October 19 in Sci-Fi History: In praise of John Lithgow

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Oct 19, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

Let’s celebrate a few Jo(h)ns on this day in Sci-Fi History, shall we? In chronological order, we’ll start with John Lithgow, who was born on this day in 1945.

Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York, and has two Tony Awards, four Drama Desks, six Emmys, two Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild awards. He’s been nominated for Academy Awards twice, and remains a bona fide American national treasure.

Actually, Lithgow's played a lot of sci-fi roles, and is surprisingly great in things like Interstellar, Rise of Planet of the Apes, Dexter, and the underrated Harry and the Hendersons. And he is deeply unhinged as the villain in Santa Claus.

If you were wondering where to send your birthday wishes today, direct them to John Lithgow here.

If you see Jon Favreau, you can also wish him a happy birthday.

Favreau plays Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is also an executive producer on many of those movies, and the director of Iron Man, which kicked off that whole MCU thing, as well as Iron Man 2. Favreau also executive-produced Cowboys & Aliens, and honestly, a whole bunch of other stuff too. He’s had a couple of big breaks, but let’s be honest, he made Elf. And what more do you need?

Also, on this day in Sci-Fi History, Meteor premiered in 1979. It starred Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. It had Karl Malden. And again, wow, movie trailers in the '70s and '80s were really something.

Tomorrow: It's a Lord of the Rings two-fer.