On This Day in Film & TV for June 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1960 12th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • 1970 "Ray Stevens Show" debuts on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1974 "Chinatown", directed by Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Film release premierFilm Release

1975 "Jaws", based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 1976 Disney's River Country opens at Bay Lake (closed 2001)
  • 1988 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 1988 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
  • 1988 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • 1994 Howard Stern begins 30-minute (Radio) TV show on E! cable network
  • 2011 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards: Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series, Mad Men wins Best Drama Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 British actor Daniel Day-Lewis announces his retirement from acting


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1615 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)
  • 1883 Jules Verstraete [Julien Gustave de Graef], Flemish actor (rubber, The Three Wishes), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Leah Baird, American actress (Lady Gangster), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
  • 1909 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1909 Joan Harrison, screenwriter
  • 1911 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Johnny Morris, British broadcaster/actor (Once in a Lifetime)
  • 1917 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1928 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1993)
  • 1928 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1931 James Tolkan, American actor (Weekend War, Leap of Faith), born in Calumet, Michigan
  • 1931 Olympia Dukakis, Greek-American actress (Man Equals Man, Moonstruck, Cemetery Club), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Brett Halsey, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1933 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Wendy Craig, England, actress (Joseph Andrews)
  • 1934 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress (Helen of Troy), (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • 1940 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Stephen Frears, film director (Prick Up Your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons), born in Leicester, England
  • 1944 Terry Funk, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1944 David Roper, English actor
  • 1945 John McCook, Ventura Cal, actor (Codename: Firefox, Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1946 Bob Vila, television presenter
  • 1947 Candace "Candy" Clark, American actress (Man Who Fell to Earth, Q, American Graffiti), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1951 Tress MacNeille, American voice actress

Person of interestJohn Goodman

1952 John Goodman, American actor (Dan Conner on Roseanne, Babe), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • 1952 Larry Riley, American actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1957 Koko B. Ware, American professional wrestler, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • 1958 Chuck Wagner, actor (Automan), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960 Michael Corbett, Collingwood NJ, actor (David-Young & Restless)
  • 1963 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1964 Michael Landon Jr., American actor (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie), born in Encino, California

Person of interestNicole Kidman

1967 Nicole Kidman, American actress (Dead Calm, The Hours), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
  • 1970 Michelle Reis, Hong Kong actress (Fallen Angels), born in Hong Kong
  • 1974 Jami Ferrell, playmate (Jan 1997), born in Munncie, Indiana
  • 1979 Lani Billard, Canadian actress
  • 1983 Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
  • 1988 Shefali Chowdhury, Welsh actress
  • 1989 Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
  • 1997 Maria Lark, Russian-born American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1938 British actor Alec Guinness (24) weds actress Merula Sylvia Salaman (23)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Johnny Carson marries 4th wife Alexis Mass

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80 (b. 1880)
  • 1963 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1963 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • 1964 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1977 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), dies at 68
  • 1978 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • 1984 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • 1984 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Animal House), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 30
  • 1986 Tim Herbert, American comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • 1990 Ina Balin, actress (Patsy), dies at 52, of pulmonary hypertension
  • 1996 Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1996 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 2011 Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)
  • 2012 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), dies at 83
  • 2016 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), dies at 76