LUMBLY PUT 'THE MAN' IN M.A.N.T.I.S.
One of my very favorite character actors -- Carl Lumbly -- had a short-lived superhero / SciFi-lite program as part of Fox TV's Friday night line-up for a season: he starred as M.A.N.T.I.S., a hero who used secret technology to circumvent his paralysis. FYI: he also voiced the Martian Manhunter as part of that stellar Justice League cartoon TV series. Lumbly was born on this day in 1951.
SCIENCE FICTION BIRTHDAYS
Throughout his lifetime, composer James Horner contributed scores to some of the most impactful Science Fiction films of our times. He's scored such flicks as Battle Beyond The Stars (1980), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Krull (1983), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986), The Rocketeer (1991), Deep Impact (1998), and Avatar (2009). Though he's no longer with us, Horner was born on this day in 1953.
Actress Halle Berry brought the fanboys to the cinemas to watch her work her magic as Storm, one of the mutant X-Men franchise. Now, they're kinda/sorta following suit by watching her Steven Spielberg produced SciFi television program, Extant, on CBS. (Rumor is, however, that she behaves like a diva on the set. Not cool, Halle.) Berry was born on this day in 1966.
The lovely Catherine Bell achieved fame as one of the leads for CBS's popular JAG procedural, and thankfully she's hung around for more. The actress has enjoyed roles aboard Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995), The Triangle (2005), and Threshold (2006). Bell was born on this day in 1968.
Ben Bass has a pretty solid record in genre entertainment, though it would seem that he's laid off it a bit as of late. Still, appearances in Forever Knight, First Wave, Stargate: SG-1, The 6th Day (2000), The Lone Gunmen, Jeremiah, and The Twilight Zone have to count for something, no? Bass was born on this day in 1968.
Raoul Bova braved the arctic frontier only to find himself caught between a rock and a hard place in 2004's AVP: Aliens Vs Predator. Bova was born on this day in 1971.
As part of the ensemble at the heart of Showtime's Odyssey 5, young Christopher Gorham (far left) played Neil Taggart. The versatile actor has also appeared in the Star Trek: Hidden Evil video game; Jake 2.0; and voiced Barry Allen in both the Justice League: War as well as the recent Justice League: Throne of Atlantis direct-to-DVD releases. Gorham was born on this day in 1973.
After getting her start on the small screen, actress Mila Kunis broke out in a big way on the silver screen. Genre fans know her best from The Book of Eli where she paired up with Denzel Washington's strong silent type to brave their way through an Apocalyptic wasteland toward hope. Kunis was born on this day in 1983.
Newcomer Brianna Hildebrand entered the Marvel Movie Universe in a big way with a key role in Deadpool (2016) alongside screen tough guy Ryan Reynolds. Hildebrand was born on this day in 1996.
SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES
Part mockumentary & part story, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 captivated audiences when it premiered on this day back in 2009. At its heart, the film told the story of a government official caught between doing his job and doing what's best for humanity. Blomkamp has often spoken about a sequel, and rumor is a story exists. Maybe we'll see it some day.