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
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 "Late Night with David Letterman" airs for last time on NBC-TV

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

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
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
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), born (d. 1957)
  • 1894 Jeanne Eagels, American actress (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)
  • 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 actor (Witness, Target, Iceman, Forced March)
  • 1937 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
  • 1940 Robert Kramer, American actor and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1943 John Beasley, American actor
  • 1946 Clive Francis, 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 actor
  • 1960 Barbara Edwards, Albuqueque NM, playmate of year (Sept, 1983)/actress
  • 1967 Travis Fine, 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
  • 1970 Nick Offerman, American actor (Parks and Recreation), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1973 Aaron Jackson, actor (Mark Winkle-California Dreams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
  • 1974 Matt Striker, American professional wrestler
  • 1977 Mark Jindrak, American Professional Wrestler
  • 1980 Jason Schwartzman, American actor
  • 1984 Aubrey Plaza, American actress and comedian (Parks and Recreation), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1992 Jennette McCurdy, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Mary Pickford
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
  • 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
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2004 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2012 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71