On This Day in Film & TV for February 16

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1938 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

  • 1948 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC
  • 1950 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • 1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, abolished in the United Kingdom
  • 1962 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
  • 1969 "Andrei Rublev", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Anatoly Solonitsyn and Ivan Lapikov, premieres in Moscow after a limited release in 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

  • 2014 67th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "12 Years a Slave" Best Film, Alfonso Cuaron Best Director

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (When the Clouds Roll by), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Katharine Cornell, German actress (Barretts of Wimpole St), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter
  • 1900 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), born in Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1903 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1904 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1909 Jeffrey Lynn, Auburn, Massachusetts, American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties)
  • 1912 Del Sharbutt, Cleburne Tx, TV announcer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1915 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 1927 June Brown, British actress
  • 1930 Peggy King, vocalist/actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1930 Ricou Browning, Florida, director/actor (Thunderball)
  • 1931 Ken Takakura, [Goichi Oda], Kita Japan, actor (Story of Antarctic)
  • 1932 Gretchen Wyler, American actress (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1932 Harry Goz, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), born in Morley, West Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Barry Primus, American actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
  • 1951 William Katt, American actor (Greatest American Hero, Carrie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1955 Hunt Block, American actor
  • 1957 LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)
  • 1958 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1958 Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
  • 1960 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1962 Alexa Kenin, American actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Christopher Eccleston, English actor (Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Salford
  • 1969 David Heath, American professional wrestler better known as Gangrel
  • 1970 Saskia Linssen, Venlo Holland, playmate (Jun, 1991)
  • 1975 Don Jeffcoat, American actor
  • 1976 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • 1978 John Tartaglia, Broadway actor and Muppeteer
  • 1980 Agim Kaba, American actor and film producer
  • 2335 Geordi La Forge, character on Star Trek Next Generation

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1948 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 2011 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989 actress Jane Fonda & activist Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1919 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • 1979 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • 1984 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • 1985 Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • 1986 Howard Da Silva, Cleve Oh, actor (Ben Franklin-1776), dies at 76
  • 1993 Donald Phelps, American actor (Ghost Ship) dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1993 Richard Salant, news president (CBS-60 Minutes), dies at 78
  • 1996 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob), dies at 62
  • 1997 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), dies at 89
  • 2000 Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2000 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)
  • 2001 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Nicole DeHuff, American actress (pneumonia) (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Len Lesser, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94