Tuesday, August 25, 2015
25 August 2015
Holly Gibbs b. 1997 (Nanny McPhee)
Angelica Mandy b. 1992 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Kaitlyn Hooper b. 1992 (Addams Family Values)
Keegan Joyce b. 1989 (Superman Returns)
Blake Lively b. 1987 (The Age of Adaline, Green Lantern, Sandman)
Rachel Bilson b. 1981 (Jumper, Buffy)
Alexis Raben b. 1980 (The Invasion)
Toni Wynne b. 1980 (Oz the Great and Powerful, American Horror Story, Zombie Roadkill, Spider-Man 3, 2095, The Spirithunter, Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat)
Kel Mitchell b. 1978 (The Thundermans, Mystery Men, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Alexander Skarsgård b. 1976 (Hidden , True Blood, Battleship, Melancholia)
Donavon Stinson b. 1976 (Mighty Mighty Monsters, Snowmageddon, Eureka, Reaper, The X Files: I Want to Believe, Fantastic Four, Dark Angel)
Michelle Beaudoin b. 1975 (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Neon Rider)
David Alan Basche b. 1968 (Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau, War of the Worlds )
Tom Hollander b. 1967 (About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean)
Brad Dryborough b. 1967 (Falling Skies, The Cabin in the Woods, Fringe, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Alien Trespass, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Stargate: Atlantis, Smallville, Alien Incursion)
Marti Noxon b. 1964 (writer/actor, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Fright Night, I Am Number Four, Angel, Buffy)
Blair Underwood b. 1964 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Event, Deep Impact, Gattaca, Knight Rider)
David Packer b. 1962 (Early Edition, Strange Days, RoboCop, V)
Joanne Whalley b. 1961 (Willow)
Billy Ray Cyrus b. 1961 (Sharknado 2)
Ally Walker b. 1961 (Kazaam, Witches of Eastwick [TV], Universal Soldier)
Ashley Crow b. 1960 (Supernatural, Heroes, Minority Report, Probe)
Tim Burton b. 1958 (director, Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows , Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow , Mars Attacks, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
Simon McBurney b. 1957 (Utopia, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Golden Compass)
Gene Simmons b. 1949 (Runaway, KISS Meets the Phantom in the Park)
John Savage b. 1949 (Sensory Perception, Demon Legacy, Bermuda Tentacles, Alien Rising, Dreamkiller, Fringe, Carnivale, Alien Lockdown, Dark Angel, They Nest, Star Trek: Voyager, Lost Souls, Firestorm, The X-Files, Carnosaur 2, Red Scorpion 2, Beauty and the Beast [1987 musical])
Michael Kaluta b. 1947 (artist, Bill the Galactic Hero)
Anthony Heald b. 1944 (X-Men: The Last Stand, The X Files, DeepRising, Tales from the Darkside)
John Badham b. 1939 (director, Supernatural, Heroes, Short Circuit, WarGames, Dracula , The Sixth Sense)
Tom Skerritt b. 1933 (Ted, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [TV 2008], Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Fallen 2006 TV], Category 7: The End of the World, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Contact, Poltergeist III, The Twilight Zone , SpaceCamp, The Dead Zone, Alien, The Devil’s Rain, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, My Favorite Martian)
Peter Gilmore b. 1931 died 3 February 2013 (Doctor Who, Warlords of the Deep, The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Sean Connery b. 1930 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, DragonHeart, Highlander I & II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Time Bandits, Outland, Meteor, Zardoz, Darby O’Gill and the Little People)
Graham Jarvis b. 1930 died 16 April 2003 (Strange World, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], The X Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Munsters Today)
Bruce Allpress b. 1930 (Power Rangers Jungle Fury, The Water Horse, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Mel Ferrer b. 1917 died 2 June 2008 (Nightmare City, Eaten Alive, The Great Alligator, The Visitor, Screamers, The Amazing Captain Nemo, Logan’s Run, Wonder Woman, The World, The Flesh and the Devil)
Van Johnson b. 1916 died 12 December 2008 (Killer Crocodile, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Batman, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Brigadoon)
Michael Rennie b. 1909 died 10 June 1971 (The Invaders, Batman, Cyborg 2087, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, The Lost World, The Day the Earth Stood Still)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot was occupied by Michael Rennie, certainly iconic in The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Blake Lively, back in 2013 when I wasn't quite so fussy about iconic and was more interested that day in fabulousness, which she certainly has. Today, being more strict about iconic roles, it's Alexander Skarsgård from True Blood. The other top choices would be Tom Skerritt from Alien and Sean Connery from several roles, but I likely would have chosen Zardoz
2. Spot the Canadians! Graham Jarvis was born north of the border, but he was old enough that he had to venture south to find work early in his career. Of the three younger Canadians, Brad Dryborough's and Donavon Stinson's credit lists make it obvious, but Michelle Beaudoin's is not as clear.
3. Nepotism FTW. Alexander Skarsgård is Skellan's son, which could not have hurt in his early career in his native Sweden. Rachel Bilson is Danny Bilson's daughter, also likely an advantage early on.
4. Something new for this blog. Someone on a birthday list stopped by and left a comment! Canadian Ted Ludzik wasn't aware a resume could look Canadian. I expect he found this blog by Googling himself. Don't laugh, I'm sure you've self-Googled on a lonely evening as well.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: What do you ask after thirty years? I had plenty of questions, but the first I asked was “Doc, do they still have popcorn machines in the lobbies of movie theaters?”
“They did the last time I looked. I don’t get much time for such things. By the way, the word is “grabbie” now, not “movie”.
Reality: This is supposed to be a technological advance between 1970 and 2000 in Heinlein's fictional future. I thought he might be referencing William Castle and his practice of putting shocks in some seats for the movie The Tingler, but that is several years after Heinlein wrote this. More likely, he is referencing the phrase "feely" from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Could our sensible friend George Sutherland be as much of a chauvinist and bigot as his contemporary H.G. Wells? I'm sorry, dear readers, but tomorrow we will find out the signs point to yes.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!