On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for June 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
  • 1954 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1968 KQEC TV channel 32 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 2018 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend
  • 2020 Actor Danny Masterson charged with raping three women

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Grant Mitchell, American actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), born in Danville, California (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter, born in Commercy, Meuse, France (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Beryl Reid, British actress (The Killing of Sister George, Smiley's People), born in Hereford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • 1937 Peter Lupus, American bodybuilder and actor (Mission Impossible), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1944 Bill Rafferty, American comedian (Laugh-In, Real People), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Frank Ashmore, American actor (Airplane!, Airplane II: The Sequel), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1947 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1950 Susan Damante, American actress (The Adventure of Wilderness Family), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1951 Joe Piscopo, American comedian (SNL, Miller Lite commercials), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1954 Mark Linn-Baker, American actor (Perfect Strangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1957 Jon Gries, American actor (Napoleon Dynamite), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Jack Wouterse, Dutch actor (Band of Brothers), born in Soest, Netherlands
  • 1958 Daniel McVicar, American actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1958 Bobby Farrelly, American film director (Dumb and Dumber), born in Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • 1960 Thomas Haden Church, American actor (Sideways), born in Yolo, California
  • 1963 Greg Kinnear, American actor and talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later), born in Logansport, Indiana
  • 1964 Diane Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • 1964 Erin Murphy, American actress (Tabitha Stevens in Bewitched), born in Encino, California
  • 1965 Kami Cotler, American actress (Elizabeth-Waltons), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1966 Jason Patric, American actor (Lost Boys, Solar Babies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian (The Last Man on Earth), born in Alameda County, California
  • 1970 Michael Showalter, American comedian (Stella), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1971 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1973 Louis Leterrier, French film director (The Incredible Hulk), born in Paris
  • 1977 Jason Miller, actor (New Mickey Mouse Club), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1977 Branko Tomovic, German Serbian actor, born in Münster, Germany
  • 1978 Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress, born in Sanmu, Japan
  • 1980 Kimeru, Japanese singer and actor (The Prince of Tennis), born in Kumamoto-ken
  • 1981 Amrita Rao, Indian Bollywood actress (Vivah)
  • 1983 Connie Fisher, British actress, born in Lisburn Northern Ireland
  • 1983 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor (Arashi, Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Tokyo
  • 1984 John Gallagher Jr., American stage actor (The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home

  • 2006 Model Bianca Balti (22) weds Italian photographer assistant Christian Lucidi
  • 2012 "Revenge" actress Ashley Madekwe (30) weds "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" actor Iddo Goldberg (36) in London, England

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), dies at 58
  • 1957 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), dies at 69
  • 1961 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • 1963 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1973 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born, American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), dies at 66
  • 1974 Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
  • 1978 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • 1979 Lou Frizzell, American actor and music director (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 59
  • 1984 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), intentionally overdoses at 45
  • 1989 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • 1994 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • 2006 Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), dies from emphysema and heart disease at 86
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86