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
Actress/Singer
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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest near Los Angeles


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), born in Minamibōsō, Chiba, Japan (d. 1973)

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
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1925 Don Costa, actor (Impossible Years, Soul of Nigger Charlie)
  • 1926 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 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, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 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)
  • 1943 Jeff Greenfield, American media commentator (Firing Line, Nightline), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Kevin Corcoran, actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1954 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1955 Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1956 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu film director, screenwriter and producer, born in Dommeru Village, India (d. 2011)
  • 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)

Person of interestBill Burr

1968 Bill Burr, American comedian and podcaster (F Is for Family, I'm Sorry You Feel That Way), born in Canton, Massachusetts

Comedian and Podcaster Bill Burr
Comedian and Podcaster
Bill Burr
  • 1971 Leanza Cornet, TV host (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1972 Steven Fischer, American film producer and director, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1973 David Friedman, American child actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 NYC, New York

  • 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
  • 1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), dies of drug overdose at 37
  • 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, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), dies at 83