Live Poll: Movie and TV Astronauts: Who has the Right Stuff?

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The first week in May holds a double treat for space enthusiasts. National Astronaut Day is May 5th and International Space Day aka National Space Day is the first Friday in May each year.

Which courageous fictional movie or TV astronaut* best exemplifies having the "right stuff"? *limited to fictional human NASA or other earth space agency characters and a maximum of two options per movie franchise or TV series

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Right stuff | Define Right stuff at Dictionary.com: the necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring (usually preceded by the).

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funny...the very first name i thought of was major anthony nelson from 'i dream of jeannie', who you actually have on your list (too cool)...

but...if i had to give a 'proper' answer, it would be either eleanor arroway (jodie foster) in 'contact' or tanya kirbuk (helen mirren) in '2010'...
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FYC: maybe it could be an interesting idea to include Jim Preston from Passengers (2016).
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Good suggestion, I thought of him too initially.

But, there are hundred of astronauts characters between movies and TV. I had to place some restrictions and scale back the scope to focus on what most people think when they hear the term. Just going into space wasn't enough. So, I have restricted to crew members only and must be employed by a quasi-governmental space agency. No passengers, stowaways, or accidental astronauts. Although, I think I might need to open it up private corporation crew members since that seems to be the future, Space X, Weyland Corp. East Texas, etc. I also initially had (excludes passengers) specifically in my asterisk parameters; but removed it because I thought it was repetitive. I also wanted to include some early 40s and 50s sci-fi classics too but spots seem to be at a premium. Thanks, any feedback of how strict or liberal I should be on the list is appreciated, as well as, any seemingly obvious omissions

 *limited to fictional human NASA or other earth space agency characters and a maximum of two options per movie franchise or TV series (excludes passengers)
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Better title: "Who had the Right Stuff?"

If you went with the image poll you could combine multiple characters from individual titles and have more room  to add other options. For example, you could have ALL the Space Cowboys in one option.

FYC:
The Robinsons from Lost in Space
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Thanks, both are good suggestions.

I especially like the title. I know the right stuff isn't unique to astronauts, but that group because of the book and movie, first comes to mind when I hear the term.

I kinda covered the crew aspect already in a  Best Spaceship Crew Team Chemistry poll for last year's National Astronaut Day. I even had The Robinsons from Lost in Space as an option, albeit I used the movie crew picture over the TV  crew picture.
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Congrats!

You must be the other person who has already voted, lol. I saw each new poll has two votes. : )
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Where is Scott Glenn, who had the original Right Stuff?
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Scott Glenn is doubly disqualified for inclusion in this poll Best Fictional Movie or TV Astronaut. He plays real life astronaut Alan Shepard (1923 -1998) in the true story biopic The Right Stuff (1983). The question twice mentions that the role and story need to be fictional to qualify.

Which courageous fictional movie or TV astronaut* best exemplifies having the "right stuff"? *limited to fictional human NASA or other earth space agency characters

However, I do agree that Scott Glen and his portrayal had the "right stuff". He has demonstrated that time and time again, in role after role, over his long career.
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    Mark Watney The Martian (2015), Matt Damon


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    Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory (2007), Simon Helberg


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    Dr. Ryan Stone Gravity (2013), Sandra Bullock


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    John Crichton Farscape (1999), Ben Browder


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    Dr. Dave Bowman 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Keir Dullea


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    Steve Austin The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Lee Majors


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    Brand Interstellar (2014), Anne Hathaway


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    Major Anthony Nelson I Dream of Jeannie (1965), Larry Hagman


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    Matt Kowalski Gravity (2013), George Clooney


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    Maurice J. Minnifield Northern Exposure (1990), Barry Corbin


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    Cooper Interstellar (2014), Matthew McConaughey


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    Admiral Al Calavicci Quantum Leap (1989), Dean Stockwell


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    Eleanor Arroway Jodie Foster and Jena Malone portray the adult and younger versions of Eleanor Arroway in Contact


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    Harry S. Stamper Armageddon (1998), Bruce Willis


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    Buck Rogers Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Gil Gerard


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    David Jordan Life (2017), Jake Gyllenhaal


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    Mike Miller The Last Man on Earth (2015), Jason Sudeikis


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    George Taylor Planet of the Apes (1968), Charlton Heston


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    Molly Woods Extant (2014), Halle Berry


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    Hawk Hawkins Tommy Lee Jones and Eli Craig portray the adult and younger versions of Hawk Hawkins in Space Cowboys


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    Frank Corvin Clint Eastwood and Toby Stephens portray the adult and younger versions of Frank Corvin in Space Cowboys


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    A.J. Frost Armageddon (1998), Ben Affleck


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    Spurgeon Tanner Deep Impact (1998), Robert Duvall


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    Charles Farmer The Astronaut Farmer (2006), Billy Bob Thornton


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    Tanya Kirbuk 2010 (1984), Helen Mirren


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The first week in May holds a double treat for space enthusiasts. National Astronaut Day is May 5th and International Space Day aka National Space Day is the first Friday in May each year. It would be perfect timing for a recast Live Poll: Best Fictional Movie or TV Astronaut
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Urb,

Coincidentally, the first Friday in May 2018 is May 4th, Star Wars Day. 
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April 29 2018

Live Poll: Best Fictional Movie or TV Astronaut
The first week in May holds a double treat for space enthusiasts
Posted May 5 2017
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The Reluctant Astronaut  (1967)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062190/reference
Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator
who is deathly afraid of heights.
After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program,
Roy reluctantly heads for Houston,
only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut
When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space
to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft,
Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.

Don Knotts   ...  Roy Fleming 
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I chose Larry Hagman in I Dream of Jeannie!
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