Daily Archives: August 17, 2023

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Harrison Ford Species!

Harrison Ford may have no Oscars to his credit, but he has quite a menagerie of namesakes! A species of ant (Pheidole harrisonfordi) and a species of spider (Calponia harrisonfordi) are named for him.

Moviegoers will remember, however, that as Indiana Jones, Ford famously declared: “I Hate Snakes“. Now, he’s got a species of snake named for him too: “Tachymenoides harrisonfordi“! Read on!

Robert De Niro: Happy 80th!

Eighty years ago on this date, actor Robert De Niro was born in Manhattan. The recipient of two Oscars, a Golden Globe, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and Kennedy Center Honors, De Niro has given us an enormously important filmography. His legendary collaborations with Martin Scorsese include such films as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” (for which he received a Best Actor Oscar), “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear,” and “The Irishman“. Add to that his Best Supporting Actor-winning role as the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II“, his portrait of Al Capone in “The Untouchables“, and his forays into comedy, and you’d still come up short in recognizing his gifts.

Among these is his enduring gift to the city of New York—not counting his iconic “You talkin’ to me?“, a Top Ten AFI Quotable Movie Line: the Tribeca Film Festival, which he cofounded in 2002.

His body of work remains a cinematic treasure.