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James Lovell

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Commander from the famous Apollo 13 space objective and the initial person to soar towards the moon twice without creating a getting. He was a Congressional Space Medal of Honor receiver. He loved to develop model rockets being a youngster and demonstrated an early on fascination with rocketry. He was the very first person to soar into space four moments and spent a grand total of 29 times, 19 hours, and three minutes above the planet earth. He wedded Marilyn Gerlach in 1952 and got four kids. He was portrayed by Tom Hanks within the film Apollo 13.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jim Lovell
Date Of Birth March 25, 1928
Place Of Birth Cleveland, OH
Height 1.8 m
Profession Astronaut
Education United States Naval Academy, University of Southern California, MacDowell Montessori School, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nationality American
Spouse Marilyn Lovell
Children Jeffrey Gerlach, Barbara Gerlach, Susan Gerlach, James Gerlach
Parents Blanche Lovell, James Arthur Lovell
Awards Hubbard Medal
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Movies Apollo 13
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 1993.
2 One of the most experienced NASA astronauts from the Apollo era having flown two Genmini flights and two Apollo flights.
3 Flew with Frank Borman on Gemini 7 setting a duration record and rendezvousing with Gemini 6.
4 Flew with Buzz Aldrin as commander on Gemini 12 rendezvousing with an Agena target vehicle and conducting a two hour EVA (Aldrin) to prove that man could work in space.
5 On Apollo 8 he again flew with Frank Borman and Bill Anders becoming the first men to leave earth orbit and circle the moon. They made a memorable Christmas Eve television broadcast showing the lunar surface and reading from the first chapter of Genesis.
6 Commanded the ill-fated Apollo 13 with Jack" Swigert and Fred W. Haise re-energizing the world's interest in the Apollo program while trying to survive in their lifeboat Aquarius.
7 During the Apollo 8 mission, Lovell and the other crew members did a Christmas Eve broadcast in which they read some passages from the Bible and wished everyone on Earth a Merry Christmas. The following day, Lovell jokingly told Mission Control that he had seen Santa Claus.
8 Retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain. He stressed this when given the cameo role in "Apollo 13".
9 Currently lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, an affluent suburb of Chicago. His family operates an upscale restaurant in Lake Forest, called Lovell's; his son, Jay, is the head chef.
10 Has a major street named in his honor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11 One of only three men to have visited the Moon twice - though Lovell is the only one of the three never to walk on it. The others are John Young and Eugene Cernan.
12 Was turned down for selection to become one of the original seven Mercury astronauts in 1959. He subsequently succeeded in becoming one of the nine new astronauts (aka "The Gemini Nine" or "The New Nine") selected for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo programs in September of 1962.
13 At the conclusion of the Gemini program, in November of 1966, he had spent a total of eighteen days in outer space (fourteen days as the co-pilot of Gemini VII, and four days as the Command Pilot of Gemini XII). That gave him the record of more time in space than any other American astronaut, or Russian cosmonaut. With the added time of his subsequent Apollo missions, it was a recond he held until May of 1973.
14 United States Naval Officer who began his career in May 1946 after enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1948, after two years of inactive reserve duty, was discharged from enlisted status to receive appointment to the Naval Academy. Graduated in June 1952 to receive commission as an Ensign, USN, under the service number 507205. Served as a Naval Aviator, Experimental Test Pilot, and later Command Astronaut until February 1973. Retired February 29, 1973 in the grade of Captain, United States Navy.
15 Appointed as Midshipman, United States Naval Academy, on July 3, 1948 by recommendation from Congressman John Brophy of Wisconsin
16 10 grandchildren
17 Children: Barbara L (b. 13 Oct 1953), James A, Jr. (b. 15 Feb 1955), Susan K (b. 14 Jul 1958), Jeffrey (b. 14 Jan 1966)
18 US astronaut on Gemini 7 and 12, and Apollo 8 (first to go around the moon) and 13 (aborted due to explosion but returned safely).
19 Born at 2:10am-EST


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On Story 2012 TV Series
Apollo 13 1995 Captain of USS Iwo Jima (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Belleau Wood 2010 Short
Apollo 13 1995 book "Lost Moon"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Experience 2005 TV Series documentary footage and photos courtesy of - 1 episode
Apollo 13 1995 technical consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apollo 13: Twenty Years Later 2015 Short special thanks
Modern Marvels 2001 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fight for Space 2016 Documentary Himself - Astronaut
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
The Last Man on the Moon 2014 Documentary
Fox News 2012 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Himself
The Apollo Years 2009 Video Himself
Discovering Deerpath 2009 Documentary Himself
The Third Foot (An Interview with Buzz Aldrin) 2009 Video documentary Himself
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions 2008-2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Apollo 13 / Himself - Apollo 8 / ...
NASA: Triumph and Tragedy 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Apollo 13 / Himself - Apollo 8
1968 with Tom Brokaw 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Situation Critical 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
One O'Clock News 2007 TV Series Himself - Apollo 13 Commander
In the Shadow of the Moon 2007 Documentary Himself (as James Lovell)
Pritzker Military Library Presents 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo 13: The Inside Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Commander of Apollo 13
American Experience 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Apollo 8 Astronaut
Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond 2005 Video documentary Himself - Captain, NASA Astronaut (as James A. Lovell Jr.)
Project Gemini: A Bridge to the Moon 2003 Video documentary Himself
Failure Is Not an Option 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Astronaut
Charlie Rose 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks 2002 TV Special Himself
Modern Marvels 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Apollo 13 Commander
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Himself
LateLine 1998 TV Series Himself
The Unexplained 1998 TV Series Himself
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary Himself - Apollo 13 Commander
American Dreamers 1996 TV Movie Himself
Apollo 13: For the Record 1995 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995 TV Series Himself
Network First 1994 TV Series documentary Himself - Pilot, Apollo 8 / Commander, Apollo 13
Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself (as James Lovell)
Moon Shot 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Astronaut Candidate / Astronaut
For All Mankind 1989 Documentary Narrator - Apollo 8, Apollo 13 (voice, as James A. Lovell Jr.)
Spaceflight 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Himself (Commander of Apollo 13) (as Captain James Lovell)
ABC's Wide World of Sports 1974 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970 TV Series Himself
Panorama 1960 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - US Astronaut (as James Lovell, Jr.)
The Saturn V Story 2014 Documentary
Mysteries at the Museum 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo Zero 2009 Documentary Himself - Gemini 7 Pilot, Gemini 12 CDR / Apollo 8 CMP, Apollo 13 CDR
40 Years on the Moon 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 (as James Lovell)
Moon Machines 2008 TV Series documentary Himselfl / Himself
Secrets of the Moon Landings 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
What Happened on the Moon? - An Investigation Into Apollo 2000 Video documentary Himself - Apollo 13 Astronaut (uncredited)
Was It Only a Paper Moon? 1997 Documentary Himself - Apollo 13 Astronaut (uncredited)
Great Mysteries and Myths of the Twentieth Century 1996 TV Series documentary Himself (Episode: Apollo 13)
Houston, We've Got a Problem 1994 Documentary short Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Apollo 13 (1995) · Ron Howard (director)
· William Broyles Jr. (screenplay)
· Al Reinert (screenplay)
· Jeffrey Kluger (based on the book)


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#Quote
1 Houston, we've had a problem here.
2 The Moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it. [Christmas Day, 1968]


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