# DXXIX…For “Mr. Nobody”…

Today, March 16th, marks the birthdate of a very talented actor named Alan Tudyk (1971), whose presence in movies like “A Knight’s Tale” and “I, Robot” have propelled him into a stellar voice-acting career.  In fact, he is an actor that has voiced a character in every Walt Disney animated picture since “Wreck-It Ralph” (he was King Candy).

However, as the title of this post acknowledges, he is now on the radar for his outrageous portrayal of the “villain” in the DC Universe smash hit “Doom Patrol”, which just premiered this season.  An original comic-based story based on a bunch of misfit heroes who must band together to save their “creator” (aka “The Chief”, Niles Caulder {played by superstar Timothy Dalton}) from the actions of Alan Tudyk’s Eric Morden, who (through an experiment gone “wrong”) becomes the omniscient and ubiquitous Mr. Noboby, a fourth-wall breaking character that shows off the actor’s brilliant range!!!

With that show just taking off, and the fact that he will also be voicing The Joker for the upcoming DC Universe show, “Harley Quinn” (releasing sometime soon…), means that he will be on your radars for the foreseeable future and he deserves his place here.

Happy birthday, “Mr. Nobody”…and many happy more!!!!

Others on this date include; late comedian Henny Youngman (1906-1998), late First Lady Pat Nixon (1912-1993), late actor/comedian/telethon organizer Jerry Lewis (1926-2017), former game show host Chuck Woolery (1941), Alice Cooper guitarist Michael Owen Bruce (1948), actor Erik Estrada (1949) and southpaw actor Victor Garber was born in 1949.

Rock gods Heart’s Nancy Wilson was born in 1954, rapper/actor Flavor Flav (1959), comic book god Todd McFarlane (1961), baseball star Curtis Granderson (1981), wrestler Kenny Dykstra (1986), Los Angeles Clippers’ star Blake Griffin (1989) and Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen was born in 1991.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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# DXXVIII…# 88’s Redux…

Back in 2014, I had posted a short list associated with today’s celebrator, San Jose Sharks’ star defenseman Brent Burns (1985), who started his career (as I mentioned in that post) with our dreaded division rivals, the Minnesota Wild.  However, since that post, Mr. Burns has been voted (once) as the winner of the James Norris Trophy for the league’s best defensive player (2016).

After playing over 1000 games in his career, he has amassed (as of last year) more penalty minutes (you would expect for a defenseman) than goals but, in his career, he’s also been nominated for the league’s Ted Lindsey (best player) Award and is also a Gold Medal-winner for the 2015 IIHF World Championship team!  Not too shabby for the youngster and hopefully many more accolades will come to him!

Also celebrating today are/were; late “Mike Hammer” creator Mickey Spillane (1918-2006), late talk show host Joe Franklin (1926-2015), Puerto Rican astrologer/actor Walter Mercado (1932), late Russian cosmonaut (first human in space, too) Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), country crooner Mickey Gilley (1936), late actor/comedian Marty Ingels (1936-2015) and late superstar actor Raul Julia (1940-1994).

Finishing this elongated list are: late chess maestro Bobby Fischer (1943-2008), singer Jeffrey Osborne (1948), race car professional Danny Sullivan (1950), vivacious Italian actress Ornella Muti (1955), sports entertainer aka wrestler Rick Steiner (1961), MLB journeyman Terry Mulholland (1963), TV personality Steve Wilkos (1964), former NFL player/actor Brian Bosworth (1965), former catcher Benito Santiago (1965), “Webster” star Emmanuel Lewis (1971), actor Oscar Isaac (who played as Apocalypse, the villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse”) {1979}, former NFL #88, Antonio Bryant (1981), actress Brittany Snow (1986) and rapper/actor Bow Wow (1987) finishes the list!

As always, because I can’t stay away for too long, it seems…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXXVII…Excerpt “For Scotty”…

Today, March 3rd, would have been the birthday of the late “Star Trek” alum, James Doohan (1920-2005), better known as “Scotty”. The science fiction series star was awesome, given that the original show only ran for three seasons but garnished a “cult-like” status that spawned countless movies and sequels, as well as a couple of more successful spinoffs.

His presence, however, was equally prevalent in ALL of the series’ and movies…and that is why he deserves this spot…for giving his all “until she couldna take no more, Cap’n”!

Others borne on this third day of March include; late fashion designer Perry Ellis (1940-1986), “Police Academy” alum Tim Kazurinsky (1950), U.S. Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962), retired footballer Herschel Walker (1962), rapper/actor Tone Loc (1966), former New York Rangers’ captain Brian Leetch (1968), former “Married: With Children” co-star David Faustino (1974) and actress Jessica Biel was born in 1982.

Be back eventually…this is, after all, my calling…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXXVI…Rock Spotlight, Vol. XIV…”Distance Over Time”, Dream Theater…

Having released their fourteenth album this past Friday…and the fact that they are my ALL-TIME favorite group, the band does not disappoint this fan in the slightest with their latest release, “Distance Over Time”!  A true masterpiece that harkens back to their second album, the critically-acclaimed “Images and Words”, I can tell you as a HUGE fan that this is one of my all-time favorites.

Featuring contributions from every member of the band, both musically and lyrically (and the brilliant time-changing nightmares that the band is capable of!!!), this album features some wonderful lyrics and melodies that we’ve come to know and love…that is, me and the countless amounts of confirmed fans of the band!  The anthemic writing styles of the different band members is also what we’ve come to expect; subject matters like current events and love unrequited, overcoming addictions and even spiritual enlightenment riddle this masterpiece and should hopefully garner a lot of mainstream attention.

From James LaBrie’s stunning vocal range to bassist John Myung’s views in written form (and stunning melodies in THAT one, too…), drummer Mike Mangini’s stunning odyssey-continuing track to the aforementioned time-changing John Petrucci brilliance in an eight minute opus near the end, this beautiful piece of Dream Theater history which should easily be considered one of the best of all time!

Until next time, keep rockin’, guys and…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXXV…Love My T’Wolves…and Happy Birthday in Heaven, Flip!!!

Switching from the norm (but I will be posting birthdays…after this announcement), the beginning of this post is all about how, after 30 years of being a die-hard Minnesota Timberwolves’ fan, I finally managed to grab a seat at nearby Madison Square Garden for last night’s Wolves/Knicks game to see “my” team play the game LIVE and very close!  Granted, I wasn’t courtside (because only celebrities can afford THOSE tickets)…but, from the vantage point that we (me and my ex-wife, who was my guest) had, I am not going to complain; as we were in Section 115 on the left-side of the court, I witnessed the game (which the Wolves won, ironically, 115-104) and, for my FIRST BASKETBALL GAME EVER, I am so happy today and will be for a long while!

Wearing my # 32 Karl-Anthony Towns’ jersey, I was a little bummed that I didn’t get to see him on the court (he was in a minor accident in Minnesota and was not allowed to play {for the FIRST time in his career} due to concussion protocol); however, the fact that the team, which included former New York Knick star Derrick Rose lighting up his former team with 20 points, persevered and won the game sets this Wolves’ fan’s heart afire!!!  From tipoff until the final buzzer, I was truly not disappointed with the outing.

Off topic, the thing that really surprised me (given the Knicks terrible state this season), was that I was in “enemy territory”, wearing the opponent’s colors…but I was definitely NOT ALONE!  I saw quite a few people in the stands with all the variations of Wolves’ jerseys (except for the special “Purple Rain” editions and the “Statement” aka highlighter-green one that I own) on the market!!!!

Another surprise was the fact that, given it was in New York, many Knicks fans were cordial to me after the loss of the hometown team…I was even greeted by one on the train ride home who congratulated me on “our” win…but furthered it by thanking the Wolves Nation for possibly cementing the Knicks future Number One draft pick (which, if you follow the sport, goes to the teams with the WORST record)!

Even though the Wolves aren’t exactly at the top of their game, they did this fan proud by continuing their winning (we’ll take 3 in a row, at this point; we play tonight in Milwaukee…) streak with me and my ex-wife in attendance and will (hopefully) keep playing as well to finish the season!!!!


Birthdays today include; late actress Majel Barrett-Roddenberry of “Star Trek” fame (1932-2008), actor Peter Fonda (1940), late blues guitarist Johnny Winter (1944-2014), former football giant Ed “Too Tall” Jones (1951), actress Patricia Richardson (1951), singer Howard Jones (1955) and late Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach Flip Saunders, whose son Ryan is now coaching the team (1955-2015).

Also celebrating are; former baseballer Bobby Bonilla (1963), golfer Steve Stricker (1967), FUBU founder Daymond John (1969), actress Niecy Nash (1970), actor Josh Gad (1981), comedian Aziz Ansari and actress Emily Blunt (both 1983), actress Dakota Fanning (1994) and current ‘Wolves phenom Andrew Wiggins {who had 17 points in last night’s game} was born in 1995.

Thanks for coming and, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON WOLVES \,,,\

# LXIII…aka My 21st on the 21st…UPDATED!

{Originally posted in 2013…}

Every time I sit in front of this computer, my mind decides to go into bipolar mode and tries to keep my time short here, mainly due to the fact that so few people have told me that what I’m doing here is good stuff.

But tonight, I’ve decided to explode people’s brains by expanding what should be a normally short blog (when you see the subjects, you’ll probably agree but this is my hobby and I’m kinda liking it!!!!)  Of course, this is about people whose birthdays I’ve noticed on Wikipedia…and their impact(s) in my life.

The first of the two (and, also, the younger) is someone you’ve heard about if you follow “sports entertainment”, aka wrestling…”The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (also known in the industry as Tyrus!).  Born in 1980, this gentle behemoth stands at 6′ 7″ and just knows how to “get down” (wrestling inside joke).  He’s really been making a name for himself as of late…happy birthday and many more to him!

The second birthday mention is also about a wrestler but this wrestler belongs on this blog…the Southpaw from San Juan, Carly “Carlito” Colon (1979), a second generation superstar who turns 40 years old today.  As a man who’s been in the business since 1999, he deserves all the southpaw kudos he can obtain…because he’s earned them.

Nothing much else noteworthy…I will now return you to your regularly scheduled lives!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

{Author’s Note: Also born on February 21 are; late “Golden Girls” star Rue McClanahan (1934-2010), DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen (1943), former “Cagney & Lacey” star Tyne Daly (1946), the late, very talented actor Alan Rickman (1946-2016*), actor Kelsey Grammer (1955), country diva Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958), Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe (1971), actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979), TNA superstar Crimson (1985), singer/actress Charlotte Church (1986), actress Ellen Page {“X-Men: Days of Future Past”} (1987) and actor Corbin Bleu {“High School Musical”} (1989).}
(* Died January 14, 2016.)

# DXXIV…For My Mom’s Cowboys…

Today, February 9th, is former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and punter Danny White (1952) and the only reason that he is important to me is because of my late mother’s fanaticism of the Dallas Cowboys, where he played from 1976 to 1988. He is currently the color commentator for the Cowboys and has been since 2011.

He also served double duty as their punter, which is kind of weird considering the sport and its’ nuances. I mean, quarterback who stays on the field in Dallas for all four downs…sorry, I am a Saints’ fan (no better, I know) and that tells you a lot about how football has changed since back then…but, at least, he did win a championship (Super Bowl XII) and you can’t take that away from him.

Late singer Ernest Tubb (1914-1984), late baseball star Clete Boyer (1937-2007), singer Carole King (1942), actor/comedian Joe Pesci (1943), actress Mia Farrow (1945), former “Who’s The Boss” star Judith Light (1949) and veteran actor Jim J. Bullock (1955) are just some of the stars who are twins of Mr. White.

Also on the list are; former New York Mets’ star Mookie Wilson (1956), former baseball journeyman John Kruk (1961), country superstar Travis Tritt (1963), sportscaster Ian Eagle (1969) and veteran wrestling diva Shelly Martinez, who wrestled in WWE as Ariel and TNA as Salinas was born in 1980.

Back with more from the left soon…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

`# DXXIII…Groundhog Day Celebration…and Debunking…

It has come to this writer’s attention that a lot of people are delusional when it comes to the traditional “Groundhog Day” festivities.  You know the ones…groundhog comes out of his hole and, if he sees his shadow and goes back in his hole, there will be six more weeks of wintery weather.  However, if he doesn’t see his shadow, there will apparently be a shorter winter.

Please allow me to set the record straight…on the calendar, the distance from February 2 to March 21 is about SIX WEEKS…tells you something, doesn’t it?

It is also the birthday of the following persons; Chicago Bears’ legend George Halas (1895-1983), author Ayn Rand (1905-1982), comedian Tom Smothers of The Smothers Brothers (1937), guitarist/singer Graham Nash (1942) and Lt. Data from the “Star Trek” universe, Brent Spiner, was born in 1949.

Also, on this superstitious date, are the following celebrators; “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane Chapman (1953), former supermodel (and still vivacious) Christie Brinkley (1954), former San Jose Sharks’ phenom goalie Arturs Irbe (1967), Latina sensation Shakira (1977) and current New Jersey Devils’ right wing Jordin Tootoo was born in 1983.

Until next time from the left…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# DXXII…For The Original “Bull”…

Today, in 1943, actor Richard Moll was born in Pasadena, California.  This normally wouldn’t mean anything but the fact is that I enjoyed watching this gigantic actor portraying bailiff Bull Shannon on the hit TV show, “Night Court”.  However, being that his career began in 1967, it was just one of the many big- and small-screen works that the man has been involved in…a laundry list that you can peruse yourself…if you so choose.

Also celebrating this date with him are; fellow comedian/actor Rip Taylor (1934), late TV mogul Brandon Tartikoff (1949-1997), former famed wrestling trainer Bruce Hart (1951), golf superstar Mark O’Meara (1957), former San Jose Sharks’ goalie phenom Kelly Hrudey (1961) and ubiquitous comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also born in 1961.

Country superstar Trace Adkins was born in 1962, actress Penelope Ann Miller (1964), actor Patrick Dempsey was born in 1966, actress Traci Bingham (1968), actress Nicole Eggert (1972), everyone’s favorite elf, Orlando Bloom, was born in 1977 and former career New York Jets’ center Nick Mangold was born in 1984.

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# DXXI…Versatile Actor Known for His Voice…

Today, January 5th, is also the birthday (for those of you celebrating) of veteran actor Clancy Brown (1959), whose face you may recognize if you’re a fan of such great movies as “The Shawshank Redemption” {Captain Byron Hadley}, “Starship Troopers” {Sgt. Charles Zim} and TV’s “The Flash” {great villain General Wade Elling}.  For those of you, however, not old enough to remember those movies, his VOICE has been his calling card; since 1999, the man has been the voice of the iconic cheapskate Mr. Krabs on “SpongeBob SquarePants”!!!!

In addition to holding that role, he has appeared in a myriad of voice-over works, including Lex Luthor (various DC comics cartoons), Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk (in a couple of Marvel cartoons), Dr. Neo Cortex (“Crash Bandicoot” video games) and Hades in the smash video game “God of War III”.  Considering he’s been around the industry since 1983, I figured that, even if you don’t know his face, you should at least know that he’s a twin for today.

More birthday twins include; late actress (and former wife of Ronald Reagan) Jane Wyman (1917-2007), former Vice President Walter Mondale (1928), late dancing icon Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), superstar actor Robert Duvall (1931), talk show magnate Charlie Rose (1942), actress Diane Keaton (1946), former “The Love Boat” bartender Ted Lange (1948), “Dancing With the Stars” judge extraordinaire Carrie Ann Inaba (1968), scary heavy metal icon Marilyn Manson (1969), actor Bradley Cooper (1975) and phenom DJ Deadmau5 (1981).

Happy birthday to all celebrating and, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\