Happy birthday to Peter Cushing (1913-1994). Though I first encountered him as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars, that is in many ways the least of his great performances; he was also known for playing Baron Frankenstein and Van Helsing in a number of horror flicks from Hammer Studios. He also played Dr. Who in two movies (the continuity of those two did not match the series) and Abner Perry in the eminently hateable 1976 movie of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At The Earth’s Core. He is by far my favorite Van Helsing of all time.
Image from Wikipedia.