On This Day in Film & TV for June 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1919 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres

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1967 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1968 KQEC TV channel 32 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1982 US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."

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

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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

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 (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 (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Stringbean, [David Akeman], Ky, banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1920 Beryl Reid, actress (Joseph Andrews, Psychomania, Yellowbeard)
  • 1920 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)
  • 1936 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • 1937 Peter Lupus, actor (Mission Impossible)
  • 1944 Bill Rafferty, comedian (Real People, Laugh-in '77)
  • 1945 Frank Ashmore, American actor
  • 1947 Christopher Allport, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1950 Susan Damante, American actress (The Adventure of Wilderness Family), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1951 Joe Piscopo, 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
  • 1957 Jack Wouterse, Dutch actor
  • 1958 Dan McVicar, Independence Mo, actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1958 Bobby Farrelly, American film director
  • 1960 Thomas Haden Church, American actor (Sideways), born in Yolo, California
  • 1963 Greg Kinnear, actor/talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later)
  • 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, actress (Elizabeth-Waltons), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1970 Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian
  • 1970 Michael Showalter, American comedian
  • 1971 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1973 Louis Leterrier, French film director
  • 1975 Frederick Koehler, actor (Chip-Kate & Allie), born in Queens, New York
  • 1977 Jason Miller, actor (New Mickey Mouse Club), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1977 Branko Tomovic, Serbian actor
  • 1978 Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
  • 1981 Amrita Rao, Bollywood actress
  • 1983 Connie Fisher, English stage actress
  • 1983 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1984 John Gallagher Jr., American stage actor (The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey

HeartWedding 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 dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • 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 Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • 1984 Chet Allen, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
  • 1989 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack 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 (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86