On This Day in Film & TV for February 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1938 World's first science fiction TV programme - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
  • 1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • 1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • 1975 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • 1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC

Music releaseMusic Recording

1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1993 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1994 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
  • 1998 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2007 60th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director
  • 2010 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2014 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2016 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1903 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), born in Central City, West Virginia (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Anita Garvin, American actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • 1919 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1925 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), born in Tularosa, New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Tina Louise, American actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBurt Reynolds

1936 Burt Reynolds, American actor (Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2018)

  • 1938 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1947 Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress
  • 1948 Sue Bernard, playmate (Dec, 1966), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Johanna E "Joke" Beerens, actress (Schipper Next to God)
  • 1953 Philip Anglim, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1954 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • 1956 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1958 Michael Jackson, controller (BBC2)
  • 1961 Carey Lowell, American actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Scott Kolden, actor (Scott-Me & the Champ), born in Torrance, California
  • 1966 Stephen Gregory, American actor (Chase-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Mo Willems, American author and screenwriter

Person of interestJennifer Aniston

1969 Jennifer Aniston, American actress (Rachel-Friends), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1969 Mary Stoker Smith, Miss Wisconsin and TV news reporter, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Shannon Long, Australian actor and model (Oct, 1988), born in Gladstone, Australia
  • 1971 Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Miss America-Vt (1996), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1971 Damian Lewis, British actor, born in St John's Wood, London
  • 1973 Jeon Do-yeon, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1975 Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)
  • 1976 Brice Beckham, US actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1976 André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor, born in Sipoo, Finland
  • 1977 Veronica Marie Duka, Miss America (Ky-Top 10-1997), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • 1980 Matthew Lawrence, US actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break), born in Albington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Natasha Bobo, US actress (Sally in Together We Stand), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1983 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983 Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1990 Q'orianka Kilcher, US actress and activist (The New World), born in Schweigmatt, Germany
  • 1992 Taylor Lautner, US actor, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1992 Blair Dunlop, English actor, born in Chesterfield, United Kingdom
  • 1994 Dominic Janes, US actor, born in Tucson, Arizona

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 2006 Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico
  • 2017 Actor Bug Hall (32) weds Jill Marie DeGroff in Encino, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 867 Theodora, the Saint, beauty queen/empress of Byzantine, dies
  • 1961 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • 1968 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 1969 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • 1974 Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
  • 1976 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • 1976 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • 1976 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1982 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1982 Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 1982 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • 1985 Henry Hathaway, actor and director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • 1989 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • 1992 Raymond "Ray" Danton, American actor and director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), dies at 60
  • 1993 Joy Garrett, actress (Days of Our Lives), dies of liver failure
  • 1994 Sorrell Brooke, American actor (Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 64
  • 1994 William Conrad [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1994 Sorrell Booke, American actor (Boss Hogg in Dukes of Hazard), dies of colorectal cancer at 64
  • 1996 Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • 1997 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • 2002 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79

Person of interestWhitney Houston

2012 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

  • 2015 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), dies after a car crash at 73
  • 2018 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89