On This Day

October 2002 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 24 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Oct 27 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • Oct 30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Oct 5 "Angel" actress Charisma Carpenter (32) weds Damian Hardy

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 15 Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 4 AndrĂ© Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 4 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 13 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), dies in a house fire at 84
  • Oct 18 Kam Fong Chun, American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 23 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 93
  • Oct 24 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • Oct 29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • Oct 30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Oct 31 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (A View From the Bridge), dies at 86