On This Day

October 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 1 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

  • Oct 5 KPLM (now KESQ) TV channel 42 in Palm Springs, CA (ABC) begins
  • Oct 9 WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 17 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • Oct 26 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Jay Underwood, American actor (The Boy Who Could Fly), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 11 Jane Krakowski, American actress (30 Rock), born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey
  • Oct 12 Adam Rich, American actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestHugh Jackman

Oct 12 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-Men -"Wolverine"; The Greatest Showman; Kate And Leopold), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Oct 13 Tisha Campbell, American actress (Gina-Martin, House Party), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 16 Randall Batinkoff, American actor (For Keeps), born in Monticello, New York
  • Oct 16 Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • Oct 18 Rhod Gilbert, Welsh comedian (Never Mind the Buzzcocks), born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • Oct 22 Jay Johnston, American actor and comedian (Mr. Show)
  • Oct 25 Lisa Trusel, American actress (Lizette-Father Murphy, Days of our Lives), born in Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • Oct 29 Grayson McCouch, American actor (Morgan Winthrop-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 30 Jack Plotnick, American film and TV actor (Gods and Monsters), born in Worthington, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 "The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 10 Wilhelmina Johanna "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), dies at 71
  • Oct 13 Bea Benaderet, actress (Petticoat Junction), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Oct 15 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • Oct 18 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • Oct 20 Bud Flanagan [Chaim Reuben Weintrop], English comedian (duo with Chesney Alley), dies at 72
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Pert Kelton, actress (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 61
  • Oct 30 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos], Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), is murdered at 69