On This Day in Film & TV for February 12

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1914 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1955 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1968 25th Golden Globes: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win

  • 1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose
  • 2000 31st NAACP Image Awards: "The Best Man" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2005 58th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
  • 2009 40th NAACP Image Awards: "The Secret Life of Bees" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2012 65th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), born in Léka, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1891 Max Terhune, American actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1897 Vola Vale [Smith], American actress, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1902 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1905 Harry Bellaver, American actor (Another World, Naked City), born in Hillsboro, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1908 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Ernest Clark, British actor (Ghandi, The Dam Busters, Doctor in the House), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), born in Plainfield, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1920 Pran Krishan Sikand, Indian actor often cast as the villain in Hindi cinema (Khandaan, Be-Imaan), born in New Delhi (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Lincoln Kilpatrick, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1934 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress
  • 1935 Gene McDaniels, US vocalist, bandleader and actor (Young Swingers)
  • 1936 Joe Don Baker, American actor (Eischied, Walking Tall, Fletch), born in Groesback, Texas
  • 1936 Paul Shenar, American actor (Carrington-Roots), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1939 John D Hancock, American actor and director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1940 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Cliff De Young, actor (F/X, Hunger, Shock Treatment), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Maud Adams, Lulea Sweden, actress (Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo)
  • 1946 Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1950 Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (Starship Troopers), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1952 Salvador Pineda, Mexican actor, born in Huetamo, Mexico
  • 1952 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), born in Ely, Cambridgeshire (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1953 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • 1954 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1955 Arsenio Hall, US comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958 Ruth Guerri, US-Italian nude model (July, 1983), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1959 Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (Amelia Lawson-Guns of Paradise), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1964 Raphael Sbarge, US actor (Risky Business, My Science Project, Werewolf), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Josh Brolin, US actor (Johnny-Private Eye, Jimmy Hickok-Young Riders), born in Santa Monica, Canada
  • 1968 Gregory Charles, French-Canadian performing artist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1972 Andrew Cassesse, US actor (Revenge of Nerds II, TV 101), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Latrice Royale [Timothy Wilcots], American drag queen and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Compton, California
  • 1973 Tara Strong, Canadian-American voice actress (Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1976 Christopher Pettiet, US actor (Young Riders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Anna Benson, US model, born in Mableton, United States
  • 1976 Silvia Saint, Czech actress, born in Kyjov, Czech Republic
  • 1978 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Jesse Spencer, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1980 Christina Ricci, US actress (Wednesday-Addams Family, Casper), born in Santa Monica. California
  • 1980 Sarah Lancaster, US actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1985 Saskia Burmeister Croft, Australian actress, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1993 Jennifer Stone, US actress, born in Arlington, Texas

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1880 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), dies at 82
  • 1929 Lillie Langtry [Emilie Charlotte Le Breton], American actress (His Neighbor's Wife), dies at 75
  • 1947 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), dies at 72
  • 1955 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • 1965 Henry Kulky [Kulakowich], American actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love Nest), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1969 Johanna Tourniaire, Dutch actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • 1971 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86
  • 1976 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • 1979 Jean Renoir, French film director and actor (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • 1980 Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • 1981 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • 1985 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1986 Sid Stone, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
  • 1987 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • 1992 Dorothy Tree, actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nazi Agent), dies
  • 2001 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer, dies at 88
  • 2005 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), dies at 71
  • 2007 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • 2008 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • 2012 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • 2012 David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82
  • 2014 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • 2015 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80