, parents will have ceased to bring up their children in family units.
Reality: Looking up his personal life, I find references to him getting married in 1918 and losing a scholarship because of it, but not to any children or a divorce. I thought this might be the prediction of a lifelong bachelor, but I'll have to find another reason for him being this dense about how much people love their kids.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
For me, Wednesday is that calm break in the week for our sensible friend from the Victorian era, George Sutherland.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!