On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for June 29

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1940 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • 1953 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 1st draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" released
  • 1966 KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins
  • 1967 Jayne Mansfield, American actress, and Samuel S. Brody, attorney and Mansfield's current partner, die in a car crash
  • 1988 Emmy 15th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 9th time
  • 1989 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time

Film release premierFilm Release

2001 "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O'Connor, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner apologize and remove t-shirts from sale featuring Tupac Shakur and others, after accused of exploiting their legacies

Model and TV Personality Kendall Jenner
Model and TV Personality
Kendall Jenner
Model, TV Personality and Businesswoman Kylie Jenner
Model, TV Personality and Businesswoman
Kylie Jenner

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1896 Irene Browne, British actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart), born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Pride & Prejudice), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Carl-Heinz Schroth, German actor and director (Reaching for the Stars), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Ellen Clara Pollock, British-German actress (Wicked Lady, Horror Hospital), born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Joan Davis, American actress (I Married Joan), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1961)
  • 1916 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Slim Pickens [Louis Burton Lindley Jr], American rodeo performer and actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles), born in Kingsburg, California (d. 1983)
  • 1925 Cara Williams, American actress (Pete & Gladys, Cara Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928 Ian Bannen, Scottish character actor (Eye of the Needle, Gorky Park), born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Pat Crawford Brown, American actress (Desperate Housewives, General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Leigh Snowden [Martha Lee Estes], American actress (All That Heaven Allows), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 1982)

Person of interestRobert Evans

1930 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • 1930 Viola Léger, American-Canadian actress, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • 1931 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter (This Day Tonight), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1944 Gary Busey, American actor (Buddy Holly Story, Star in Born), born in Goose Creek, Texas

Person of interestRichard Lewis

1947 Richard Lewis, American comedian (Marty Gold-Anything But Love), born in NYC, New York

Comedian Richard Lewis
Comedian
Richard Lewis
  • 1947 Michael Carter, Scottish actor, born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • 1948 Fred Grandy, American actor (The Love Boat) and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1957 María Conchita Alonso, Venezuelan actress (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1961 Sharon Lawrence [Sharon Elizabeth], American actress (NYPD Blue, Fired Up), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1961 Kimberlin Brown, American actress (Sheila Carter-The Young and The Restless), born in Hayward, California
  • 1962 Amanda Donohoe, English actress (CJ Lamb-LA Law), born in London, England
  • 1964 Wendy Kilbourne, American actress (Devon-Midnight Caller), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Melora Hardin, American actress (Family Tree, Best Times), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1969 Ilan Mitchell-Smith, American academic and actor (Weird Science), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Samantha Smith, American peace activist and actress (invited to the Soviet Union during Cold War), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 1985)
  • 1976 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Concords), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1977 Zuleikha Robinson, English actress (The Namesake), born in London
  • 1978 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978 Luke Kirby, Canadian American actor (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1979 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, born in Amasra, Turkey (d. 2007)
  • 1980 Mel Peachey, British television personality (PlayMania), born in London
  • 1984 Han Ji-hye, South Korean actress and model, born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • 1984 Christopher Egan, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1986 Iya Villania [Raelene Villania-Arellano], Australian actress and presenter, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987 Yasuka Saitō, Japanese actor (GoGo Sentai Boukenger), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1992 Adam G. Sevani, American actor (Step Up), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1931 Actress Mary Astor (25) weds Dr. Franklyn Thorpe

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for the 3rd time, this time marrying playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 Actress Maggie Smith (32) weds actor Robert Stephens (35) in Greenwich, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
  • 2002 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (43) weds Shelby Roos (29) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands

  • 2005 "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell (39) weds business executive Keith Zubchevich (36) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2015 Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones (33) weds model Dani Lawrence (28) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1943 Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage

Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes
Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), dies from a heart attack at 46
  • 1956 Johan[nes F] Bakker Jr, actor, dies at 62
  • 1965 Sidney Marion, American actor (Outlaws is Coming, Quicksand), dies at 64
  • 1966 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • 1966 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), dies at 63
  • 1967 Jayne Mansfield [Vera Jane Palmer], American actress (The Girl Can't Help It), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 1968 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • 1973 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • 1975 Jerry Verno, British actor (River of Unrest, Ourselves Alone, Sweeney Todd), dies at 79
  • 1978 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), murdered at 49
  • 1986 Ida Mae McKenzie, American actress, dies at 75
  • 1986 Robert Drivas [Robert Choromokos ], American actor (Our Private World), dies of Aids complications at 47

Person of interestLana Turner

1995 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), dies of cancer at 74

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 1995 Roy Rowland, film director, dies at 84
  • 1996 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1997 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1999 Allan Carr, American film producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), dies at 62
  • 2000 Il Mattatore [Vittorio Gassman], Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman, War & Peace), dies at 77
  • 2000 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), dies at 68
  • 2002 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2002 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

2003 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), dies of natural causes at 96

  • 2006 Fabián Bielinsky, Argentinean film director (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), dies at 87
  • 2007 Joel Siegel, American film critic (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Edward Yang, Taiwanese film director (Yi Yi), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2008 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • 2018 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine, Grand Hotel), dies of colon cancer at 85