On This Day in Film & TV for February 15

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 Silent film "It" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1939 Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes" premieres in New York City
  • 1950 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1950 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1954 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1967 24th Golden Globes: A Man for All Seasons, Paul Scofield, & Anouk Aimee win

  • 1968 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 KAMU TV channel 15 in College Station, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1987 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
  • 2004 57th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • 2005 YouTube, Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1896 Arthur Shields, Irish actor (River, Enchanted Island), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Totò [Antonio Clemente], Italian actor (Motorizzate, Noi Duri) commonly referred to as the most popular Italian comedian of all time, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1867)
  • 1899 Gale Sondergaard, American actress (The Letter, Road to Rio), born in Litchfield, Minnesota (d. 1985)

Person of interestCesar Romero

1907 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Kevin McCarthy, American actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Death of a Salesman), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (The Lucy Show, Our Miss Brooks), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • 1918 Alan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser's Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Gerald Harper, broadcaster/actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day)
  • 1930 Nico Minardos, American actor
  • 1931 [Patricia] Claire Bloom, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), born in London, England
  • 1934 Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Florinda Bolkan [Bulcão], Brazilian model and actress (Damned, Last Valley, Word), born in Uruburetama, Brazil
  • 1947 Marisa Berenson, American actress (Barry Lyndon, Death in Vienna, SOB), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Rusty Hamer, Tenafly NJ, actor (Rusty-Make Room for Daddy)
  • 1949 Jess Walton, Mich, actress (Jill Foster Abbott-Young & Restless)
  • 1951 Jane Seymour, [Joyce Frankenberg], England, actress (Dr Quinn)
  • 1953 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)

Person of interestMatt Groening

1954 Matt Groening, American cartoonist and writer (Life in Hell, The Simpsons, Futurama), born in Portland, Oregon

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • 1955 Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • 1955 Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
  • 1959 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1962 Renee Props, US actress (Elly Snyder-As the World Turns), born in Oklahoma
  • 1964 Chris Farley, US actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Michael Easton, US actor (General Hospital, Ally McBeal), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Kurt Robin McKinney, US actor (Ned-General Hospital), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1970 Craig Gass, American impressionist and comedian
  • 1971 Renee O'Connor, US actress (Xena Warrior Princess), born in Katy, Texas
  • 1973 Alex Borstein, US actress and animator, born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1974 Jodie McMullen, Miss Universe-Australia/Miss Congeniality (1996)
  • 1975 Brendon Small, American comedian and animator, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1979 Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1981 Jenna Morasca, US actress, model, and reality TV contestant, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Ashley Tesoro, US actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1984 Meera Jasmine, Indian actress (Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam), born in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1919 Author Maurice Maeterlinck (56) weds actress Renée Dahon (27) in Nice, France

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck

HeartWedding of Interest

1943 Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully
  • 1996 Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1902 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, dies at 68
  • 1903 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • 1932 Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • 1955 S Z Sakall, Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 72
  • 1961 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • 1962 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • 1967 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), dies at 79
  • 1973 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies of bone cancer at 54
  • 1973 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1978 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 1984 AAvon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation, The Sting, Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • 1990 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 1990 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Luis Escobar, Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
  • 1994 Tiger Haynes, US actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
  • 1996 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1996 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1996 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), dies of a heart attack at 54

Person of interestKevin Smith

2002 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • 2004 Jan Miner, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 81
  • 2008 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), dies at 83
  • 2016 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • 2016 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), dies at 98