On This Day in Film & TV for February 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1880 Steele MacKay's play "Hazel Kirke" premieres in New York City
  • 1924 George Kelly's play "Show-Off," premieres in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 1st African American executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Film release premierFilm Premier

1970 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1971)

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
Actor George C. Scott
Actor
George C. Scott
  • 1979 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1994 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 2016 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1960)
  • 1895 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • 1905 Eddie Foy Jr [Edwin Fitzgerald Jr], American actor (The Pajama Game, Fair Exchange), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress, born in Farnworth, Lancashire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Gordon Fraser, newscaster (All Star News), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1909 Robert Coote, actor (Timmy-Rogues, Theodore-Nero Wolfe), born in London, England
  • 1912 James Craig, actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1915 William Talman, actor (Crashout, Hamilton-Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1916 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker
  • 1918 Ida Lupino, Anglo-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Norman Wisdom, comedian (Kraft Music Hall), born in London, England
  • 1918 Janet Waldo, American actress
  • 1923 Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Dave Ketchum, Quincy Ill, actor (Agent 13-Get Smart)
  • 1929 Jerry Adler, American actor
  • 1936 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 David Brenner, American comedian
  • 1937 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • 1937 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1940 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Cheryl Miller, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Paula-Daktari, Born Free)
  • 1945 David Brenner, comedian/TV talk show host (Nightlife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Jeannie Wilson, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951 Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 1952 Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • 1960 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • 1960 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • 1962 Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • 1968 Kristen Marie, actress (Cheryl McKinnon-Another World)
  • 1968 Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
  • 1969 Brandy Ledford, American actress and model
  • 1970 Alisa Marie Kimble, Miss USA-California (1997)
  • 1970 Gabrielle Anwar, Laleham England, actress (Body Snatchers)
  • 1970 Nicole Wood, playmate (Apr, 1993), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1971 Michael Goorjian, American actor (Party Of Five, SLC Punk!), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971 Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
  • 1975 Elana Eve Chomiszak, Miss America-Rhode Island (1997), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1978 Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
  • 1982 Chris Sabin, American professional wrestler
  • 1985 Bug Hall, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1939 Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

1941 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 2015 Actress Riley Keough (25) weds stuntman Ben-Smith Petersen in Napa, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1959 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • 1968 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1982 Sue Carol, actress (She's My Weakness), dies at 73 of a heart attack
  • 1983 Jim Ameche, actor (Festival of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1983 Reginald Denham, director/writer (Death at BC House), dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1990 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1917)
  • 1991 Bob Leslie, actor (Cinderella, Mako: Jaws of Death), dies at 64
  • 1992 John Dehner, actor (Apache, Cowboy, Boys from Brazil), dies at 76
  • 1994 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist/director (KNMI), dies at 84
  • 2000 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)