On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)

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1950 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1980 British political comedy "Yes Minister" written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds premieres on BBC Two
  • 1990 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long

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1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 2001 54th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Gladiator" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2007 79th Academy Awards: "The Departed", Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win

Actor Forest Whitaker
Actor
Forest Whitaker
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actress Helen Mirren
Actress
Helen Mirren
  • 2016 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas

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2016 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller are honoured by unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness of and fundraising for Alzheimer's research

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2018 68th Berlin International Film Festival: Romanian film "Touch Me Not" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2019 Influential film review site Rotten Tomatoes implements changes to its site after internet trolls target "Captain Marvel" film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1833 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress and mother of Theodoor Verstraete, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1903)
  • 1887 Leonard Carey, British actor (Rebecca, Laughter), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Jed Harris, producer/director (Billy Rose Show, Operation Mad Ball)
  • 1901 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1907 Shimen Ruskin, Polish actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time), born in Vilna, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England (d. 1975)
  • 1913 Gert Fröbe [Karl Gerhart Fröbe], German actor (Goldfinger, Lover's Wood, Upper Hand), born in Saxony, German Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1914 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • 1917 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Hayes Gordon, American stage director and actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Bert Remsen, Glen Cove NY, actor (Mario-It's a Living)
  • 1927 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), born in Snyder, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Christopher George, American actor (Rat Patrol, Immortal), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 1932 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Bernard Bresslaw, English comedian (Carry On team), born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1937 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1937 Tom Courtenay, England, actor (Dresser, Doctor Zhivago, To Catch a Spy)
  • 1938 Diane Baker, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1939 Marisa Mell, Graz Austria, actress (Masquerade, Casanova '70)
  • 1940 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • 1941 David Puttnam, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures), born in London, England
  • 1941 Susan Browning, American actress (Pat-Mary Hartman), born in Baldwin, New York
  • 1944 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1944 Kristina Holland, American actress (Tina-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1948 Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
  • 1949 Ric Flair, American professional wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 Garrett Glaser, entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1953 Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • 1955 Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson's Creek)
  • 1959 Carl Marotte, Canadian actor
  • 1964 Steve Nevius, film editor (Eden, Fall Time, Damascus)
  • 1964 Lee Evans, English comedian
  • 1965 Carrot Top, [Scott Thompson], Fla, comedian (Amer Comedy Award-1994)
  • 1965 Veronica Webb, supermodel/actress (Jungle Fever, Malcolm X)
  • 1966 Stacey Cortez, actress (Sheila Cantillan-General Hospital)
  • 1966 Tea Leoni, American actress (Flying Blind, Madam Secretary), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Alexis Denisof, American actor
  • 1966 Nancy O'Dell, American reporter and television personality
  • 1971 Sean Astin, American actor (Goonies, The Lord of the Rings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Anson Mount, American actor
  • 1974 Divya Bharti, Indian actress who starred in Hindi and Telugu movies in the early 1990s (Shola Aur Shabnam, Deewana), born in Mumbai, Maharastra, India (d. 1993)
  • 1975 Chelsea Handler, American comedian and actress
  • 1976 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Jennifer Ferrin, American actress
  • 1979 David Hoflin, Swedish-born Australian Actor
  • 1980 Christy Knowings, American actress
  • 1981 Misty Giles, American beauty queen and Survivor contestant
  • 1981 Jamie Lynn, American model
  • 1981 Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor (Ishq Vishk), born in New Delhi, India
  • 1982 Maria Kanellis, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1982 Tara Wilson, Canadian actress
  • 1984 Logan Leistikow, American director and actor
  • 1986 James and Oliver Phelps, English actors
  • 1986 Justin Berfield, American actor
  • 1986 Jameela Jamil, British TV presenter and actress (The Good Place), born in London, England
  • 1987 Michelle Lewin, American bodybuilder and fitness model, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1989 Tony Oller, American actor
  • 1998 Brendon Baerg, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


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1921 Actor Jack Haley (22) weds Florence McFadden

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • 2011 Actor and comedian Kelsey Grammer (57) weds Kayte Walsh (29) at the Longacre Theater in Manhattan, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1756 Eliza Haywood, English actress and novelist (Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry), dies at 63
  • 1894 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), dies at 51
  • 1967 John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
  • 1987 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1988 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • 1992 Guy Deghy, actor (Matter of Who, 1 Eyed Soldiers), dies at 79
  • 1992 John E Allen Jr, actor (1 2 3), dies
  • 1993 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1993 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), dies at 80
  • 1994 Wladyslaw Sila Lawyer Adviser to Solidarity-Nowicki, dies at 80
  • 1996 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), murdered at 55
  • 2003 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82
  • 2006 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • 2012 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • 2017 Bill Paxton, American actor (Titanic, Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61