On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for June 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1958 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1960 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • 1968 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Broadcast Journalist Barbara Walters
Broadcast Journalist
Barbara Walters
  • 1983 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
  • 1984 "Welcome To Fun Zone" hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV
  • 1984 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy

Film release premierFilm Premier

1989 "Dead Poets Society" film starring Robin Williams premieres

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński
  • 1999 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2002 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Actor Idris Elba
Idris Elba

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1864 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), born in London, England (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1904 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Freidorf, Romania (d. 1984)

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1917 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1927 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist (The Man Inside) and animator (Underdog), born in Avondale Estates, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), born in Amsterdam, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Roger Brierley, English actor (d. 2005)
  • 1936 Sally Kellerman, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1938 Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • 1940 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1941 Stacy Keach, American actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1942 Maree Cheatham, American actress (Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1943 Charles Haid, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946 Lasse Hallström, Swedish screenwriter and film director (Cider House Rules; My Life As A Dog; ABBA music videos), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1948 Albert Innaurato, playwright/director (Age in Soho), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)
  • 1950 Joanna Gleason, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950 Toni Alessandrini, actress (Vice Academy Part 2), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Dennis Haysbert, American actor (Allstate Insurance, The Unit), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1955 Gary Grimes, American actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955 Dana Carvey, comedian (SNL, Garth-Wayne's World), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1956 Mani Ratnam, Indian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • 1958 Lex Lugar [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961 Liam Cunningham, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Caroline Link, German film director and screenwriter
  • 1968 Jon Culshaw, British comedian and impressionist
  • 1969 Cy Chadwick, English actor
  • 1970 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971 Anthony Montgomery, American film and television actor and graphic novelist

Person of interestWayne Brady

1972 Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Columbus, Georgia

  • 1972 Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • 1972 Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • 1977 Ellie Raab, American actor (Fabulous Baker Boys, Extreme Close-up), born in Wisconsin
  • 1977 Zachary Quinto, American actor (Star Trek), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Nikki Cox, actress (Unhappily Ever After)
  • 1978 A.J. Styles, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Dominic Cooper, English actor
  • 1978 Justin Long, American actor
  • 1982 Jewel Staite, Canadian actress
  • 1985 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1990 Brittany Curran, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1951 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (45) weds UNESCO delegate Howland H. Sargeant

Actress Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Actor James Woods (42) weds horse trainer Sarah Owen (26) in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Drew Barrymore (37) weds writer Will Kopelman in Montecito, California

  • 2017 Gotham actor Ben McKenzie (38) weds actress Morena Baccarin (38) at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), dies form cancer at 69
  • 1961 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • 1967 Zamah Cunningham, actress (Menosha the Magnificent), dies at 74
  • 1969 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • 1970 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1974 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1976 Alan Dewitt, actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
  • 1977 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), dies at 77
  • 1977 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), dies of heart attack at 45
  • 1979 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • 1988 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • 1990 Frederick Mellinger, founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76

Person of interestRex Harrison

1990 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady), dies of cancer at 82

  • 1990 Stuart Hall, actor (Cavalcade, Dawn Patrol), dies
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, founder (Screen Writers Guild), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1995 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), dies at 73
  • 1996 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • 1998 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • 2003 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • 2012 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2012 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2016 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), dies at 64
  • 2017 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 96