On This Day in Film & TV for June 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1913 "Dachshund" by Pathe Freres, early animated cartoon, released
  • 1939 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
  • 1955 TV comedy "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
  • 1955 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network
  • 1958 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • 1960 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins

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1963 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC

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1967 "You Only Live Twice", 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, screenplay by Roald Dahl, premieres in London

  • 1968 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

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1981 "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • 1989 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV

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1997 "Batman and Robin" directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O'Donnell premieres in Los Angeles

Actor George Clooney
Actor
George Clooney
Actor Chris O'Donnell
Actor
Chris O'Donnell
Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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2007 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

Actor Shia LaBeouf
Actor
Shia LaBeouf
Actress Megan Fox
Actress
Megan Fox
  • 2009 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

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2010 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1953)
  • 1893 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), born in Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Max Tailleur, Dutch adjudant to Prince Bernhard and Jewish humorist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), born in Chico, California (d. 1981)
  • 1914 William Lundigan, American actor (Climax, Pinky, They Asked for It), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1916 Ivan Tors, Hungarian TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Priscilla Lane, American actress (Arsenic & Old Lace), born in Indianola, Iowa (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer and co-founder of American International Pictures, born in Fort Dodge, Iowa (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1920 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Hendrik Witteveen, Dutch economist, Minister of Finance (1963–65; 1967–71), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1921 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1934 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Tom Oliver, English-Australian actor (Number 96), born in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, England
  • 1941 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Linda Foster, American actress (Doris-Hank), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Alan Dysert, American actor (Sean Cudahy-All My Children), born in Vermilion County, Illinois
  • 1954 Tineke Schouten, Dutch TV host and comedian, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1957 Jim Morris, impressionist/comedian (Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush)
  • 1957 Timothy Busfield, American actor (30 Something, West Wing), born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1958 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 Jenilee Harrison, American actress (Cindy-3's Company, Dallas), born in Glendale, California
  • 1959 Kenneth Herdigein, Surinamese-Dutch actor (Say A), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1959 Scott Thompson, Canadian comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Larry Sanders Show), born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Michael Link, American actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1962 John Enos III, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1963 Tim DeKay, American actor (White Collar), born in Lansing, New York
  • 1963 Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1963 Johnny Weiss, American professional wrestler (Johnny Hotbody), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Paula Marshall, actress (Lindsay Sutton-Chicago Sons), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • 1964 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965 Cathy Tyson, English actress (Serpant & Rainbow), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1967 Frances O'Connor, Australian actress
  • 1967 Icíar Bollaín, Spanish actress, director and writer
  • 1968 Sherry Stringield, actress (ER)
  • 1970 Gordon Michael Woolvett, Canadian actor
  • 1976 Kristin Alicia Beall Ludecke, Miss America-Florida (1996), born in Eustis, Florida
  • 1978 Shiloh Strong, actor (Maybe This Time, House of Cards)
  • 1978 DJ Qualls, American model and actor
  • 1979 Wil Horneff, actor (Ghost in the Machine, Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1981 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • 1985 Kendra Wilkinson, American Television Personality and glamour model, born in San Diego, California
  • 1992 Allie DiMeco American musician and actress (The Naked Brothers Band)
  • 1992 Ryan Malgarini, American actor
  • 1997 William Cuddy, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Tennis ace Boris Becker (41) weds model Sharlely Kerssenberg in St Moritz, Switzerland

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1966 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1980 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), dies from a heart attack at 75

Person of interestNorma Shearer

1983 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer
  • 1992 Gerda Nicolson, actress (Next of Kin, Clinic), dies
  • 1994 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • 1996 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), dies at 78
  • 1998 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75

Person of interestGregory Peck

2003 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • 2007 Don Herbert, American scientist and TV host (Watch Mr Wizard), dies at 89
  • 2015 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2016 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), dies at 97