On This Day in Film & TV for June 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1966 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1982 John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 President Reagan gives speech defending his judicial appointments
  • 1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1896 Dorothy Stickney, American actress (And So They Were Married), born in Dickinson, North Dakota (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1913 Irving Shulman, author/screenwriter
  • 1921 Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)
  • 1921 Jean Kent, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921 Judy Holliday, American comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)

Actress Judy Holliday
Actress
Judy Holliday
  • 1923 John Compton, American actor (Shannon-D.A.'s Man), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Maureen Stapleton, actress (Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), born in Troy, New York
  • 1927 Carl Burton Stokes, African American politician (51st mayor of Cleveland) and TV newscaster, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Lawrence K Grossman, News president (NBC-TV)
  • 1933 Bernie Kopell, American actor (Love Boat, Get Smart, That Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Monte Markham, American actor (Second Hundred Years, Dallas), born in Manatee County, Florida
  • 1938 Ron Ely [Ronald Pierce], American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage), born in Hereford, Texas
  • 1940 Mariette Hartley, American actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Pia J Barendrecht, Indonesian/Dutch actress (Pinokkio)
  • 1941 Joe Flaherty, American-Canadian actor
  • 1944 Corinna Tsopel, Greek actress (Man Called Horse) and Miss Universe 1964, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1944 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), born in Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author
  • 1947 Lex van Delden, Dutch actor (Soldier of Orange)
  • 1947 Meredith Baxter-Birney, American actress (Family Ties, Bridget Loves Bernie), born in South Pasadena, California
  • 1947 Michael Gross, American actor (Family Ties, FBI murders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Gérard Lanvin, French actor
  • 1953 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1953 Michael Bowen, American actor
  • 1954 Anne Kirkbride, Oldham Lancashire, English actress (Deidre-Coronation Street)
  • 1954 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (Eldin-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Müjde Ar, Turkish actress
  • 1955 David Marshall Grant, actor (Legs, French Postcards), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • 1955 Leigh J McCloskey, actor (Dallas, Executive Suite, Gen Hosp), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Marc Copage, actor (Corey Baker-Julia), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Doug Savant, actor (Matt Fielding-Melrose Place), born in Burbank, California
  • 1964 Kari Kennell, American actress (Eric's Revenge) and playmate (Feb, 1988), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1964 Sammi Davis-Voss, Kidderminster England, actress (Hope & Glory)
  • 1964 David Morrissey, British actor
  • 1965 Michael Dolan, actor (Hamburger Hill, Liberace), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Lana [formally Larry] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1966 Nan Woods, actress (1 More Saturday Night)
  • 1967 Jim Breuer, American comedian
  • 1968 Brandon Douglas, actor (Dr Quinn, Father's Homecoming), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973 Juliette Lewis, actress (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Jack Guzman, American actor
  • 1978 Erica Durance, Canadian actress
  • 1979 Chris Pratt, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World,), born in Virginia, Minnesota
  • 1985 Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1930 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (19) weds sculptor Blair Gordon Newell

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart

HeartWedding of Interest

1986 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1992 Actor Michael Chiklis (Commish) marries Michelle Epstein
  • 1992 Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 "Bridget Jones' Diary" actor Colin Firth (36) weds Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli (27) in Tuscany, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Home Alone" actor Macaulay Culkin (17) weds broadway actress Rachel Miner (17) in Stone Church in New Preston, Connecticut

  • 2002 "Tuck Everlasting" actor Jonathan Jackson (20) weds "General Hospital" actress Lisa Vultaggio (29)
  • 2012 Actor Aaron Johnson (22) weds film director and artist Sam Taylor Wood (45) in Somerset

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957 Don McBride, actor (Mr Clyde-My Friend Flicka), dies at 68
  • 1957 Donald McBride, American actor (The Seven Year Itch, My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • 1979 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • 1987 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1989 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host, dies at 70
  • 1993 Jerry Strivelli, actor (Out for Justice, Lock Up), dies at 61
  • 1995 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster, dies at 71
  • 2001 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • 2013 Elliott Reid, American actor, dies from hart failure at 93