On This Day in Film & TV for February 6

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1921 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1948 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1961 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 WCIU TV channel 26 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1972 29th Golden Globes: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
  • 1981 "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1981 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1992 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 2015 46th NAACP Image Awards: "Selma" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2016 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1838 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895), born in Bradford, England (d. 1905)
  • 1899 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1908 Edward Lansdale, general/model (Quiet American, Ugly American)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1911 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1913 John Lund, actor (Wackiest Ship in the Army), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Patrick Macnee, British actor (John Steed-Avengers), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Denis Norden, British television personality
  • 1926 Walker Edmiston, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Pierre Brice, French actor
  • 1931 Rip Torn, Tx, actor (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1934 Bernard Erhard, American voice actor (d. 2000)
  • 1939 Mike Farrell, American actor (BJ Honeycutt in M*A*S*H, Battered), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1940 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1941 Gigi Perreau, actress (Journey to Center of Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Gayle Hunnicutt, actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944 Michael Tucker, actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1951 Jacques Villeret, French film actor (d. 2005)
  • 1956 Jon Walmsley, Lancashire England, actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • 1956 Linda Grovenor, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957 Kathy Najimy, actress (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet)
  • 1957 Robert Townsend, comedian and actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Barry Miller, actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Megan Gallagher, actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 April Lerman, actress (Lila-Charles in Charge), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 David Hayter, Canadian-American Voice actor and screenwriter (Solid Snake), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Dana Eskelson, American actress
  • 1971 Brian Stepanek, American actor
  • 1980 Kim Poirier, Canadian actress
  • 1981 Calum Best, American model
  • 1982 Alice Eve, English actress
  • 1983 Melrose Bickerstaff, American fashion model
  • 1984 Brandon Hammond, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American actor (Gregory Hines Show)
  • 1986 Alice Greczyn, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1995 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California
  • 2009 "The L Word" actress Sarah Shahi (29) weds actor Steve Howey (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2007 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (32) divorces actress Andrea Elmer Faustino (31) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1965 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 1966 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • 1967 Martine Carol, French actress (Nana), dies of heart attack at 46
  • 1968 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • 1970 Roscoe Karns, actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78
  • 1981 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1985 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • 1985 Dandy Nichols, actress (Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • 1986 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, dies at 84
  • 1988 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • 1989 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1990 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • 1990 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • 1991 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1992 Frank Wilson, actor (Beware, Sunday Sinners, Club), dies at 37
  • 1992 Wade Preston, actor (Man Called Sledge), dies at 62
  • 1993 Frances Hunt, actress (You're a Sweetheart), dies of stroke at 77
  • 1994 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), dies from pneumonia at 88
  • 1996 Guy Madison, actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies at 74
  • 1996 Ronald Fletcher, British broadcaster (Barbara with Braden, Bomber Harris), dies at 85
  • 2012 Peter Breck, American actor, dies at 82
  • 2017 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • 2017 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102