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Happy Birthday, Peter Jurasik! April 26, 2017

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Today is actor Peter Jurasik’s birthday.

Peter Jurasik is an American actor who is known for his role as Sid the Snitch on the 1980s series Hill Street Blues and its short-lived spinoff Beverly Hills Buntz, but is best known and loved for his role as Londo Mollari in the science fiction hit series, Babylon 5 (or this site).

The actor, who turns 67 today, is one of my favourite actors for his distinctive looks (in whatever role he plays) and his sheer character-driven performances. While Peter Jurasik has a good resumé in the field, his performance as Londo Mollari on Babylon 5 was a joy to watch, and I have very pronounced, strong memories of his role in the series.

Here’s wishing Peter Jurasik a very Happy Birthday today!

And he still *does* look stunning in purple! 🙂

If Thou Didst Live, ‘Twould be Thy Birthday April 23, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Yes, today is the birthday of the Bard. Well, sort of, since he is, of course, dead. Which makes today moot from the point of view of it being William Shakespeare‘s birthday.

In any event, folks, to celebrate today’s being the Bard’s birthday, go and read something by Shakespeare. I am reading “Romeo and Juliet” today in appreciation of the Bard. Wonderful play. A Passion Play, you might say (and if you know the reference to that one, give yourself 25 bonus points).

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson!

Today is Belinda Stewart-Wilson’s birthday. The actress grew up on military bases in the UK, Germany, and Austria before the family finally settled down in London. Best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners, Belinda played the role of the doomed Christine Johnson in the third season of ITV’s Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Belinda Stewart-Wilson a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! April 14, 2017

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Peter Capaldi, the actor who is portraying the current, Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can’t say that I’m a great fan of New Who, I’ve absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I’ve actually come to like him in the role of the Doctor so far, and find him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, the forthcoming series of the show (which starts tomorrow) will be Mr. Capaldi’s last.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 58th! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Byrne April 2, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Byrne!

Today is Jonathan Byrne’s birthday. The Dublin-born actor is best known for his role as Patrick Quinn/Ethan Dobrowski in the Primeval tv series, but is also known for his roles in Fair City/i> and The Clinic.

Here’s wishing Jonathan Byrne a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, Hannah Spearritt! April 1, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Hannah Spearritt!

Today is Hannah Spearritt’s birthday. She is the lovely actress who first came to prominence as part of S Club 7, but is best known for her role as Abby Maitland in the Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Hannah Spearritt, who turns 36 years young today, a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

You’re very much missed, Abby Maitland.

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Current Music:Mitsou – “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton! March 25, 2017

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For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn’t, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as “the cosmic hobo” due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton’s Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton’s serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.

Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown! February 13, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown!

Today is actress Lucy Brown’s birthday. A truly lovely and gifted actress, Lucy Brown played Claudia Brown in Series One, and then Jenny Lewis in Series Two and Three of the Primeval UK tv series. Lucy has appeared in several other shows and series, and here’s hoping we see a lot more of her on Canadian television in future.

Here’s wishing Lucy Brown a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, Crystal Lowe! January 20, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Crystal Lowe!

Today is Crystal Lowe’s birthday.

A somewhat gifted actress and attractive young woman, Crystal made a name for herself as Toby Nance, the geek to whom Evan Cross turns for all things technology-related in the Primeval: New World tv series.

Here’s wishing Crystal Lowe a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead! And, a new series or three that will hopefully have long runs!

Happy Birthday, Tom Baker! January 20, 2017

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Tom Baker, the actor who portrayed the Fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

While I will always remember William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in the series (I grew up with the series, after all), Tom Baker was, for many, the definitive Doctor in the series, due to the length of time that he played the role.

And now, here’s some Trivia about Tom Baker on the occasion of his birthday:

1. An image of him appeared on the episode of The Simpsons (1989) shown on 26 November 1995.

2. He is the longest-serving actor to have portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who, having played the role for seven seasons from 1974 to 1981. In second place is his immediate predecessor, Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974.

3. With the death of Jon Pertwee on May 20, 1996, he is both the oldest and earliest surviving Doctor from the series.

4. Tom was a largely unknown, unemployed actor who had actually written to the BBC seeking work shortly before he was cast in his most famous role, as the star of Doctor Who. His appointment as Jon Pertwee’s successor came after series producer Barry Letts had already considered for the role more famous actors Jim Dale, Richard Hearne, Michael Bentine, Graham Crowden, and Fulton Mackay, all of whom had been discounted for various reasons.

5. He has performed with the National Theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

6. He has two children with his wife, Anna Wheatcroft, Daniel and Piers.

7. He is a voice-over artist for television commercials in the UK.

8. He has been mistaken by members of the public for Jon Pertwee.

9. Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School, Sidcup, Kent, UK alongside Freddie Jones. Later members include actors Ray Fearon, Gary Oldman and Stephen Armourae.

10. His mother, Mary Jane Fleming Baker, was Irish.

11. He was a monk for six years before becoming an actor.

12. After Jon Pertwee, he is the second longest-lived actor to have played the Doctor in Doctor Who.

13. At 6’3″ tall, he is the tallest actor, along with Jon Pertwee, to have played the Doctor in the series.

14. Documented in books about the Doors rock group, Tom Baker was a friend of and used to “hang out” with Jim Morrison prior to his career as the Doctor.

15. In one of the most recent Christmas specials of Doctor Who, “The Time of the Doctor”, he played the role of the librarian and archive keeper, and hints that this may be the Doctor’s final incarnation as well.

16. He is a voracious reader of books.