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  • An island country and continent in the southern hemisphere, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations; pop. 19,900,000; capital, Canberra; official language, English
  • a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
  • (australian) of or relating to or characteristic of Australia or its inhabitants or its languages; "Australian deserts"; "Australian aborigines"
  • the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
  • directly: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
  • With no one or nothing in between
  • By a straight route or without breaking a journey
  • command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
  • direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
  • An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something
  • (toy) dally: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"
  • (toy) plaything: an artifact designed to be played with
  • (toy) a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier); "a toy stove"
  • An object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult
  • A person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness

IN MEMORY YET GREEN - "It Is Better To Reign In Hell Than To Serve In Heaven" Ricardo Montalbán 1920 - 2009
IN MEMORY YET GREEN - "It Is Better To Reign In Hell Than To Serve In Heaven"  Ricardo Montalbán 1920 - 2009
(BEST SEEN INFAMOUSLY LARGE... "STAND ASIDE, I TAKE LARGE STEPS!") “To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee” (Captain Ahab. Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville/ Also quoted by Khan Noonien Singh. in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan) Actor Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino (born Mexico City, November 25, 1920) died on January 14th, 2009. His seventy year career in both the United States of America and Mexico spanned radio, television, movies, and theatre. A champion of U.S/Mexican friendship and active in the cause of raising the profile of latino actors. Montalban often, during his early career in Hollywood at least, played Asian, Arab and Native American characters, as well as "Latin Lovers", particularly in musicals, where he also showcased his talents as a song and dance man. (Khan Singh? Yes. He. Can! The Powers That Be wanted him to change his name to "Ricky Martin"....a bullet he fortunately dodged!) To science fiction and fantasy fans he was famous for his roles as Star Trek's villainous Khan Noonien Singh and Fantasy Island's Mr Roarke. Montalban played the 20th Century genetically engineered 'superman', Khan, twice, in the 1967 episode of classic Trek, "Space Seed" (written by Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber, based on a story by Carey Wilber, and directed by Marc Daniels) and fifteen years later in the second Star Trek movie, "The Wrath Of Khan". (Written by Nicholas Meyer and Jack B. Sowards, Directed by Nicholas Meyer) He was Mr Roarke in the Fantasy Island television series from 1977 to 1984. Ironically, Montalban was replaced in the revival of Fantasy Island by Malcom McDowell, the actor whose character in the film Star Trek: Generations WOULD infamously succeed where Khan failed in bringing about the death of Captain James T. Kirk. Genre buffs may also recall that Montalban played the circus owner in Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) and Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972). Other movies he acted in included The Saracen Blade, Across The Wide Missouri, The Queen of Babylon, Sayonara, Madame X, The Singing Nun, Fiesta, Santa, La Fuga, The Naked Gun, The Kissing Bandit, Cannonball Run II and of course the Spy Kids series. It was during the filming of the 1951 Western, Across The Wide Missouri that Montalban was reportedly injured in a riding accident, which left him with back and leg pain that would trouble him for the rest of his life, ultimately resulting in him becoming wheelchair bound after an operation in 1993. His disability does not seem to have slowed his career much, as he was still playing an action hero grandfather in a rocket assisted wheelchair in the 21st Century's Spy Kids series! Apart from a notable roles in The Colbys and Dynasty he also appeared in person or as a voice actor on television in genre shows like Wonder Woman, Kim Possible, Heaven Help Us, Mission Impossible, Freakazoid!, The Man From Uncle, Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command and Dora The Explorer. One of his final roles was playing a genetically Engineered cow in an episode of Family Guy, where he satirised his Khan character. I first saw Montalban in The Saracen Blade, and kept spotting him in both movies and television, finally catching up with his Khan role in Star Trek sometime in the 1970s. It became a favourite episode and I was quite chuffed when the actor reprised his role in the second Star Trek movie. Although I was very much impressed by the first Star trek film's mix of upbeat futurism and spectacular special effects I also welcomed the more traditional space opera approach of the second film in the long running series and thought that Khan was a terrific villain, so effectively played by Montalban exploiting his commanding voice and physical presence (still serious buff in his sixties...and apparently into his seventies as well!). I saw both films far more times than I did Star Wars, and those first two movies helped consolidate what I expect will be a lifelong love of Star Trek. Happily, Star Trek was also instrumental in helping to give me an enduring interest in general literature, supplementing my passion for science fiction and fantasy. Captain Kirk was always quoting this or that book, which, with the help of Bjos Trimble's Star Trek Concordance I would then dutifully track down and devour. (Trivia note: Ironically, I would later go on to contribute Khan related illustrations, amongst other artwork, to a later edition of the Concordance.) The Wrath Of Khan, famously, contains a shuttlecraft full of references, from the copy of A Tale of Two Cities that Spock gives as a birthday gift to Kirk, to the ramshackle bookshelf of titles that Chekov discovered in the cargo containers that Khan and his followers made as their home when marooned on the doomed Ceti Alpha V. (Incidentally, Khan's original spaceship was the S.S Botany Bay, a name guaranteed
John McCallum
John McCallum
Renaissance man of entertainment John McCallum, 1918-2010. Few people have been as active in the hurly-burly of show business as John McCallum, who worked on several continents and over seven decades. The public knew him as an actor but there was much more besides to account for his 1971 CBE, and being made an officer in the Order of Australia in 1992. John Neil McCallum was born on March 14, 1918, in Brisbane, one of three sons to the theatre owner John McCallum and his wife, Lilian Dyson. He remained closer to his father after his parents' marriage ended but attributed to his English mother his flair for drama and the fact that he was sent to school in England. She felt that if he was going to be an actor he had better acquire an English accent, as Australian roles were limited. Her advice proved good, and he lived to see the benefits of his own work in helping to remedy the lack of opportunity for Australian actors. After being educated in Australia and England before World War II, McCallum trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and acted in repertory theatres in England. He served in the Australian Imperial Force from 1941 to 1945. After the war he landed roles in two documentaries - Joe Comes Back and South West Pacific (1946), essentially propaganda films - and in the romantic melodrama A Son Is Born (1946) as a middle-aged man. He also co-starred with the musical-comedy diva Gladys Moncrieff in such hits as The Maid of the Mountains and Rio Rita; later, he recalled her as ''splendidly vulgar, loud and cheerful''. His film career took off when, inspired by the success of his former Stratford chum Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter (1945), he returned to England. Tall, handsome and vigorous, he quickly found work. In his first two films, major actresses of the day fell into his arms at the end, having struck some feminist blows first. In The Root of All Evil (1947) it was Phyllis Calvert who succumbed to his manly presence; in The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) it was Googie Withers, playing a lady farmer not about to be told what to do by a mere man, even as she agreed to throw in her lot with him at film's close. Something similar happened in real life: McCallum and Withers married in London in January 1948 and stayed married for 62 years, a partnership as remarkable for its mutuality as for the independence of each member. They made a further half-dozen more films together in England, including the brilliant thriller of working-class life, It Always Rains on Sunday (1948), and the popular mermaid comedy Miranda (1948). McCallum played Australians in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) and Melba (1953) but the couple became aware that British cinema was entering the doldrums in the mid-1950s and, after their last film together, the inferior Port of Escape (1956), they decided to move to Australia. They had toured Australia the previous year in contrasting successes: the comedy Simon and Laura, as idealised television stars whose home life is less idyllic, and The Deep Blue Sea, a moving drama about a woman trying to hang on to an unreliable lover. They gave a lift to Australian theatre in that and ensuing decades. Withers liked the idea of living in Australia, and McCallum was later asked to join J.C. Williamson's theatrical firm as the managing director of its operating company. He stayed for eight years, during which his first assignment was to cast and prepare the Melbourne production of My Fair Lady. Perhaps the crowning glory of this managerial role was the return of Joan Sutherland for an unforgettable opera season in 1965. It ended with an ovation lasting nearly an hour and the star singing Home, Sweet Home. While Withers continued acting, McCallum was busy in film and television. He lured the maverick British director Michael Powell to Australia to film Nino Culotta's They're a Weird Mob (1966) for JCW; it was a runaway success in Australia. Then, with Lee Robinson, he set up Fauna Productions and launched the Skippy phenomenon, which ran to more than 90 episodes and a spin-off feature. He was involved in other popular Australian TV series, including Boney in the 1970s, acting in some episodes; he directed, produced and wrote the mining-boom film Nickel Queen (1971), starring Withers as a Kalgoorlie pub owner; and, for his own company, produced the troubled Attack Force Z (1982), with the future stars Sam Neill and Mel Gibson. More recently the couple continued to star in Australia and England in notable productions of Wilde (An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere's Fan). As well as leading busy professional lives, they had three children and seemed the very model of a show-business couple; McCallum, a year younger, described himself as ''Googie's toy boy''. Perhaps their greatest triumph was in the way they complemented each other, as is clear in McCallum's engaging memoir titled Life with Googie (1979). John McCallum is survived by Googie and their children, the actor

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