On This Day

October 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • Oct 4 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • Oct 4 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film Premier

Oct 7 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • Oct 13 WTZH TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (CBS) suspends broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Song Il Gook, Korean actor
  • Oct 1 Gigi Lai, Hong Kong actress and business woman, born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 6 Lola DueƱas, Spanish actress
  • Oct 11 Natalie Jay, English actress (Baywatch), born in Hendon, London
  • Oct 12 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer, born in Donam-dong, Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 1971)

Sacha Baron Cohen

Oct 13 Sacha Baron Cohen, British comedian and actor (Ali G, Borat), born in London, England

  • Oct 13 Billy Bush, American radio and TV host, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 24 Dervla Kirwan, Irish TV and stage actress, born in Churchtown, Dublin
  • Oct 25 Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress (A Chinese Odyssey), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 26 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois

Winona Ryder

Oct 29 Winona Ryder, American actress (Heathers, Edward Scissorhands), born in Winona, Minnesota


Weddings in Film & TV

Lorne Michaels

Oct 5 Television producer Lorne Michaels (26) weds comedy writer Rosie Shuster (21)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 4 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Oct 11 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • Oct 21 Raymond Hatton, American actor (Girls in Prison, Lady Killer), dies of heart attack at 84
  • Oct 25 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo; Little Rascal), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), dies at 71