As I have stated on here previously, I am a huge fan of both CW series “Arrow” and “The Flash”. However, most of you, especially if you were born after the 90s, are probably unaware that, previously to this season’s reboot, there was another series in 1990 that shared “The Flash” as a title.
In the 1990 series, which only lasted one season, the title character was portrayed by little-known soap opera actor John Wesley Shipp, who celebrates his 60th birthday today (1955). Unbeknownst to all of you is the added fact that Mr. Shipp is currently one of three actors to appear in BOTH versions…he is currently playing Barry Allen’s father, Henry; actress Amanda Pays, who played scientist Tina McGee, reprised that role in an episode this year; and an upcoming episode has veteran actor Mark Hamill reprising his role as “The Trickster”. How’s that for déjà vu?
Today’s birthday twins for whoever celebrates are late singer Sam Cooke (1931-1964), the original “David Banner” from “The Incredible Hulk” TV series, the late Bill Bixby (1934-1993), Journey frontman Steve Perry (1949), actor Chris Lemmon (1954), and former L.A. Guns and W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Reilly was born in 1956.
It is also the birthdays of actress Linda Blair (1959), late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence (1960-1997), former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler (1965), DJ Jazzy Jeff (also 1965), actor/musician Balthazar Getty (1975), Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody (1981), football superstar/pariah Ray Rice (1987), and Gene’s offspring, actor/singer Nick Simmons was born in 1989.
Tune in next time and please spread the word…thank you!
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