On This Day in Film & TV for June 18

Events in Film & TV


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1940 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1959 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • 1961 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • 1961 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1969 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released

  • 1975 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) premieres on radio
  • 1982 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
  • 1987 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon

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1995 Memorial service for Elizabeth Montgomery is held at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills

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2001 "The Fast and the Furious" film directed by Rob Cohen starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez premieres

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2005 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor in BBC "Doctor Who" episode "The Parting of the Ways"

  • 2012 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards: Community wins Best Comedy Series, Homeland wins Best Drama Series

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2014 Ian McKellen is awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University, becoming a Doctor of Letters


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Blanche Yurka, American actress (Taxi, A Tale of Two Cities), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Margarita Xirgu, Spanish stage actress (Bloody Wedding), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Annie "Mae" Busch, Australian actress (Foolish Wives), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Blanche Sweet, American actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1897 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), born in in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1974)
  • 1899 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), born in Maghull, Liverpool, England (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Llewellyn Rees, British theatre actor (A Fish Called Wanda, Invisible Creature), born in Charmouth, Dorset, England (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (When I'm Calling You), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Yangtse Incident), born in Guangzhou, China (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Nedra Volz, American actress, born in Montrose, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Avon Long, actor (Roots: Next Generation), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1910 Dick Foran, Flemington NJ, actor (OK Crackerby)
  • 1910 E G Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Glen Morris, MO, Olympic champion/actor (Tarzan)
  • 1912 Henry Brandon, actor (Drums of Fu Manchu), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1916 John Young, actor/TV panelist (Masquerade Party)
  • 1917 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1918 Bob Carroll, singer/actor (Stage Two Revue, Stranger)
  • 1919 Mel Brandt, American actor (Faraway Hill), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1920 Ian Carmichael, Hull England, actor (Lucky Jim, I'm Alright Jack)
  • 1925 Robert Arthur, Aberdeen Wash, actor (12 O'Clock High, Just For You)
  • 1926 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), born in Kecs kemet, Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Maggie McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Peter Batty, TV/movie producer
  • 1937 Varbara Ann Teer, US actress/director (National Black Theatre Company)
  • 1938 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, rocker/actor (Soup for 1, Greeased Lightning)
  • 1940 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter
  • 1942 Roger Ebert, film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana Illnois (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House, Mind Your Language)
  • 1946 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1947 Bernard Giraudeau, La Rochelle France, actor (L'Annee des Meduses)
  • 1947 Linda Thorson, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1951 Henny Huisman, Dutch TV host (Playback Show)
  • 1952 Carol Kane, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), born in Cleveland, Ohio

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1952 Isabella Rossellini, actress (Big Night, Blue Velvet), born in Rome, Italy

  • 1956 Brian Benben, Winchester Va, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles)
  • 1957 Andrea Evans, actress (Young & Restless, Tina-One Life to Live)
  • 1960 Ralph Brown, British actor
  • 1962 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965 Kim Dickens, American actress and model
  • 1969 Vito LoGrasso, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 Greg Yaitanes, American television and film director
  • 1971 Mara Hobel, American actress (Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1973 Julie Depardieu, French actress
  • 1974 Bumper Robinson, actor (Webster, Night Court)
  • 1975 Marie Gillain, Belgian actress
  • 1975 Jamel Debbouze, French actor and producer
  • 1976 Alana de la Garza, American actress
  • 1980 Tara Platt, American actress
  • 1986 Richard Madden, Scottish actor (Games of Thrones, Cinderella), born in Elderslie
  • 1989 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • 1991 Willa Holland, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


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1965 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Singer/Dancer/Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1992 Actor Jameson Parker weds actress Darleen Carr
  • 2011 British peer and brother of Princess Diana Charles Spencer (47) weds Canadian social entrepreneur and former model Karen Gordon (39) at Althorp House in Northamptonshire
  • 2011 Reality TV Personality Toya Carter (27) weds "The Deal" TV host Mickey Wright in Atlanta

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 Former Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (36) divorces former model Lisa Ann Russell (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
  • 2012 "The L Word" actress Laurel Holloman (41) divorces architect Paul Macherey (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1889 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, dies from an overdose at 34
  • 1939 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • 1959 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American actress (None but the Lonely Heart), dies at 79
  • 1963 Pedro Armend├íriz, Mexican actor (b. 1912)
  • 1971 Thomas Gomez, American actor (Force of Evil, Key Largo, Kim, Sellout), dies after a car accident at 65
  • 1973 Roger Delgado, English actor (Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enough for June), dies at 55 (b. 1918)
  • 1980 Terence Fisher, English film director (b. 1904)
  • 1981 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), dies at 86
  • 1982 Curd "Curt" J├╝rgens, German actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), dies of an acute heart attack at 66
  • 1991 Joan Caulfield, actress (My Favorite Husband), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1995 Arthur John Howard, actor (Frieda, Last Holiday, Paradiso), dies at 85
  • 2000 Nancy Marchand, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Vincent Sherman, American film director (b. 1906)
  • 2007 Bernard Manning, British comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • 2010 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler (b.1980)
  • 2012 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, dies from prostate cancer at 82