On This Day in Film & TV for February 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • 1954 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Wayne Rogers debuts on CBS in the US
  • 1987 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 1995 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards - "Days of Our Lives" wins
  • 2012 43rd NAACP Image Awards: "The Help" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film release premierFilm Premier

2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Henrietta "Hetty" Beck, Dutch hearing actress (Bouwmeester Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1888 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), born in Kibworth Leicestershire, England (d. 1957)
  • 1895 Anita Stewart, American actress (South of Hell Mountain), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Staats Cotsworth, Oak Park IL, actor (Peyton Place)
  • 1910 Marc Lawrence, actor (Man With Golden Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Arthur Hunnicutt, Gravelly AR, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising)
  • 1913 Josephine F "Fietje" van Anrooy, Dutch actress/director
  • 1914 Arthur Kennedy, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1914 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1916 Raf Vallone, Tropea Italy, actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon)
  • 1919 Jock Mahoney, actor (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919 Kathleen Freeman, actress (Beverly Hillbillies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • 1925 Hal Holbrook, actor (All the President's Men, Mark Twain), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer
  • 1934 Alan Bates, Allestree England, actor (Zorba the Greek, Unmarried Woman)
  • 1934 Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
  • 1935 Christina Pickles, UK-born American actress
  • 1939 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Ms, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945 Patricia Morrow, actress (Rita-Peyton Place)
  • 1946 Andre Dussollier, Annecy France, actor (3 Men & a Cradle)
  • 1946 Zina Bethune, American actress (Nurses, Who's That Knocking at My Door), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947 Dodie Stevens, actress (Mary Hartman!)
  • 1948 José José, Mexican singer and actor
  • 1953 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)
  • 1956 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1958 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • 1962 Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
  • 1963 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)
  • 1963 Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian
  • 1965 Clayton Prince, actor (Hairspray, Reuben-Another World), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Michael Bay, American film director
  • 1967 Michelle Forbes, actress (Ensign Ro-Star Trek Next Gen), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1969 Traci Adell, playmate (July, 1994), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1969 Tuesday Knight, American actress
  • 1970 Dominic Purcell, English-born actor
  • 1971 Jeremy Edwards, British actor
  • 1971 Denise Richards, American actress
  • 1972 Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
  • 1974 Jerry O'Connell, American actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Valeria Mazza, Rosario Argentina, model (Cosmo-July 1995)
  • 1975 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • 1976 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • 1980 Jason Ritter, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress (The Simple Life), born in NYC, New York

Actress & Heiress Paris Hilton
Actress & Heiress
Paris Hilton
  • 1982 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor (Tommy Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1984 Jimmy Jacobs, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Kenta Kamakari, Japanese actor and seiyuu
  • 1985 Anne Curtis, Filipino actress and commercial model
  • 1986 Sandra Nilsson, Swedish model

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 Bonnie Wright, British actress (Ginny Weasley in "Harry Potter" franchise), born in London, England

Actress Bonnie Wright
Actress
Bonnie Wright
  • 1992 Meaghan Jette Martin, American child actress and singer
  • 1996 Sasha Pieterse, South African child actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
  • 2002 Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London
  • 2007 Japanese actress Noria Fujiwara weds comedian Tomonori at Jinnai Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, Japan
  • 2007 "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia
  • 2007 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • 1961 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1962 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 1966 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • 1966 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • 1968 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • 1971 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • 1976 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Every Man is My Enemy), dies at 65
  • 1977 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • 1979 William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • 1982 Lee Strasberg, Austrian acting coach and actor (The Godfather: Part II, Somewhere in the Night), dies at 80
  • 1984 Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • 1985 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • 1986 Paul Stewart, actor (Opening Night, In Cold Blood, Window), dies
  • 1987 Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • 1987 Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
  • 1990 Erik Rhodes, actor (Top Hat), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 1990 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies
  • 1993 George E Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1996 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 2005 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2009 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • 2013 Richard Briers, English actor, dies from emphysema at 79
  • 2017 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97