On This Day in Film & TV for June 26

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1925 "The Gold Rush", directed, starring and written by Charlie Chaplin, is released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1953 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1962 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1979 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Recording

1984 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 Animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift", directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Buenos Aires

Actor Ray Romano
Actor
Ray Romano

Music releaseTheater Premiere

2013 Peter Ustinov's "The Moment of Truth" opens at Southwark Playhouse in London starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Actress Bonnie Wright
Actress
Bonnie Wright

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1865 George C. Pearce, American actor (The Shadow Sinister, British Agent, Valiant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Josef Swickard, German actor (The Wizard of Oz, Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Coblenz, Germany (d. 1940)
  • 1878 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • 1886 Margaretha C E "Greta" Beekman, actress (Wrong Poes) (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1897 Viola Dana, American actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Peter Lorre, Hungarian-American actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers), born in Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1920 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Eleanor Parker, American actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker), born in Cedarville, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, born in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Josef Sommer, German-American actor (Witness, Target, Iceman, Forced March), born in Greifswald, Germany
  • 1937 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor and director, born in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
  • 1940 Robert Kramer, American actor and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1943 John Beasley, American actor (Everwood), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1946 Clive Francis, British actor (Masada), born in London, England
  • 1951 Pamela Bellwood [King], American actress (Ellen-W.E.B., Claudia-Dynasty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • 1959 Mark McKinney, Canadian comedian and actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1960 Barbara Edwards, American model, Playmate of the Month (Sept, 1983), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1967 Travis Fine, American actor (Ike McSwain-Young Riders), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Person of interestChris O'Donnell

1970 Chris O'Donnell, American actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever), born in Winnetka, Illinois

  • 1970 Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), born in Studio City, California
  • 1970 Matt Letscher, American actor (The Mask of Zorro-Captain Harrison Love), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1970 Nick Offerman, American actor (Parks and Recreation), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1970 Sean Hayes, American actor (Will & Grace), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Aaron Jackson, American actor (Mark Winkle-California Dreams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor and band leader (Cochise), born in Szczecinek, Poland
  • 1974 Matt Striker, American professional wrestler, born in Queens, New York
  • 1977 Mark Jindrak, American Professional Wrestler (Marco Corleone), born in Auburn, New York
  • 1980 Jason Schwartzman, American actor (The Darjeeling Limited), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Aubrey Plaza, American actress and comedian (Parks and Recreation), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1992 Jennette McCurdy, American actress (iCarly), born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1937 Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1955 Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade
  • 1994 Actor Brandon Cruz (32) weds Elizabeth Finkelstein (26)
  • 1996 Actor Kiefer Sutherland (29) weds model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (34)
  • 2010 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas
  • 2010 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
  • 2010 "Shear Genius" TV personality finalist Janine Jarman (29) weds sales executive Matthew Wolcott (33) in Hollywood

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 5th divorce from actor Richard Burton


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Lilian Velez, Filipno actress (Sa Kabukiran), murdered by former co-star Narding Anzures at 24
  • 1965 Reginald Beckwith, actor/writer (39 Steps, Dr in Love), dies at 56
  • 1967 Françoise Dorléac, French actress (b. 1942)
  • 1973 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 83
  • 1982 Charles Russhon, USAF lt col/liaison for James Bond films, dies at 71
  • 1982 Sandy Powell, English comedian, dies at 82
  • 1983 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • 1991 Paul Andor, actor (Mad Lover, Enemy of Women), dies
  • 1992 Geert Vissers, Dutch TV host (Gay Dating Show), dies
  • 1992 Phil Rubenstein, American actor (Tango & Cash, Robocop), dies
  • 1992 Herman Rohde, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1993 Willy C of Hemert, director/(text)poet (Small Truth), dies at 81
  • 1994 Roelof Kiers, VPRO-programmer/director (Macchiavelli), dies at 56
  • 2000 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), dies at 78
  • 2004 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • 2011 Edith Fellows, American actress (Pennies From Heaven, She Married Her Boss), dies at 88
  • 2012 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71