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
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
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
  • 1998 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

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

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)
  • 1930 Patricia Smith, actress (Bob Newhart Show), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 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, Scranton Penn, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever)
  • 1963 William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
  • 1964 French Stewart, NM, actor (Harry Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 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
  • 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 (IphigĂ©nie 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)
  • 2008 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)