On This Day in Film & TV for February 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1917 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in New York
  • 1944 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

Film release premierFilm Release

1952 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US

  • 1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1978 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
  • 1978 Bob Backland beats "Superstar" Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champion
  • 1987 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 1998 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1854 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1888 Marie Rambert, English ballet producer/director/teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1904 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director
  • 1914 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1915 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Gloria Vanderbilt, American actress, artist, heiress and socialite, born in Manhattan, NYC, New York

Person of interestRobert Altman

1925 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1926 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)

Person of interestSidney Poitier

1927 Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1929 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1936 Marj Dusay, [Mahoney], Russell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • 1942 Peter Strauss, Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1943 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • 1943 Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
  • 1945 Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)
  • 1945 Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Annu Kapoor, Indian actor
  • 1946 Brenda Blethyn, actress (Secrets & Lies)
  • 1946 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)
  • 1947 Jennifer O'Neill, actress (Summer of '42), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1947 Peter Strauss, American actor
  • 1949 Ivana Trump, Czech-American model and ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), born in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovak Republic
  • 1950 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1950 Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
  • 1951 Edward Albert, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • 1956 Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • 1958 Carol Ficatier, Auscene France, playmate (December, 1985)
  • 1958 James Wilby, Burma, actor (Howards End, Maurice)
  • 1960 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Imogen Stubbs, actress (Summer Story), born in Rothbury, England
  • 1962 Ria Coyne, American comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
  • 1964 French Stewart, NM, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1964 Jeffrey Allan Maggert, Columbia MO, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney)
  • 1964 Rodney Rowland, American actor
  • 1966 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 1967 Andrew Shue, actor (Melrose Place)
  • 1967 Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)
  • 1967 Rebekka Lynn Armstrong, Bakersfield Ca, playmate (Sep, 1986)
  • 1967 Kath Soucie, American voice actress (Rugrats, The Real Ghostbusters, Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Lorraine Olivia, Geneva Ill, playmate (Nov, 1990)
  • 1969 Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1972 Corinna Harney, Bremerhaven Germany, playmate (Aug, 1991)
  • 1974 Ophelie Winter, French actress
  • 1976 Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1977 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • 1978 Lauren Ambrose, American actress
  • 1978 Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
  • 1978 Jay Hernandez, American actor
  • 1978 Julia Jentsch, German actress
  • 1978 Chelsea Peretti, American comedian and actress (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Oakland, California
  • 1984 Trevor Noah, South African comedian and TV host, (The Daily Show), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1989 Melanie Leishman, Canadian actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 1998 The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio
  • 2005 "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 2009 "Dog The Bounty Hunter" actress Lyssa Chapman (21) weds Brahman Galanti (35) at Lanikuhonua at Ko Olina in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2016 TV personality and actress Casey Reinhardt (30) weds longtime beau Sean Brown in California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Baywatch actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1803 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), dies at 90
  • 1936 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1958 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), dies at 75
  • 1962 Halliwell Hobbes, British actor (Gaslight, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies at 84
  • 1965 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), dies at 85
  • 1968 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65
  • 1969 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1972 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • 1973 Maurice Dallimore, British actor (The Collector, Me and My Girl), dies from Laennec's cirrhosis at 60
  • 1975 Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • 1975 Robert Strauss, American actor (Stalag 17, The Seven Year Itch), dies from a stroke at 61
  • 1983 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • 1992 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), dies of emphysema at 63
  • 1992 Joan Dixon, actress (Hot Lead, Bunco Squad, Gunplay), dies at 66
  • 1996 Michael Herford Wooller, TV/film producer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005 Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • 2005 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • 2006 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, Pro Wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2007 Derek Waring [Barton-Chapple], British actor (Z-Cars, Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country), dies at 79
  • 2008 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)