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
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
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
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
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
  • 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 interestRonald Reagan

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, American actor (High Society, Wackiest Ship in the Army), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (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 (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Denis Norden, British television personality
  • 1926 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), born in Brest, France (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (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, director and activist (M*A*S*H, Battered, Patch Adams), 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
  • 1949 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
  • 1951 Jacques Villeret, French film actor (d. 2005)
  • 1956 Jon Walmsley, British actor (Jason in The Waltons), born in Lancashire, England
  • 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
  • 1964 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director and screenwriter (The Return), born in Novosibirsk, USSR
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

1995 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Singer-Songwriter
Brian Wilson
  • 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 [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Mont├Ęsm, Trente et quarante), dies of heart attack at 46
  • 1968 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • 1970 Roscoe Karns, American 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 [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, 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
  • 1994 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), dies from cancer at 66
  • 1996 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 1996 Ronald Fletcher, British broadcaster (Barbara with Braden, Bomber Harris), dies at 85
  • 2006 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • 2007 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2009 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • 2012 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • 2017 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • 2017 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102