On This Day in Film & TV for June 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1940 "Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
  • 1952 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
  • 1953 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Film release premierFilm Release

1992 "Batman Returns", starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny Devito as the Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, is released

Film release premierFilm Release

2009 "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox is released

Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox
Actor Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf

Film release premierFilm Premier

2014 "Transformers: Age of Extinction" directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • 2014 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Orange Is the New Black wins Best Comedy Series, Breaking Bad wins Best Drama Series

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1782 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess), born (d. 1822)
  • 1858 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, born in Reading, Berkshire (d. 1918)
  • 1865 May Whitty, British actress (Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1948)
  • 1877 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1890 Barbara Everest, American actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest), born in London, England (d. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1897 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Comedian Moe Howard
Moe Howard
  • 1900 Laura Hobson, American TV writer/panelist (I've Got a Secret), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 George Voskovec [Jirí Wachsmann], Czech actor (12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time), born in Sázava, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon) born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Martin Gabel, TV host (With this Ring), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1914 Harry Lauter, actor (Waterfront), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1916 Pat Buttram, actor (Mr Haney-Green Acres)
  • 1916 George Pravda, Austria-Hungary, actor (Thunderball, Firefox), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 1919 Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
  • 1928 Nancy Marchand, actress (Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1928 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Thelma Barlow, English actress (Mavis on Coronation Street)
  • 1930 Gena Rowlands, American actress (The Notebook), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1932 Marisa Pavan, Cagliari Italy, actress (Solomon & Sheba, Rose Tattoo)
  • 1932 Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Italian actress (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge), born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Ian Smith, Australian actor
  • 1941 Marlene Warfield, actress (Victoria-Maude), born in Queens, New York
  • 1942 Jos Brink, Dutch TV host (Op Zoek)
  • 1945 Tim Hovey, actor (Queen Bee, Toy Tiger, Man Afraid), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Constance Forslund, actress (Shining Season), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951 Daria Nicolodi, Italian actress (Terror, Shock), born in Florence, Italy
  • 1954 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1960 Patti Rizzo, Hollywood Fla, golfer (Mexican Amateur champion 1980)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 1965 Sadie Frost, English actress
  • 1967 Eric Schweig, Inuvik Canada, actor (Dead Man's Walk)
  • 1967 Mia Sara, American actress
  • 1969 Lara Spencer, American TV personality
  • 1972 Poppy Montgomery, Australian actress (Without a Trace), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Robin Tunney, American actress (The Mentalist), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Jean Dujardin, 1st French actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor (The Artist), born in Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France

Actor and Comedian Jean Dujardin
Actor and Comedian
Jean Dujardin
  • 1975 Hugh Dancy, English actor
  • 1977 Veronika Vařeková, Czech supermodel
  • 1978 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Zoe Saldana, American actress (Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), born in Passaic, New Jersey

Actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
  • 1978 Mía Maestro, Argentine actress
  • 1980 Lauren Lee Smith, Canadian actress
  • 1982 Joe Cheng, Taiwanese actor
  • 1984 Paul Dano, American actor
  • 1995 Blake Woodruff, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1942 Actress Marilyn Monroe (16) marries first husband James Dougherty (21), a policeman

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor José Ferrer weds second wife actress Phyllis Hill

  • 2006 "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (24) weds actor Josh Janowicz (24) in Melbourne, Australia

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2009 "Malcolm in the Middle" actress Jane Kaczmarek (53) divorces actor Bradley Whitford (49) after 16 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1962 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1964 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), dies at 83
  • 1966 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • 1973 Roger Delgado, actor (Adv's of Sir Francis Drake, Dr Who), dies at 55
  • 1991 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 90
  • 1995 Murray Dickie, opera singer/director, dies at 71
  • 2001 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • 2007 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Don Diamond, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013 James Gandolfini, American actor (The Sopranos), dies from a heart attack at 51

  • 2016 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27