Tuesday, August 11, 2015
11 August 2015
Tyne Stecklein b. 1988 (True Blood)
Jemima West b. 1987 (The Mortal Instruments)
Chris Hemsworth b. 1983 (Avengers, Thor, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Cabin in the Woods, Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness, Guinevere Jones)
Drew Nelson b. 1979 (The Strain, Lost Girl, Fringe, Supernatural, Smallville, Earth: Final Conflict)
Lynn Adrianna b. 1979 (Chronicles of the Dead, Her)
Anna Gunn b. 1968 (NYPD 2069, Sleepwalkers, Quantum Leap)
Collin Chou b. 1967 (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded)
Embeth Davidtz b. 1965 (Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Europa Report, Thir13en Ghosts, Bicentennial Man, Fallen, Army of Darkness, Mutator)
Viola Davis b. 1965 (Ender’s Game, The Andromeda Strain , Threshold, Solaris)
Miguel A. Nunez Jr. b. 1964 (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Scooby-Doo, W.E.I.R.D. World, Carnosaur 2, Babylon 5, Lois & Clark, Twilight Zone , The Return of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Automan)
Elya Baskin b. 1950 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Heroes, Spider-Man 2 & 3, The Invisible Man, VR.5, Quantum Leap, DeepStar Six, 2010)
Adam LeFevre b. 1950 (The Leftovers, The Invasion, Storm of the Century)
Stuart Gordon b. 1947 (director, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Space Truckers, Robot Jox, Dolls, From Beyond, Re-Animator)
Ian McDiarmid b. 1944 (Utopia, Star Wars I, II, III, V & VI, Sleepy Hollow , Dragonslayer)
Laurel Goodwin b. 1942 (Star Trek)
Stuart Rosenberg b. 1927 died 15 March 2007 (director, The Amityville Horror, Twilight Zone)
Charles Cooper b. 1926 died 29 November 2013 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Men Into Space)
Mike Douglas b. 1925 died 11 August 2006 (The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Arlene Dahl b. 1925 (Journey to the Center of the Earth)
Lloyd Nolan b. 1902 died 27 September 1985 (The Outer Limits)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. It's a short list today and the iconic choices are few. I have no problem justifying the previous choices, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Ian McDarmid as Palpatine, and with them gone, I think the next most iconic is Embeth Davidtz from Army of Darkness.
And she's purdy.
2. Spot the Canadian. Experienced spotters should have no trouble identifying our lone Canuck today.
3. Not really nepotism. Chris Hemsworth is better known than his brother Liam, but I don't know how many doors opened for either due to this blood relation.
4. Is he a jinx? I blush to note that Ian McDiarmid was in every Star Wars movie except for A New Hope, also known in some circles as The Good One. (I'm keen on Empire as well, though I admit some cheesy aspects.)
5. And since I'm already blushing... Yesterday I said Rhonda Fleming and Maureen O'Hara were the prettiest redheads ever and today is the 90th birthday of Miss Arlene Dahl, a very pretty redhead as well. I do wish Miss Dahl many happy returns, but as Gene Hackman said in Hoosiers "That's my team out on the court."
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The highbrow art of our day will have no future save as a historic curiosity, since it has sacrificed everything to a misguided individualism.
Reality: There is more to the book than what I have used, but this is the last of Langdon-Davies' main predictions. I would say highbrow art- has waned in popularity since the 1930s, but it's too much to say there is no future, especially when he said it. Between 1936 and now, there were a lot of classical musicians, opera singers, ballet dancers of both genders, fine artists, playwrights and novelists who were major cultural figures, though I would say that number is dwindling today.
American character actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin has died at the age of 93. He was an Oh That Guy, but it might be more accurate to say he was an Oh That Officer for as often as he played cops and military men. (The picture is taken from the series The Rookies, where he was a regular.) For genre roles, he was in The Secret Kingdom, Automan, The Powers of Matthew Star, Twilight’s Last Gleaming and The Green Hornet.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Gerald S. O'Loughlin, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Wednesday means another visit from our sensible friend George Sutherland.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!