On This Day in Film & TV for June 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1892 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia

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1928 Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," (or "The Lodger") is released

  • 1953 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • 1961 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV

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1975 "Nashville", directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, is released

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1976 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1977 Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

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1982 "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, is released

  • 1984 Michael Larson shown winning record $110,237 on American TV game show "Press Your Luck" by memorizing patterns
  • 1986 "Blacke's Magic" last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1993 "Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million
  • 1993 "Scattergories" game show last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1993 "Scrabble," second run," TV Game Show; last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2018 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1886 Lillian Fontaine, British actress (Suddenly it's Spring), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • 1914 Gerald Mohr, American actor (The Angry Red Planet, The Sniper, Foreign Intrigue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1919 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), born in Dublin (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Robert Hutton [Winne], American actor (Torture Garden, Rocket), born in Kingston, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Michael Cacoyannis, Greek film director (Zorba the Greek, Trojan Women), born in Limassol, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota
  • 1924 Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)

Person of interestGene Wilder

1933 Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman], American actor ( Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)

  • 1936 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1937 Luciana Paluzzi, Italian-American actress (Five Fingers, Thunderball), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1937 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Johnny Brown, American comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939 Christina Crawford, American actress and author (Mommie Dearest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Adrienne Barbeau, American actress (Maude, Swamp Thing), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1948 Stephen Schnetzer, American actor (Cass Winthrop-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Michael Swan, American actor (Duncan-As The World Turns), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1953 Peter Bergman, American actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band), born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Person of interestHugh Laurie

1959 Hugh Laurie, English actor (Strapless, Dr Gregory House-House), born in Oxford, England

  • 1960 Mehmet Oz, surgeon and TV personality (The Dr. Oz Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1961 MarĂ­a Barranco, Spanish actress
  • 1967 Clare Carey, American actress (Coach), born in Rhodesia
  • 1968 Staci Baldwin, Miss Washington pageant winner, sued when told 27 too old for compete for Miss USA, born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1968 Sophie Okonedo, English actress (Hotel Rwanda), born in London
  • 1969 Peter Dinklage, American actor (Games of Thrones), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1969 Matt McGrath, American actor, born in New York City
  • 1973 Robby Kiger, Encino California, actor (Josh Fox-Crazy Like a Fox)
  • 1975 Choi Ji Woo, South Korean actress and model
  • 1977 Ryan Dunn, American actor
  • 1977 Shane Meier, Canadian actor
  • 1978 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978 Ujjwala Raut, Indian supermodel
  • 1982 Johnny Candido, American professional wrestler
  • 1985 Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel
  • 1986 Brighton Hertford, actress (BJ Jones-General Hospital)

Person of interestShia LaBeouf

1986 Shia LaBeouf, American actor (Disturbia, Transformers), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1988 Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1994 Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1949 Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • 2005 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1952 Actress Agnes Moorehead (51) divorces actor Jack G. Lee (50) after 22 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Sam[uel] de Vries, actor (Boefje, In Sobibor), dies at 50
  • 1955 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75
  • 1956 Ralph Morgan [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • 1966 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • 1966 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1970 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), accidentally electrocutes himself at 55
  • 1979 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Wayne

1979 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1985 Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • 1988 Nathan Cook, actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • 1991 Vlastimil Fisar, Czech actor/pres (Intl Actors Federation), dies
  • 1992 Scotty Sachs, actor (Hanoi Hilton), dies of gunshot wounds at 39
  • 1993 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wiseguy, No Mercy, Body Rock), dies of AIDs at 40
  • 1993 Bernard Bresslaw, English comedian (Carry On team), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1994 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1994 Jack Hannah, animator, dies at 90
  • 1996 Brigitte Helm [Gisele Eve von Kuenheim], German actress (Gloria, Gold, Metropolis), dies at 90
  • 1996 Lonne Elder, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 69
  • 1999 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • 2000 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screen writer (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 71
  • 2003 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 82
  • 2003 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2005 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), dies at 86
  • 2007 Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers, American actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild Wild West), dies of leukaemia at 75
  • 2012 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • 2015 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • 2015 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69