On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1942 Dutch actors protest obligatory membership of Culture Chamber
  • 1947 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1960 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1971 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

  • 1985 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC
  • 1993 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • 1995 1st broadcast of "Woman of Independent Means" on NBC-TV
  • 2006 59th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • 2008 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1717 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), born in Hereford, England (d. 1779)
  • 1893 Cedric Hardwicke, British stage actor (Rope, Suspicion, Peter Pan, Richard III), born in Lye, Worcestershire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1897 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1902 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Nydia Westman, American actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1911 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1915 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host
  • 1917 Richard "Dick" Emery, British comedian and actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1920 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1988)

Person of interestLee Marvin

1924 Lee Marvin, American actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)

Actor Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
  • 1929 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • 1940 Carlin Glynn, American actress (Continental Divide)
  • 1945 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1945 Michael Nader, actor (Dynasty, All My Children)
  • 1945 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)
  • 1948 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Stephen Nichols, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1953 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1955 Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • 1956 Kathleen Beller, American actress (Promises in the Dark, Dynasty, The Betsy), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1957 Ray Winstone, British actor (Scum), born in Homerton, London
  • 1963 Jessica Tuck, American actress (Megan-1 Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Sonu Walia, Indian actress
  • 1966 Justine Bateman, America actress (Family Ties, Satisfaction), born in Rye, New York
  • 1967 Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)
  • 1972 Francine, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • 1981 Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1981 Daniel Letterle, American Actor and Singer
  • 1983 Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
  • 1983 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1984 Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
  • 1985 Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • 1985 Arielle Kebbel, American actress
  • 1986 Reon Kadena, Japanese model/actress
  • 1993 Victoria Justice, American Actress (The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, Lola Martinez in Nickelodeon show Zoey 101)

Person of interestMillie Bobby Brown

2004 Millie Bobby Brown, English actress (Stranger Things) and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, born in Marbella, Spain

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1995 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico
  • 2008 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1952 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), dies at 82
  • 1962 James Barton, American actor (Tobacco Road, Iceman Cometh), dies at 71
  • 1965 Forrest Taylor, actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • 1968 Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • 1968 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • 1969 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1972 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (Drifters), dies at 73
  • 1972 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • 1983 Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1985 George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • 1986 Adolfo Celi, Italian film actor and director (Next Man, Murders in Rue Morgue), dies at 63
  • 1986 Paul Stewart, American actor (Citizen Kane, Kiss Me Deadly), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 1991 Peggy Mondo, actress (Who's Minding the Store), dies at 50
  • 1993 Michael Morrison, actor (Caleb-As the World Turns), dies at 33
  • 1994 Derek Jarman, actor and director (Tempest), dies of AIDS at 52
  • 1995 John Howard, American actor (The Philadelphia Story, My Three Sons), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1996 Brenda Bruce, actress (December Bride, Nightmare), dies at 77
  • 1997 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 2001 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • 2007 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • 2008 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • 2013 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88