Happy birthday Dawn Roddenberry, born August 31, 1953.
Dawn Alison Roddenberry Compton is the daughter of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. She played a dirty-faced girl in a flowered dress in the Star Trek episode “Miri”, but received no credit for her appearance.
Remembering Eve Smith, born August 31, 1905 and passed away on August 28, 1997.
Evelyn F. “Eve” Smith was an actress who played the elderly patient in the Mercy Hospital in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Smith started her acting career at the age of forty, and appeared in films such as Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Romancing the Stone, The Bad Seed (1985), Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988), Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989), and Love Hurts (1991).
She guest starred also in television series such as Cheers (1982), Highway to Heaven (1984), The A-Team (1984), St. Elsewhere (1985), Moonlighting (1986), Growing Pains (1988 & 1989), Night Court (1985 & 1989), and Married… with Children (1989).
Happy birthday Anthony D. Call , born August 31, 1940.
Anthony Dalby Biberman, known by his professional name Anthony Call is an American actor born in Los Angeles, California, who played Lieutenant Dave Bailey in the original Star Trek series episode “The Corbomite Maneuver”.
In The Twilight Zone he played Lee Helmsman in the episode “The Thirty-Fathom Grave” credited as Tony Call.
Call went on to become a regular on two soap operas, first as “Joe Warner” on Guiding Light from 1972 through 1976, then as “D.A. Herb Callison” on One Life To Live from 1978 all the way through 1993.
His other television credits include Temple Houston (1963), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1963), The Fugitive (1965), Bonanza (1965), Combat! (1966) and The Virginian (1968 and 1969).
Other film credits include The People Next Door (1970), and Going in Style (1979).
He has served as narrator on a number of documentaries and series, including The F.B.I. Files (1998-2006), Amish Haunting (2014), Alaska Haunting (2015), and A Haunting in Connecticut (2002).
He has been the narrator of Destination America’s series A Haunting since 2005.
Happy birthday Jonathan LaPaglia, born August 31, 1969.
Jonathan LaPaglia is an Australian-American actor known for his roles as Frank B. Parker in the television series Seven Days, Kevin Debreno in The District and Det. Tommy McNamara in New York Undercover.
Since 2016, LaPaglia has hosted Network Ten’s revival of Australian Survivor.
Remembering Noble Willingham, born August 31, 1931 and passed away January 17, 2004.
Willingham was teaching government and economics at Sam Houston High School in Houston before he followed his dream of becoming an actor. He auditioned for a part in The Last Picture Show (1971), which was filmed in Texas. He won the role, which led to another appearance, in Paper Moon (1973).
Willingham appeared in more than thirty feature films, including Big Bad Mama (1974), Chinatown (1974), Where Have All The People Gone? (1974), Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975), Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975), Fighting Mad (1976), Greased Lightning (1977), The Boys in Company C (1978), Norma Rae (1979), Fast Charlie… the Moonbeam Rider (1979), Brubaker (1980), The Howling (1981), Harry’s War (1981), Independence Day (1983), La Bamba (1987), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), the HBO film The Heist (1989), Blind Fury (1989), City Slickers (1991), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Pastime (1991), Article 99 (1992), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Of Mice and Men (1992), Fire In The Sky (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994), Up Close & Personal (1996), and The Corndog Man (1999).
On television, Willingham had a recurring role in the ABC series Home Improvement with Tim Allen as John Binford, and appeared as a guest star in the 1975 CBS family drama series Three for the Road.
He also guest starred on Dallas, The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989), Northern Exposure, The Rockford Files, Tucker’s Witch, and Quantum Leap.
His additional television credits include A Woman With A Past, The Children Nobody Wanted, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, and Unconquered.
He also played the conductor in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980), Dr. Graham in Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story (1983), he appeared in the 1986 miniseries Dream West, and appeared in Badge of the Assassin (1985) and Men Don’t Tell (1993).
He guest starred as IRS Agent Bumpers in the show Remington Steele.
He was best known for his role as C.D. Parker on the series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 1999. He left the show to run for the United States House of Representatives.
On January 17, 2004, Willingham died in his sleep of a heart attack in Palm Springs at the age of 72. A veteran of the United States Army during the Korean War, he is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Happy birthday Dee Bradley Baker, born August 31, 1962.
Dee Bradley Baker is an American voice actor. His major roles, many of which feature his vocalizations of animals, include animated series such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Dad!, SpongeBob SquarePants, Codename: Kids Next Door, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Ben 10, The Legend of Korra and The 7D, live action series such as Legends of the Hidden Temple and Shop ’til You Drop, films such as The Boxtrolls and Space Jam and video games such as Halo, Gears of War, Viewtiful Joe, Spore, and Overwatch.
Happy birthday Debbie Gibson, born August 31, 1970.
Deborah Ann Gibson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Gibson released her debut album Out of the Blue in 1987, which spawned several international hits, later being certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. One of those singles, “Foolish Beat”, made Gibson the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. Her double-platinum second album Electric Youth (1989), gave Gibson another U.S. number-one hit with “Lost in Your Eyes”. Gibson is the sole songwriter on all of her singles to reach the top 20 of the Hot 100 charts. She was recognized by ASCAP as Songwriter of the Year, along with Bruce Springsteen, in 1989. She continued to record and release music throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. In 2006, Gibson reached number 24 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart with “Say Goodbye”, a duet with Jordan Knight, and in 2017 achieved her highest-charting hit in more than 25 years in her duet with Sir Ivan, “I Am Peaceman”. Gibson’s latest single “Girls Night Out” became her first top five and highest-charting hit after 30 years. In addition to music, she has gone on to starring roles on Broadway and touring musicals, including playing Eponine in Les Misérables and Sandy in Grease, as well as television and independent film work.