02-28 Happy birthday to Ali Larter, Born: February 28, 1976.
Alison Elizabeth “Ali” Larter is an American actress. She is best known for playing the dual roles of Niki Sanders and Tracy Strauss on the NBC science fiction drama Heroes as well as her guest roles on several television shows in the 1990s.
Larter’s screen debut came in the 1999 film Varsity Blues, followed by the horror films House on Haunted Hill and Final Destination as Clear Rivers. Major supporting roles in the comedy Legally Blonde and the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love led her to lead roles as the titular character in Marigold and in the 2009 thriller Obsessed. Larter achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife.
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02-28 Happy birthday to Stephanie Beacham, Born: February 28, 1947.
Stephanie Beacham age is the British actress who played Countess Regina Bartholomew in the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth season episode “Ship in a Bottle” in 1992.
Between 1985 and 1989, Beacham played Sabella “Sable” Scott Colby on the television drama series Dynasty on which she worked with Joan Collins and Tracy Scoggins. She also played this part on the spin-off series The Colbys (1985-1987) on which she worked again with Tracy Scoggins and with Ricardo Montalban. For her work on Dynasty and The Colbys, Beacham received three Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in 1986, 1988, and 1990. Between 1989 and 1990 she played the lead role in the television comedy Sister Kate, Golden Globe award nominated in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical in 1990. In the 1990s she played Dr. Kristin Westphalen in the first season of the science fiction series SeaQuest DSV, with fellow regular Marco Sanchez and recurring actors William Morgan Sheppard, Frank Welker, and Richard Herd and Iris McKay, mother to Luke Perry’s character in eight episodes of the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991-1994, with Michael Durrell and Ann Gillespie).
More recently, Beacham had a recurring role as Martha Fraser in the British long running drama series Coronation Street (2009) and guest roles in episodes of Material Girl (2010), Casualty (2010), and Mount Pleasant (2011). In 2010 she also took part in the seventh season of Celebrity Big Brother UK. Most recently she portrayed Maria Callas in the stage play “Master Class” in the UK and published her autobiography.
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02-27 Happy birthday to the late Dick Crockett, Born: February 27, 1915 and passed away on January 25, 1979.
Richard DeHart “Dick” Crockett was a stunt coordinator and stuntman on who worked on Star Trek: The Original Series. He was William Shatner’s stunt double in the second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.
Crockett filmed his scenes for “Where No Man Has Gone Before” on Wednesday 28 July 1965 at Desilu Culver Stage 16. He filmed his scenes for “The Trouble with Tribbles” on Wednesday 30 August 1967 and his scenes for “The Gamesters of Triskelion” on Monday 23 October 1967, both at Desilu Stage 10.
Among his other television guest appearances was a 1966 episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (“The Off-Broadway Affair”). He was a frequent collaborator with director Blake Edwards, with their shared credits including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Days of Wine and Roses (1962) The Pink Panther (1963), The Great Race (1965) The Party (1968), Return of the Pink Panther (1975, with), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978).
Crockett’s last movie job was as stunt coordinator for the movie 10. He died during production – the film is dedicated to him.
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02-27 Happy birthday to James Worthy, Born: February 27, 1961.
James Ager Worthy is a former professional basketball player who appeared as the Klingon Koral in the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episode “Gambit, Part II” in 1993. Standing at six feet, nine inches (206 cm) tall, Worthy is the tallest-ever Klingon seen onscreen. Worthy met Robert O’Reilly on a plane flight and it was O’Reilly who persuaded him to talk to the producers to appear on The Next Generation.
Worthy played basketball at the University of North Carolina from 1979-82. He led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship in 1982, along with fellow teammate Michael Jordan. Selected first in the 1983 NBA Draft by the LA Lakers, he went on to win three championships with that team in 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1987-88. After retiring as a player in 1994, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Worthy’s also appeared in the biopic Run for the Dream:The Gail Devers Story (1996) and the In the House episode “Hoop Screams” (1996). Beside his acting work, Worthy appeared as himself in television series such as Webster (1987), In Living Color (1994), Everybody Loves Raymond (1997), Arli$$ (2001), and Men of a Certain Age (2010).
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02-26 Happy birthday to the late Theodore Sturgeon, Born: February 26, 1918 and passed away on May 8, 1985.
Theodore “Ted” Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo) was a prolific science fiction author. He made his mark in the Star Trek universe, crafting the backstory for Spock and the Vulcans in TOS: “Amok Time”, an episode that garnered him a Hugo Award nomination.
Sturgeon wrote two Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, “Shore Leave” and “Amok Time”. He also wrote two unproduced story outlines: “The Joy Machine”, which was later developed into a first draft teleplay by Meyer Dolinsky, then into a novel by James Gunn, published by Pocket Books, and “Shore Leave II”, an intended sequel to “Shore Leave”.
Sturgeon was liked by the Star Trek staff for his fertile imagination and writing skills, however he wasn’t familiar enough with the television format and his stories often turned out to be too expensive or simply impossible to be put to the screen. He also worked very slowly, often taking months to get from outline to teleplay and then to revised drafts. The story for “Shore Leave” has been assigned in April 1966, finally filmed in late-October. “Amok Time” was planned to be a first season episode, but had to be postponed until season 2.
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, the character Sturgeon from “The Man Trap” was named after him. Sturgeon was also referred to in dialogue in DS9: “Far Beyond the Stars”, and thus has a namesake in the Star Trek universe.
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02-26 Happy birthday to Lawrence Montaigne, Born: February 26, 1931.
Born in New York, but raised in Rome, Italy, Montaigne speaks several languages, a skill he used to his advantage in securing roles in international productions. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was only one platoon apart in the Parris Island boot camp from his future friend Steve McQueen.
He appeared in the role of Dr. Chauncy Hartlund in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, “The Case of the Carefree Coronary.”
Lawrence Montaigne portrayed one of the first Romulans on Star Trek, Decius, in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Balance of Terror”. He later played a Vulcan named Stonn in “Amok Time”.
Montaigne filmed his scenes as Decius on Wednesday 27 July 1966 and Thursday 28 July 1966 at Desilu Stage 9.
In addition, he guest starred on Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Blue Light, Mission: Impossible, The Time Tunnel, The Invaders, Perry Mason, McCloud, and The Feather and Father Gang..
His motion picture appearances include roles in The Great Escape (1963), Captain Sindbad (1963), Tobruk (1967), The Power (1968), The Psycho Lover (1970), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Framed (1975), Young Lady Chatterley (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981) and Dakota (1988).
In 2007, Montaigne returned to the role of Stonn in the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. In late 2007 Montaigne portrayed Commander Vellar in the pilot episode of the audio series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.
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