It was on this date, April 13th, in the bicentennial year of 1976 that late child actor Jonathan Brandis was born (1976-2003). For those that don’t know who he is, he starred in such classic 80s and 90s movies such as “Ladybugs”, “Sidekicks” with Chuck Norris, “Stephen King’s It” and “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter”.
However, it was his 57 episode (only character to be on all episodes) run on the hit NBC show, “SeaQuest DSV” that will hold a special place in my heart…due to an anachronism. You see, in one of the episodes, he is seen wearing a Florida (now Miami) Marlins jersey. Being that the show had debuted around the same time the team did, I thought it was a nice touch to include that; this is coming from the same guy that got chills when I saw the original Sharks’ jersey in the pilot episode of “Sliders”; getting to the point, however, is that fact THIS particular jersey incorporated the words “World Champions”…no more than a year after their creation!
His portrayal of his character on the show, on the other hand, was also what made his place here relevant; as a super-smart tech guy on a deep-sea vessel, he sort of reminded one of “Commander Data” on the “Star Trek” spinoffs…the underdog who is always finding a way out of a jam scientifically. And that, my friends, is what endeared me to him.
Also celebrating on this date are; former American outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866-1908), late “Get Smart” and “Inspector Gadget” star Don Adams (1923-2005), former “Wonder Woman” co-star, veteran actor Lyle Waggoner (1935), actor Paul Sorvino (1939), former “Leave It to Beaver” sidekick Tony Dow (1945) and The Reverend Al Green was born in 1946.
“Hellboy” star Ron Perlman (1950), singer Peabo Bryson (1951), E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg (1951), former chess master Garry Kasparov (1963), actress/comedian Caroline Rhea (1964), former child star Ricky Schroder (1970), Staind guitarist/singer Aaron Lewis (1972) and one-hit wonder star (for “Mambo No. 5”) Lou Bega (1975) also share this date.
More tomorrow…calendar says so…must listen to calendar…
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\