Sunday, July 21, 2019


When it comes to the Apollo 11 crew in the greater TV Universe, only Buzz Aldrin qualified as an inductee into the Television Crossover Hall Of Fame by being a member of the League of Themselves.  He also qualified for his Tooniversion from the Tooniverse.  But all three men are multi-dimensionals, having been portrayed at least three times in three different TV movie or TV mini-series dimensions.  (Once again, Aldrin has the advantage there.)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing and the first steps on the moon, Toobworld Central is inducting the fictional Apollo 11 crew as played by other actors.

From Wikipedia:

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours 39 minutes later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours 31 minutes on the lunar surface at a site they named Tranquility Base before lifting off to rejoin Columbia in lunar orbit.

 Sorry for the rerun.

Might as well take these in alphabetical order for the productions.

For some unnamed TV Movie dimension:
APOLLO 11 (1996)

To be found in a TV Mini-series dimension:

And then another TV Movie dimension:

That last one was to mark the fortieth anniversary of the historic voyage.

So here are the crew members as depicted in multiple dimensions:


From Wikipedia:
He made his first spaceflight as command pilot of Gemini 8 in March 1966, becoming NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. During this mission with pilot David Scott, he performed the first docking of two spacecraft; the mission was aborted after Armstrong used some of his re-entry control fuel to stabilize a dangerous roll caused by a stuck thruster. During training for Armstrong's second and last spaceflight as commander of Apollo 11, he had to eject from the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle moments before a crash.  

 Tony Goldwyn

‘From The Earth To The Moon’
(Two episodes)
(He performs first docking in space as commander of Gemini 8 in episode 1, and is the first man to set foot on the Moon with Apollo 11 in episode 6, "Mare Tranquillitatis".)

Jeffrey Nordling
“Apollo 11”

Daniel Lapaine


From Wikipedia:
His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10, in which he and Command Pilot John Young performed orbital rendezvous with two different spacecraft and undertook two extravehicular activities (EVAs, also known as spacewalks). His second spaceflight was as the command module pilot for Apollo 11. While he stayed in orbit around the Moon (30 orbits), Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left in the Apollo Lunar Module to make the first crewed landing on its surface.  

Carey Elwes
(Two episodes)
‘From The Earth To The Moon’
(Gemini veteran and Command Module pilot on Apollo 11, episode 6, also CAPCOM during Apollo 8 in episode 4.)

Jim Metzler
“Apollo 11”

Andrew Lincoln

And finally……


From Wikipedia:
[He was] the first astronaut with a doctoral degree. His doctoral thesis was “Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous”, earning him the nickname "Dr. Rendezvous" from fellow astronauts. His first space flight was in 1966 on Gemini 12 during which he spent over five hours on extravehicular activity. Three years later, Aldrin set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), nineteen minutes after Armstrong first touched the surface, while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit.

Bryan Cranston

(Two episodes)
‘From Earth To The Moon’
He performs EVA during Gemini 12 in episode 1, seen as Lunar Module pilot of Apollo 11 in episode 6.

Xander Berkeley
“Apollo 11”

James Marsters


Cliff Robertson
“Return To Earth”

From Wikipedia:
“Return to Earth” is a 1976 American biopic TV movie that originally aired on May 14, 1976 on ABC. The film stars Cliff Robertson as astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Shirley Knight as Joan Aldrin. Based upon Aldrin's 1973 book of the same name, the film dramatizes the emotional difficulties of Aldrin's life following his 1969 trip to the Moon on Apollo 11.  

Buzz and Cliff
Years later

Just because the 50th anniversary is now upon us, I doubt that means we’ve seen the last of dramatizations of this historic event.  Give it ten years and we’ll see some niche network produce their own movie and/or min-series wth all new televersions of Neil, Buzz, and Michael.


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