On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for June 23

Events in Film & TV

  • 1933 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35½ year run on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1956 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1960 "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1961 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1967 17th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Departure" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1970 "Red Skelton Show" last airs on CBS-TV, moved to NBC-TV
  • 1971 WTVP TV channel 47 in Peoria, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1980 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1981 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
  • 1982 Mary Hart joins Entertainment Tonight

Film release premierFilm Premier

1989 Movie "Batman" premieres directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson

Actor Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Actor Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1990 TV Guide selects Arsenio Hall as TV personality of year

Comedian and TV Host Arsenio Hall
Comedian and TV Host
Arsenio Hall

Music releaseMusic Recording

1991 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Emmy 19th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 13th time

Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur Susan Lucci
Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur
Susan Lucci

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011 "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf premieres at the Moscow Film Festival

Actor Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Amy Schumer announces her first world tour during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1876 Irvin S Cobb, Ky, writer/humorist (Old Judge Priest)
  • 1884 Werner Krauss, German actor (Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Joyless Street), born in Sonnefeld, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1888 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1889 Donald McBride, American actor (The Seven Year Itch, My Friend Irma), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1892 Edmund Cobb, Mexican western actor (Motorcycle Gang, Comanche Territory), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Paul Verhoeven, German actor and director (Das kleine Hofkonzert), born in Unna, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), born in Osnabrück, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Maurice Dallimore, British actor (The Collector, Me and My Girl), born in Essex, London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Dennis Price, English actor (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), born in Twyford, England (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Irene Worth [Hattie Abrams], American actress (Nicolas & Alexandra), born in Fairbury, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Miriam Karlin, British actress (The Rag Trade), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Bob Fosse, choreographer/director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929 Dave King, British comedian (Kraft Music Hall), born in Twickenham England
  • 1936 Berend Boudewijn [van der Woude], Dutch TV host/director (Baantjer)
  • 1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Ted Shackelford, American actor (Gary-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1947 Bryan Brown, actor (F/X, Gorillas in the Mist, Kim, Tai-Pan), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1950 Sally Geeson, actress (Bless This House), born in Sussex, England
  • 1953 Roberta Leighton, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1955 Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
  • 1956 Randy Jackson, American bassist, singer, and record producer (American Idol judge), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Person of interestFrances McDormand

1957 Frances McDormand, American actress (Fargo), born in NYC, New York

  • 1957 Lee John [John L Mcgregor], English singer/actor (Body Talk)
  • 1962 Paul LaGreca, actor (Big Trouble), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1962 Kevin Yagher, TV/film special effects technician
  • 1964 Trent Bushey, American actor (David Rampal-All My Children), born in New Hampshire
  • 1964 Joss Whedon, American director, screenwriter and producer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avengers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Richie Ren, Taiwanese actor (Breaking News, Life Without Principle), born in Changhua, Taiwan
  • 1969 Martin Klebba, American actor

Person of interestSelma Blair

1972 Selma Blair, American actress (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde), born in Southfield, Michigan

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair
  • 1974 Joel Edgerton, Australian actor
  • 1976 Patrick Monahan, British comedian
  • 1976 Emmanuelle Vaugier, Canadian actress
  • 1980 Melissa Rauch, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Marlboro Township, New Jersey
  • 1988 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • 1996 Charlie Jones, British actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1996 "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (42) weds Italian artist Cecilia Ermini
  • 2012 "NCIS: Los Angeles" actor Eric Christian Olsen (35) weds Sarah Wright near Jackson Hole, Wyoming

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 "Game of Thrones" actors Kit Harington (31) and Rose Leslie (31) marry in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2016 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), dies at 75
  • 1965 Mary Boland, actress (Boy Trouble, New Moon), dies at 83
  • 1969 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • 1973 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • 1975 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), dies at 64
  • 1980 John Laurie, Scottish actor (Hamlet, The 39 Steps, Jericho, Island of Desire), dies at 83
  • 1980 Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • 1981 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • 1986 Nigel Stock, British actor (Lost Continent, Young Sherlock Holmes), dies at 66
  • 1988 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • 1996 Salah Abou Seif [Salah Abu Saif], Egyptian film director (Bidaya wa Nihaya), dies at 81
  • 1996 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, dies at 69
  • 1998 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • 1999 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), dies of a brain tumor at 78
  • 2001 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • 2006 Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 83
  • 2006 Luke Graham, American wrestler, dies at 66
  • 2009 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), dies at 86
  • 2011 Peter Falk, American actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), dies at 83
  • 2013 Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter, dies at 87
  • 2015 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86
  • 2015 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83