Director/screenwriter Nicholas Meyer -- born on this day back in 1945 -- has contributed greatly to the legacy of Star Trek. He did plenty of uncredited work on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as well as directing the picture; and he worked on the scripts for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. That's quite a contribution. Plus, he wrote and directed 1979's little gem Time After Time (which I'm happy to talk about any time I get the chance!). Happy Birthday, Nick!
On The Beach (1959) remains one of the great SciFi Cold War chillers, pitting the Australian survivors of a nuclear Apocalypse against the approaching radiation sure to kill everyone. The lovely Ava Gardner (above right) joined Gregory Peck in the important feature, and -- though she's no longer with us -- the talented actress was born on this day in 1922.
Cool cat Robert Ridgely dabbled in both live acting as well as voice work, giving fandom a chance to really fall in love with the guy's obvious gifts. In his four decades in the entertainment business, he made contributions to such projects as Get Smart, Wonderbug, Ark II, Thundarr the Barbarian, Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982), Flash Gordon (animated), and much, much more. Though he's no longer with us, Ridgely was born on this day in 1931.
Most folks remember Janet Carroll as playing Tom Cruise's mother from Risky Business, but SciFi fans celebrate her contributions to Knight Rider, The Twilight Zone, Quantum Leap, Timemaster (1995), and The Omega Code (1999). Though she's no longer with us, Carroll was born on this day in 1940.
Sharon Farrell (above right) turned in the role of the fetching Doris in 1984's SciFi-subversive flick, Night of the Comet. Farrell was born on this day in 1940.
Michael Billington was one of the regulars who helped bring to life Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's UFO for television. Though he's no longer with us, Billington was born on this day in 1941.
In the role of Sergeant Benton, John Levene had the opportunity to play in the realm of the BBC's long-running Doctor Who from 1967 through 1975. Levene was born on this day in 1941.
Another familiar face that pops up when you least expect it (and steals the scene) is the gifted Timothy Carhart. Star Trek fans know him for making things tough for Commander Data in The Next Generation episode, "Redemption, Part II." Carhart was born on this day in 1953.
Yes, I know that very few people apparently enjoyed Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), but I personally loved it. Like so many Batman and Superman fans, I've waited years to see the two of them on the silver screen together, so I was able to dismiss some of its flaws because I had so much fun with it. In any event, the talented Julius Tennon (above right) played a role in the film, and Tennon was born on this day in 1953.
Grand Bush (above center) is yet one more of those talented character actors who even makes big things happen in small roles. Fans recognize him from work aboard The Incredible Hulk, Airwolf, Freejack, Demolition Man, and Fox TV's The Visitor. Bush was born on this day in 1955.
Though he's probably remembered more for his appearances in Die Hard and the long-running Walker, Texas Ranger, the great Clarence Gilyard Jr recently turned up in the SciFi-themed The Sector (2016) for Copper Kid Productions. Gilyard Jr was born on this day in 1955.
After making a splash as an actor in his youth, Perry Lang transitioned into the world behind-the-camera, taking the reins as a director for episodes in such franchises as Dark Skies, Millennium, The Twilight Zone, and many other mainstream dramas. Lang was born on this day in 1959.
Ricky Grover has made his presence felt in such SciFi and genre-related properties as Red Dwarf, Being Human, and a little something called The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains. Grover was born on this day in 1961.
Wade Williams is a fantastic character actor whose talents end up pitching him in the role of the traditional heavy or a modern bad guy. Most recently, he showed up with a great guest role aboard HBO's Westworld as Captain Norris. Williams was born on this day in 1961.
Mark Valley had a role in Fringe's first season, helping to get the program off-the-ground before moving on to leading man status aboard the action series Human Target. Valley was born on this day in 1964.
Funnyman Diedrich Bader has built an incredible career both as live acting as well as voicework. You can hear his work as part of Monsters Vs. Aliens, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Miles From Tomorrowland to name but a few. Bader was born on this day in 1966.
With roles in such entries as Supernova (2005), The Triangle (miniseries), and the BBC's short-lived Outcasts, Sean Cameron Michael is no stronger to the worlds of SciFi. Michael was born on this day in 1969.
Comics writer and screenwriter Mark Millar has a lot to be smilin' about. He's been given credit for revamping X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four for the modern era of storytelling. Millar was born on this day in 1969.
Director Breck Eisner has definitely flirted with some quality genre work. He's had a hand in bringing to life such properties as The Invisible Man (TV), Taken (TV), and The Expanse. Eisner was born on this day in 1970.
Amaury Nolasco joined the squad of rough'n'tumble U.S. warriors who faced down the first wave of Transformers (2007) in that franchise's big screen debut. Nolasco was born on this day in 1970.
The WB's Roswell was one of those programs that never quite fell on my radar. I watched an episode or two, and I wasn't much intrigued, so I tuned it out. Still, kudos to actor Jeremy Davidson for making a run on the SciFi franchise. Davidson was born on this day in 1971.
Carmen Moore may very well be one of the hardest working sci-fi ladies out there, though you might never recognize her. She's appeared in such programs as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome as well as small parts in Supernatural, Stargate: SG-1, Seven Days, Andromeda, The 4400, Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance, Smallville, Flash Gordon, Kyle XY, and Caprica. That's quite a run, indeed! Moore was born on this day in 1972.
Stephenie Meyer set hearts, minds, and loins afire with her Teen/Romance Twilight saga, and she's dabbled in the realm of Science Fiction with The Host (2013). Meyer was born on this day in 1973.
Comedian and activist Bethany Black had a role aboard "Sleep No More," Doctor Who's ninth episode of its ninth season. Black was born on this day in 1978.
She's well into her second decade in the entertainment business, and Satomi Ishihara is already making a big name for herself with appearances aboard the live-action Attack On Titan (2015) and Shin Godzilla (2016). Ishihara was born on this day in 1986.
A dreamy Abigail Klein lit up the silver screen with a small role in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). The lovely lady was born on this day in 1988.