Dick Miller was born December 25, 1928.
Richard “Dick” Miller is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 films, particularly those produced by Roger Corman, and later in films of directors who started their careers with Corman, including James Cameron and Joe Dante, with the distinction of appearing in every film directed by Dante. Miller’s main roles have been in films such as Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Explorers, Piranha, The Howling, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, The Terminator, The ‘Burbs and Small Soldiers.
Miller was born in The Bronx, New York the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. Miller served a tour of duty in the United States Navy. Miller attended the City College of New York as well as Columbia University. He performed on Broadway and also worked at the Bellevue Hospital Mental Hygiene Clinic and the psychiatric department of Queens General Hospital. In 1952, he moved to California seeking work as a writer. One of his earliest acting roles was in Apache Woman (1955). He played one of the town’s people and also a separate role as an Indian. In an action scene his town person character shot his Indian character, as related in the documentary Corman’s World.
Richard Miller is also credited for being in a Sega CD video game called Prize Fighter in which he plays the role of a corner man for the main character.
His roles in movies include White Line Fever, The Terminator, All The Right Moves, Night of the Creeps, Small Soldiers, It Conquered the World, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, the Tales from the Crypt movie Demon Knight, Amazon Women on the Moon, Chopping Mall, The Howling, Piranha and I Wanna Hold Your Hand. His best known role was in the movies Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch as Murray Futterman. He appeared in Pulp Fiction as Monster Joe, but his scene and a few others were deleted because of the length of the film. He also appeared in Rod Stewart’s music video for the song “Infatuation” in 1984, with Mike Mazurki and Kay Lenz.
His television credits include V: The Final Battle as Dan Pascal, three seasons as the generous bartender Lou Mackie on Fame, and appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season 1 episode “The Big Goodbye” as the newspaper stand man in the holodeck, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the season 3 two-part episode “Past Tense” as Vin, Time of Your Life, as a prison guard in Soap (1979) and he voiced the gangster Chuckie Sol in the animated feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Miller has also directed television shows, including “The Fix” a 1986 episode of the series Miami Vice.
In 2000, Miller was featured alongside former collaborators including Roger Corman, Sam Arkoff and Peter Bogdanovich in the documentary SCHLOCK! The Secret History of American Movies, a film about the rise and fall of American exploitation cinema. 2014 appeared in the documentary film over his life That Guy Dick Miller.
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Sarah Douglas was born December 12, 1952.
Sarah Douglas is a British actress. She is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). Her other prominent roles include that of the evil Queen Taramis in the 1984 film Conan the Destroyer, and Pamela Lynch in the 1980s primetime drama series Falcon Crest (1983–85).
She also appeared in V, Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1 and Space 1999.
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03-27 Happy birthday to Elizabeth Mitchell, Born: March 27, 1970.
Elizabeth Mitchell is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Juliet Burke on the ABC TV series Lost, and also had lead roles on the TV series V and Revolution, and recurring as the Snow Queen in Once Upon A Time in late 2014. She has starred in such films as The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Gia.
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03-03 Happy birthday to Debra Dilley, born March 3,1955.
Debra Dilley is an actress who was hired to portray a Vulcan maiden in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. She was picked in an interview and went to the costume fitting at Paramount where she was sent to Gene Roddenberry’s office to have her costume approved by him. Dilley filmed her scenes at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road at Alumni Avenue, Eagle Rock, City of Los Angeles, California which stood in as Mount Seleya. Star Trek III assistant director Babs Subramaniam tried to hire Dilley as stand-in for Gates McFadden at the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987 but the production only hired non Screen Actors Guild members as stand-ins.
Seven years after her first Trek performance Dilley was hired to portray the Romulan Commander Sela in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Mind’s Eye”. For this part she also received no credit as she was only seen as the figure hiding in the shadows. Actress Denise Crosby who played Sela in the following episodes lent her voice for the scene in “The Mind’s Eye”. Dilley auditioned for this part with 49 other women and finally got the part. Unusually she got an acting contract for this role and was called back to work on more episodes of The Next Generation where she portrayed multiple aliens and Starfleet officers. Dilley also worked as additional stand-in and second unit special effects photo double for Gates McFadden’s Beverly Crusher when the regulars Lorine Mendell and Cameron were unavailable. A few years earlier her union membership was the reason she was not hired for this part.
With a career of over twenty years as an actress Dilley worked on several other projects beside Star Trek. In 1981 she worked as a model for writer and director Michael Crichton on the science fiction thriller Looker. In 1982 she worked as a background actress on Ridley Scott’s science fiction thriller Blade Runner where she portrayed a futuristic police officer. In 1988 she was hired to work on the science fiction film Alien Nation as a stand-in and also portrayed an alien hooker.
Beside her film work, Dilley also worked as a crewmember on the science fiction series V between 1984 and 1985 and on J. Michael Straczynski’s science fiction series Babylon 5. On the latter one she can be seen as many different alien characters and also worked as stand-in.
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02-12 Happy birthday to Michael Ironside, Born: February 12, 1950.
Michael Ironside is a Canadian actor. He has also worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and “tough guy” heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters.
Michael Ironside specializes in playing villains and tough-guys. One of his first roles was a memorable turn as evil telepath Darryl Revok in Scanners (1981), an early film by David Cronenberg. He played the role of a serial killer (Colt Hawker) in a 1982 slasher film directed by Jean-Claude Lord called Visiting Hours. He appeared as “Miler Crane” in The A-Team episode “Taxicab Wars” (1983). His breakthrough role was as cynical anti-hero Ham Tyler in the television miniseries V: The Final Battle (1984). He is also known for his roles in Top Gun (1986) as Naval Aviator Lieutenant Commander Rick ‘Jester’ Heatherly, Extreme Prejudice (1987) as Major Paul Hackett, Watchers (1988) as a conscience-free mutant assassin, and Total Recall (1990) as Richter (the murderous henchman of Ronny Cox’s villain Cohaagen). Ironside played the villainous General Katana in the science fiction sequel Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and, after a brief stint in ER’s inaugural season, he was tapped to replace Roy Scheider as captain of the high-tech submarine seaQuest in the third season of seaQuest DSV as Captain Oliver Hudson. However, NBC canceled the series after only thirteen episodes with Ironside as the star. In 1992, he starred as M. Emmet Walsh’s brother in David Winning’s thriller Killer Image. In 1997, Ironside was reunited with Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven for Starship Troopers. He appeared in The Perfect Storm (2000) and The Machinist (2004). He starred in the movie Chaindance as a small time crook, unable to make it on the outside, who was paired up with a handicapped man. Ironside recently starred as Resistance General Ashdown in Terminator Salvation, reunited with his co-star from The Machinist, Christian Bale.
Ironside has also been recognized for his voice acting. He played comic book villain Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series and its sequel, Justice League to great accolade. In one episode of The New Batman Adventures, he played Batman in a Batman: The Dark Knight Returns sequence. Another part he played in the DC Comics universe was Lois Lane’s father, General Sam Lane in three episodes of Smallville.
He has worked in video games as the voice of Tom Clancy’s character Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell games and is cast as the Global Defense Initiative’s Lieutenant General Jack Granger in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Ironside signed a 5-year deal to portray Captain Jonas Trager in the SpaceWorks Television science fiction series, Ice Planet but the show was not produced.
In 2009, he starred in The Beacon under the direction of Michael Stokes.
In 2010, Ironside guest starred in Season 4, Episode 1 (“Friends and Enemies”) of Burn Notice.
In 2011, Ironside appeared in the film: X-Men: First Class, playing the Captain of the 7th Fleet. He appeared in Justified playing a supporting role as a Detroit hitman the following year. He also voiced the role of Ultra Magnus in season 3 of the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters television series in 2013.
Ironside appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger as “The Chairman” whose plan was to eliminate high level agencies such as the FBI, Texas Rangers, etc.
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01-29 Happy birthday to Marc Singer, Born: January 29, 1948.
Before the height of his career, Singer appeared in the sequel to the miniseries Roots as Col. Warner’s elder son Andy. Singer has appeared in several fantasy adventure films and series, such as The Beastmaster and its sequels, in which he played the title role, and as Mike Donovan in the 1983 miniseries V, the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, and the TV series V: The Series.
Other roles include the 1982 film If You Could See What I Hear (where he portrayed blind musician Tom Sullivan), Body Chemistry, Something for Joey (as football star John Cappelletti), Watchers II, High Desert Kill, The Fighter, Go Tell the Spartans and Dead Space, as well as General Klaus Von Kraut in A Man Called Sarge.
Singer voiced the character of Man-Bat on Batman: The Animated Series. He has guest-starred on television series, such as Dallas, The Twilight Zone, The Hitchhiker, Murder, She Wrote, The Young and the Restless, The Ray Bradbury Theater and Highlander: The Series.
Singer is active in theater and played Petruchio in the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, as well as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. Both Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano were filmed.
Singer was the first choice for the role of Connor MacLeod in Highlander, but he turned it down because of his commitment on V: The Series. He was also the first choice for the role of Whistler in Blade.
Singer appeared in the last episode of Season 2 of the new version of V, airing on March 15, 2011, however, instead of reprising his role of Mike Donovan, he plays a new character called Lars Tremont. He played a recurring role as General Matthew Shrieve on The CW’s television series Arrow’s third season.
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