On This Day in Film & TV for June 24

Events in Film & TV


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1916 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

Actress Mary Pickford
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Mary Pickford
  • 1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • 1953 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1956 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1956 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • 1970 "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters

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1971 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released

Actress Julie Christie
Actress
Julie Christie
Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1976 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • 1980 Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million

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1981 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London

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2006 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland - becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion

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2010 "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by David Slade, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891 Irving Pichel, actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Fred Hoyle, cosmologist (proposed steady-state universe theory)
  • 1919 Al Molinaro, actor (Murray-Odd Couple, Al-Happy Days), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, born in Brooklyn New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Michele Lee, actress/singer (Karen-Knots Landing, Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Georg Stanford Brown, actor (Terry Webster-Rookies), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1947 Walter Willison, Monterrey Park California, actor (McDuff the Talking Dog)
  • 1947 Marianne Delgorge, singer/actress (Ice Cream Soda)
  • 1947 Peter Weller, Stevens Point WI, actor (Robocop, Of Unknown Origin)
  • 1950 Nancy Allen, American actress (Carrie, 1941, Robocop, Dress to Kill), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 David Rodigan, radio DJ/actor
  • 1955 Betsy Randle, American actress
  • 1956 Joe Penny, English actor
  • 1960 Erik Poppe, Norwegian film director
  • 1961 Iain Glen, Scottish actor (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil), born in Edinburgh
  • 1965 Danielle Spencer, actress (Dee Thomas-What's Happening), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1966 Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (The Unbelievable Truth), born in Queens, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1967 Crystal Carson, Spaulding NE, actress (Cartel, Julia-General Hospital)
  • 1967 Sherry Stringfield, Colo Springs Colo, actress (Laura-NYPD Blue, ER)
  • 1967 Janez Lapajne, Slovenian film director
  • 1971 Christopher Showerman, American actor
  • 1973 Alexander Beyer, German actor
  • 1973 Ji Jin Hee, South Korean actor
  • 1975 Carla Gallo, American actress
  • 1977 Cas Jansen, Dutch actor
  • 1979 Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model
  • 1979 Mindy Kaling, American actress and TV producer (The Office, The Mindy Project), born in Cambridge Massachusetts
  • 1980 Liane Balaban, Canadian actress
  • 1980 Minka Kelly, American actress
  • 1982 Mark Penney, Canadian film director
  • 1983 John Lloyd Cruz, Filipino Actor
  • 1985 Kyle Searles, American actor
  • 1986 Kaitlin Cullum, actress (Libby Kelly-Grace Under Fire), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


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1933 Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1983 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer-songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • 2006 "The Desperate Housewives" actress Marcia Cross (44) weds stockbroker Tom Mahoney (48) at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in Pasadena, California
  • 2006 "Numb3rs" actress Diane Farr (36) weds marketing executive Seung Yong Chung (35) at Rainbow Tarns, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Actress and model Megan Fox (24) weds Beverly Hills 90210 actor Brian Austin Green (36) at the Four Seasons Hualalai near Kona, Hawaii

Actress Megan Fox
Actress
Megan Fox

Divorces in Film & TV


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1994 Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman

Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field

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1997 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1962 Lucile Watson, actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83

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1968 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), commits suicide at 44

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1969 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • 1971 Jack Good, actor (Father Goose), dies
  • 1973 Mary Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, 2nd Wife), dies at 99
  • 1987 Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71
  • 1991 Martin Rosenblatt, actor (Splitz, Annie Hall, NY Stories), dies at 74
  • 1992 Juris Podnieks, cameraman/director (Commandant), drowns
  • 1992 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • 1997 Brian Keith, actor (Family Affair), commits suicide at 75
  • 2000 David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • 2005 Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Chris Benoit, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1967)