On This Day in Film & TV for June 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1916 Boeing Model 1 [B & W Seaplane], the 1st Boeing product, flies for the 1st time
  • 1948 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1960 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1961)

  • 1962 WWUP TV channel 10 in Sault Ste Marie, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1967 Governor Reagan signs liberalized California abortion bill

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film release premierFilm Release

1967 "The Dirty Dozen", based on E. M. Nathanson's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • 1969 "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV
  • 1985 "Pryor's Place" children's show last airs on CBS-TV

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1997 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell

Film release premierFilm Release

2005 "Batman Begins", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Katie Holmes goes on wide release


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1884 Harry Langdon, American comedian (The Strong Man, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 1944)
  • 1901 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer
  • 1907 James Robertson Justice, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moby Dick), born in Lewisham, London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1917 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Black Lash, Lash of the West)
  • 1919 Alberto Sordi, actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1920 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Erland Josephson, actor/dramatist (Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1927 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1935 Belinda Lee, Devon England, actress (Who Done It, Runaway Bus)
  • 1936 Claude Brasseur, actor (Josepha, Pardon Mon Affair), born in Paris, France
  • 1943 Aron Kincaid, actor (Warren-Bachelor Father, Ski Party), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Nicola Pagett, actress (Oliver's Story, Privates on Parade)
  • 1946 Judy Pace, actress (Young Lawyers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Lee Purcell, Cherry Point NC, actor (Big Wednesday, Mr Majestyk)
  • 1949 Simon Callow, actor (Good Father), born in London, England
  • 1949 Jim Varney, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail, Hey Vern), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950 Mark Arnott, actor (Return of the Secaucus 7), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Sandra Cassel, American actress
  • 1953 Rita Lee, Federic Wisc, playmate (November, 1977)
  • 1954 James Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Julie Hagerty, actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956 Ava Cadell, actress (Do or Die), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1957 Clio Goldsmith, actress (Gift, Heat of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor
  • 1959 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress

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1963 Helen Hunt, American actress (Mad About You, Twister), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
  • 1963 Blanca Portillo, Spanish actress

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1964 Courteney Cox, American actress (Monica Geller on Friends), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 1965 Carrie Mitchum, actress (Donna-Bold & Beautiful), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer
  • 1967 Yūji Ueda, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968 Demtra Hampton, model (Garda), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor, born in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea

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1969 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube
  • 1970 Leah Remini, American actress
  • 1971 Jake Busey, American actor

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1973 Neil Patrick Harris, actor (Doogie Howser MD), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • 1973 Pia Miranda, Australian actress
  • 1973 Greg Vaughan, American actor
  • 1974 Any Lynn Ciccolella, Monument Colorado, Miss America-Colorado (1996)
  • 1975 Elizabeth Reaser, American actress
  • 1977 Nina Liu, Australian actress
  • 1979 Julia Schultz, playmate (Feb, 1998), born in San Diego, California
  • 1980 Christopher Castile, American actor
  • 1980 Cara Zavaleta, American model
  • 1981 Cristin Duren, Miss Florida Teen USA (Miss Photogenic-1997)
  • 1981 Jordi Vilasuso, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1928 "King Kong" actress Fay Wray (20) weds playwright-screenwriter John Monk Saunders (30)
  • 2000 "Murphy Brown" actress Candice Bergen (54) weds New York real estate magnate Marshall Rose (63) at a Manhattan synagogue
  • 2002 "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Actor Charlie Sheen (36) weds actress Denise Richards (31) under a rose arch dotted by over 1000 blooms in Brentwood, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Film actor and producer Harrison Ford (67) weds actress and Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart (45) in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley (45) divorces businessman Arun Nayar due to husband's unreasonable behavior


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1965 Steve Cochran, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1982 Neil Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 90
  • 1984 Ned Glass, actor (Charade, Street Music), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1984 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies at 78
  • 1989 Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63
  • 1989 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1994 Nadia Gray, actress (La Dolce Vita, Naked Summer), dies at 70
  • 1995 Charles Bennett, screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1996 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • 1996 Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), dies at 91
  • 2005 Suzanne Flon, French actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, dies at 83
  • 2007 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), dies of an overdose at 49
  • 2008 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Bekim Fehmiu, Yugoslavian actor (Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro), dies of suspected suicide at 74

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2014 Casey Kasem, creator of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem