On This Day

October 1974 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Christian Borle, American actor (play Peter and the Starcatcher), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 2 Simon Gregson [Simon Gregory], British actor (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 2 Michelle Krusiec, American actress
  • Oct 3 Mike Johnson, Canadian hockey right wing and broadcaster (Toronto Maple Leafs; NHL Network, TSN), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 4 Claudia Elena Vasquez, Miss Universe-best costume (Colombia, 1997)
  • Oct 4 Paco León, Spanish actor
  • Oct 5 Douglas Emerson, American actor (Robbie-Herbie the Love Bug), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 6 Jeremy Sisto, American actor
  • Oct 7 Alexander Polinsky, American actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 7 Allison Munn, American actress, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Oct 8 DJ Q-Ball [Harry Dean, Jr.], American musician and actor (Bloodhound Gang), born in Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 9 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor (Shortland Street), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 10 Naike Rivelli, German model and daughter of Ornella Muti, born in Munich, Germany
  • Oct 10 Assi Cohen, Israeli comedian and actor, born in Ashdod, Israel
  • Oct 10 Dale Earnhardt Jr., American auto racer, team owner and broadcaster (Daytona 500 2004, 14; Busch Series 1998-99), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • Oct 12 Marie Wilson [Flevaras], Canadian actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital), born in Athens, Greece
  • Oct 13 Hawick Lau, Hong Kong Chinese actor (Sealed with a Kiss) and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 16 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter and songwriter, born in Kalkara, Malta
  • Oct 17 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • Oct 18 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • Oct 19 Joy Bryant, American actress (Parenthood, Antwone Fisher), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 23 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California

Person of interestJoaquin Phoenix

Oct 28 Joaquin Phoenix, American actor (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 10 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV


Person of interestOskar Schindler

Oct 9 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler

Person of interestEd Sullivan

Oct 13 Ed Sullivan, American television host (The Ed Sullivan Show), dies of esophageal cancer at 73

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan