On This Day in Film & TV for June 10

Events in Film & TV

  • 1939 MGM cartoon character Barney Bear debuts
  • 1954 KQED TV channel 9 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 "Danny Thomas Hour" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1968 KCFW TV channel 9 in Kalispell, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WHTV (now WTZH) TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (NBC/CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1982 "Taxi" last airs on ABC, moves to NBC in the fall
  • 1989 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO
  • 1991 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" airs its final episode airs on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

2003 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
  • 2007 "The Sopranos" series finale on HBO (infamous "cut to black" ending)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards: The Big Bang Theory wins Best Comedy Series, Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones win Best Drama Series (tie)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1838 Meyer van Beem, Dutch actor (Mottige Janus, Black Venus), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1862 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1937)
  • 1889 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Hell to Eternity)

Person of interestHattie McDaniel

1895 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With The Wind), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1952)

  • 1898 Virginia Valli [McSweeney], American actress (Pleasure Garden), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Clyde Beatty, American animal trainer and actor (Africa Screams, The Big Cage), born in Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1903 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1916 Bill Waddington, British actor/comedian (Percy-Coronation Street)
  • 1918 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), born in Shoreditch, London (d. 2009)

Person of interestJudy Garland

1922 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress and singer (The Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1925 Don Costa, actor (Impossible Years, Soul of Nigger Charlie)
  • 1926 June Haver, Rock Island, actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door)
  • 1926 Lionel Jeffries, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Camelot), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Michael Walsh, major-general/director (Overseas Relations)
  • 1929 Harald Juhnke, actor (Guitars of Love), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1932 Gardner McKay, American actor (Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 George Burns, British TV host
  • 1932 Branko Lustig, film producer
  • 1939 Alexandra Stewart, actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941 Jurgen Prochnow, actor (Das Boot)
  • 1941 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Kevin Corcoran, actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1959 Timothy Van Patten, American actor (White Shadow, Master), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 Balakrishna Nandamuri, Indian actor
  • 1962 Gina Gershon, American actress
  • 1962 Vincent Perez, Swiss actor
  • 1963 Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress
  • 1964 Ben Daniels, British actor

Person of interestElizabeth Hurley

1965 Elizabeth Hurley, English actress (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Christabel) and model, born in Basingstoke, England

  • 1965 Vincent Perez, actor (The Crow-City of Angels)
  • 1966 Doug McKeon, NJ, actor (Big Shamus Little Shamus, Centennial)
  • 1968 Susan Haskell, actress (Marty-One Life to Live, Strictly Business)
  • 1968 Bill Burr, American comedian
  • 1971 Leanza Cornet, TV host (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1972 Steven Fischer, American film producer and director, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1976 Lisa Jean Costantino, Miss USA-Vermont (1997)
  • 1977 Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1978 Shane West, American actor
  • 1980 Jessica Di Cicco, American actress
  • 1981 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • 1981 Jonathan Bennett, actor (Mean Girls)

Person of interestLeelee Sobieski

1983 Leelee Sobieski, American actress (Deep Impact, Joan of Arc, Uprising), born in New York City

  • 1987 Kelly Vitz, American actress
  • 1991 James Cleveland McFadden-Talbot, son of Gates McFaden (Star Trek NG)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1995 Actress-singer Holly Robinson (30) weds NFL Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1999 Model-actress Esther Canadas (22) weds model Mark Vanderloo (31) at the 900-year-old Vallombrosa Abbey in Tuscany
  • 2000 "Live! with Kelly and Michael" executive producer Michael Gelman (38) weds CBS's Early Show correspondent Laurie Hibberd (36) at a Long Island estate
  • 2006 Spanish singer Bertin Osborne (51) weds Venezuelan model Fabiola Martinez in Seville, Spain
  • 2017 Actress and film producer Jessica Chastain (40) weds Moncler executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in the northern Italian city of Treviso, Villa Tiepolo Passi

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2004 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) divorces "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 weeks after getting married

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1941 Herschel Mayall, actor (Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 78
  • 1963 Anita King, actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1967 Frank Butler, actor/screenwriter (Road to Bali, China), dies at 76

Person of interestSpencer Tracy

1967 Spencer Tracy, US actor (Woman of the Year, Father of the Bride), dies at 67

  • 1969 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • 1971 Michael Rennie, English actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
  • 1976 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian/US fur trader/movie producer, dies at 103
  • 1981 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • 1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), dies of drug overdose at 36
  • 1985 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 1987 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Fixer, Patch of Blue), dies at 45
  • 1989 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), commits suicide at 68
  • 1992 Peter Von Zerneck, actor (Foreign Affair), dies at 84
  • 1993 Richard Webb, American actor (Captain Midnight, Out of the Past), shoots himself at 77
  • 1993 Les Dawson, English Comedian (b. 1934)
  • 1996 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), dies at 80
  • 2007 Augie Auer, Meteorologist and television presenter (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Tenniel Evans, English actor (b. 1926)