Li'l Jake Sisko (not so li'l anymore) had a pretty sweet gig (well, until the Dominion War came along as part of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's epic storyline). He got to grow up on a space station on the edge of the galactic frontier. His dad was always busy, so he pretty much had the lay of the place to himself ... and his buddy, Nog. Not a shabby existence if you ask me! Join me in celebrating Cirroc Lofton's birthday, as he was born on this day in 1978.
As of late, actor Tobin Bell has found fame with the horror franchise Saw; as the chief antagonist Jigsaw, he puts various players through some fairly torturous paces to kinda/sorta find their freedom. However, he's also done some great work in Science Fiction, appearing in such genre properties as Alien Nation, Stargate: SG-1, The X-Files, and Decoys 2: Alien Seduction. Bell was born on this day in 1942.
I know most folks don't consider anything Superman related to be legitimate Science Fiction, but I've always thought tales of an alien hero coming to Earth kinda/sorta fits the bill. In that vein, let me give a shout out to veteran character actor John Glover, who played the sometimes-duplicitous-sometimes-not father to Lex Luthor -- Lionel Luthor -- to great delight on the WB's Smallville. In fact, I thought the show lost some of its charm when Lionel left. Glover was born on this day in 1944.
Seinfeld alum Wayne Knight ("Newman!") made a fateful trip to the island of Isla Nublar in the movie that begat a franchise: Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Knight was born on this day in 1955.
I'm one of those fans who think The X-Files is a franchise that really has no excuse for never being in production either on the small screen or the big. The way the Chris Carter franchise embraces both Science Fiction, mainstream horror, and political thriller makes it flexible in such a way to tell hundreds if not thousands of stories. And the man who put a face on the program -- David Duchovny as the singular FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder -- turns another year wiser today. Duchovny was born on this day in 1960.
I also understand that most folks consider ABC's Lost to be more fantasy than it ever was Science Fiction. In most regards, I'd agree, but around Season Three through Season Five it explored some up-close-and-personal stories relating to time travel and parallel universes in a very compelling way. One of the program's regulars -- Harold Perrineau -- calls today his birthday. He also played Link in The Matrix Reloaded (pictured above) and The Matrix Revolutions. Perrineau was born on this day in 1963.
Critics seem to love the work of Michael Shannon. I'm a bit more reserved. While I enjoyed his take on General Zod in 2013's Man of Steel, I do prefer Terrence Stamp's version more. It was much less action-figure-ish. Shannon was born on this day in 1974.
Lovely Megan Gale proved she can brave the Australian Apocalypse with the best of them with a breakout role in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road. Gale was born on this day in 1975.
For a while there, it looked like veteran actress Charlize Theron had become a go-to-gal when it came to a script requiring smart female leads in Science Fiction. She's been a part of The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Aeon Flux (2005), Prometheus (2012), and the wonderful Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Theron was born on this day in 1975.
Young Eric Johnson suited up to play the original swashbuckling space hero -- Flash Gordon (pictured) -- for the WB (back when it was the WB). Unfortunately, the show just never caught on, leaving the actor lost in the shuffle. A veteran of Smallville, the actor has also boasted appearances aboard NightMan, The Dead Zone, Supernatural, Alcatraz, and Orphan Black. Johnson was born on this day in 1979.
In 2014, Randy Wayne (pictured above) ventured dead into the heart of Science Fiction by playing a synthetic police officer paired up with seasoned veteran Michael Jai White. The film was titled Android Cop. Wayne was born on this day in 1981.
I've heard it said that women love their machines, but this is ridiculous! Abbie Cornish starred alongside Joel Kinnaman in the 2014 reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise Robocop. In it, she played Detroit police detective Alex Murphy's wife Clara, and, as such, she really became the 'heart' of that film. Cornish was born on this day in 1982.
Young actress Brit Marling has a way to go to earn her street cred in SciFi, but she has appeared in the critical favorite Another Earth (2011). Marling was born on this day in 1982.
Everyone has to start somewhere, so why not start with the end of the world as we know it? Young Liam James broke into stardom as part of the ensemble headlining Roland Emmerich's 2012 ... and nobody destroys planet Earth like Roland Emmerich! Good choice, little warrior. James was born on this day in 1996.
1981's animated flick, Heavy Metal (based on the graphic magazine), is another one of those films whose fans seem to have fonder memories of it than I do. I recall seeing it theatrically and pretty much thinking, "Meh." Still, it had a few nice ideas, as well as a few nice sequences and a killer soundtrack. It premiered on this day back then, and, yes, I'll be the first to admit even I would welcome a reboot.
Eternia would never quite be the same when, on this day in 1987, Dolph Lundgren headlined an overwhelmingly lackluster version of Masters of the Universe ... and fans of the franchise are still waiting for a do-over today. I was never a big He-Man fan, but I'd welcome a reboot as would most.