Actor Mark Wahlberg isn’t known for his smarts … which is probably why he was cast in the Timothy Burton PLANET OF THE APES reboot. Just look at that expression: blank, blank, and more blank. It made him perfect for a time-traveling astronaut who goes up against some mighty simians. Thank goodness Burton and his antics didn’t ruin an otherwise stellar sci-fi franchise.
Wahlberg was born on this day in 1971.
While he was Robert Lansing (pictured above left between two ladies) to his family and friends, Star Trek fans knew him best as the incomparable ‘Gary Seven’ (pictured above right with the black cat), a character Gene Roddenberry had intended to fashion into a Trek spin-off show which sadly never materialized. He was one of the principles for 1977’s schlocky EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, and he did land a role in the cult sci-fi series AUTOMAN as a police lieutenant. Though he’s no longer with us, Lansing was born on this day in 1928.
Actor John Bach (pictured above, right, with huge pupils) played the memorable construct Einstein in one of greatest sci-fi epics produced for television, Syfy’s FARSCAPE. A bit of trivia: when the show was in its regular episodic run, Bach’s role was entirely uncredited, most likely a deliberate attempt to build up the mystery surrounding this figure who appeared to aide astronaut John Crichton in finding some answers to the galaxy’s most perplexing questions. Bach was born on this day in 1946.
Actor Daniel von Bargen has had to climb an uphill road the past few years after suffering a failed suicide attempt. (Our wishes go out to him and his family for his continued recovery.) The man has enjoyed a solid career of largely smaller, more character-driven roles; and he’s appeared in such sci-fi properties as ROBOCOP 3, THE POSTMAN, THE X-FILES, and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN. Von Bargen was born on this day in 1950.
Actor Ron Livingston has always seemed like a nice guy. So it stands to reason that, as an actor, he’d end up in so many ‘nice guy’ roles. Mostly. He was part of the solid cast for DEFYING GRAVITY, a program that only lasted 13 episodes and never really achieved orbit with more than a cult audience. I’ve never seen it, but I may check it out on video at some point. Livingston was born on this day in 1967.
That’s all we have for today. In the meantime, live long and prosper!