On This Day in Film & TV for February 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1944 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)
  • 1947 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
  • 1950 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1952 9th Golden Globes: A Place in the Sun, Fredric March, & Jane Wyman win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Music awardsMusic Awards

1990 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2003 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • 2009 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: "The Love Guru" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2010 63rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Hurt Locker" Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow Best Director

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 2015 35th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Saving Christmas" wins worst film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1889 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • 1897 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), born in Paris, Ile-de-France (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), born in Westminster, London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Arline Judge, actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent)
  • 1915 Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress (Dodge City, Another World)
  • 1923 Lucille Bremer, Amsterdam, New York, American actress/dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies)
  • 1925 Al Fann, actor (Alvin-He's the Mayor), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1925 Sam Peckinpah, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California
  • 1927 Erma Bombeck, humorist (The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1929 James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
  • 1934 Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • 1935 Mark McManus, Scottish actor (Taggart, Nightstick, 2000 Weeks, 12th Night), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
  • 1937 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • 1939 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1940 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • 1942 Margarethe Von Trotta, actress/director (Marianne), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1944 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)

  • 1946 Tyne Daly, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars - C-3PO)
  • 1948 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1953 Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)
  • 1953 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • 1955 Kelsey Grammer, American actor (Fraiser Crane in Cheers, Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • 1956 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1958 Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty)
  • 1961 Christopher Atkins, actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon), born in Rye, New York
  • 1961 Martha Hackett, American actress
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1962 Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 1964 Alana Soares, playmate (Mar, 1983), born in Redondo Beach, Californa
  • 1964 Huw Higginson, British actor
  • 1966 Bronwen Booth, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil), born in London, England
  • 1969 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1971 Jose Solano, actor (Baywatch)
  • 1973 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
  • 1975 Troy Slaten, actor (Jerry-Parker Lewis Can't Lose)
  • 1977 Kevin Rose, American television host and Internet entrepreneur
  • 1978 Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
  • 1978 Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
  • 1978 Nicole Parker, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1979 Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five), born in Waco, Texas

  • 1979 Carly "Carlito" Col√≥n, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • 1979 Jordan Haworth Peele, American actor, comedian and director (Fargo, Get Out), born in NYC, New York
  • 1980 Justin Roiland, American actor, writer and director (Rick and Morty), born in Stockton, California
  • 1984 Karina, Japanese model and actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Ellen Page, Canadian actress (Juno), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page
  • 1987 Burgess Abernethy, Australian Actor
  • 1987 Ashley Greene, American model and actress
  • 1989 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • 1989 Kristin Herrera, American actress
  • 1989 Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
  • 1996 Sophie Turner, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Northampton

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1952 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Actor Leonard Nimoy (22) weds actress Sandra Zober

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Actor Dudley Moore (53) weds actress Brogan Lane at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Potasch & Perlemoer, Boefje), dies at 63
  • 1976 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • 1980 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), dies at 78
  • 1985 Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • 1985 Louis Hayward, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1991 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 1992 Eva A Jessye, US singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 2002 John Thaw, English actor (Inspector Morse), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2002 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • 2005 Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • 2015 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications