Tuesday, July 28, 2015
28 July 2015
Hannah Lochner b. 1993 (Dawn of the Dead, Terminal Invasion)
Dustin Milligan b. 1985 (Demonic, Shark Night 3D, Supernatural, The Butterfly Effect 2, Slither, Andromeda, Dead Like Me)
Eliza Swenson b. 1982 (The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, The Witches of Oz, Dragon, Pocahauntus, Dracula’s Curse, Satanic, King of the Lost World, The Beast of Bray Road, Frankenstein Reborn )
Billy Aaron Brown b. 1981 (Attack of the Sabretooth, Jeepers Creepers II)
Mark Vande Brake b. 1980 (Willow)
Gabriel Pimentel b. 1979 (InAlienable, Beer Money)
Chris Andrew Ciulla b. 1975 (Caper, Unearthed, Southland Tales)
Elizabeth Berkley b. 1972 (S. Darko, Threshold, Control Factor, Perversions of Science, Frog)
Alexis Arquette b. 1969 (Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy, Alien Nation [TV])
Rachel Blakely b. 1968 (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Lost World, Xena)
Carlos Jacott b. 1967 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Angel, Being John Malkovich, Buffy)
Lori Loughlin b. 1964 (Eastwick, Birds of Prey, Amityville 3-D)
Michael Hitchcock b. 1958 (Super 8, Serenity, Bug)
Deborah Voorhees b. 1961 (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning)
Luca Barbareschi b. 1956 (Cannibal Holocaust)
Dey Young b. 1955 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, The X Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Freddy’s Nightmares, Not Quite Human II, The Running Man, Spaceballs, Strange Invaders)
Nina Axelrod b. 1955 (Critters 3, Brainstorm, Time Walker)
Bruce Abbott b. 1954 (Black Scorpion, Bride of Re-Animator, Beauty and the Beast [TV], Re-Animator, Interzone, The Last Starfighter)
Tony Carroll b. 1950 died March 2007 (Masters of the Universe, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Hercules in New York)
Georgia Engel b. 1948 (Mork & Mindy)
Sally Struthers b. 1947 (Monster Heroes, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Alice in Wonderland )
Linda Kelsey b. 1946 (The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Twilight Zone , The Picture of Dorian Gray [1973 TV])
Frances Lee McCain b. 1944 (Back to the Future, Gremlins)
Phil Proctor b. 1940 (Freddy’s Nightmares, Lobster Man from Mars, The Twilight Zone )
Charles Cyphers b. 1939 (Buffy, Sliders, SeaQuest 2032, Lois & Clark, Halloween I and II, Escape from New York, The Fog, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Isis)
Darryl Hickman b. 1931 (Beauty and the Beast [1987 TV], Looker, The Tingler)
David Brown b. 1916 died 1 February 2010 (producer, Deep Impact, Cocoon, Ssssss)
Laird Cregar b. 1913 died 9 December 1944 (Heaven Can Wait )
Ann Doran b. 1911 died 19 September 2000 (Twilight Zone , Project U.F.O., Bewitched, The Brass Bottle, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Adventures of Superman)
Rudy Vallee b. 1901 died 3 July 1986 (Batman)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Remember on Sunday when the birthday list was loaded down with household names and actors with iconic roles? Well... this list isn't, to be blunt.
In 2013, before I learned a good research method, I had no one on the birthday list. Last year, I used the fabulous Rachel Blakely, who was a regular on the series The Lost World. This year, I considered Carlos Jacott and Michael Hitchcock because I'm a Whedonverse nerd or Ann Doran because she is an Oh That Gal with over 300 credits on imdb.com, but in the end I decided on Rudy Vallee playing one of the truly forgettable Batman villains, Marmaduke Ffogg. I chose him because Vallee was an asshole.
Let me explain.
A lot of living people maintain their own imdb.com pages, but of course the dead can't do that, and every once in a while you'll find a page where the biography leads with how much the cast and crew hated working with the featured artist. I saw it with Ken Maynard, a cowboy star of the 1920s and 1930s - he didn't have any genre credits, not surprisingly - and I saw it today with Vallee, though I had heard rumors about him before.
Image is everything in show business, as Bill Cosby is learning the hard way. There are some famously disagreeable people who are no longer being protected by their publicists - Chevy Chase and Vince Vaughan are two well-known names - and there are others who nasty nature seems related to drugs - Randy Quaid and his wife, Crispin Glover, the list goes on. I worked at Lucas Film Games when I was younger and hung out with the official Skywalker Ranch photographer, who had many juicy stories about well-known folks, including stories about people hating to work with Raquel Welch and Julia Roberts. I hope these lovely women have improved their outlook on life, since this gossip in nearly a quarter century old now.
Hey! I just squeezed three real paragraphs our of a lousy Picture Slot choice. How often does that happen?
2. Spot the Canadians! Our Canucks today are the two youngest on the list, Hannah Lochner and Dustin Milligan.
3. Nepotism FTW. Darryl Hickman and Dwight Hickman were brothers, I usually don't count that unless its a Ron Howard/Clint Howard situation. Alexis Arquette is part of the Arquette dynasty, starting with granddad Cliff and continuing with her dad Lewis.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: Crime will be considered a disease after 1985 and will cease to exist by 2000.
Reality: Did Langdon-Davies ever get tired of being wrong? He lived until 1971, so he saw a lot of his prophecies turn to crap, but he didn't live long enough to see this one fail, and fail it did.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We get another visit from our sensible friend George Sutherland and his book Twentieth Century Inventions.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!