On This Day in Film & TV for June 6

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 "It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV
  • 1949 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1968 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "Ed Sullivan Show" last broadcasts on CBS-TV
  • 1971 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, GA (CBN) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1983 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host on "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 TV sitcom "Sex and the City" premieres in the US on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "The Bourne Identity" directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon premieres in Los Angeles, California

Actor Matt Damon
Actor
Matt Damon
  • 2010 56th British Academy Television Awards: "The Armstrong and Miller Show" Best Comedy, "Misfits" Best Drama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Alice John serving jail for drug offense granted clemency by US President Trump after Kim Kardashian highlights case

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1842 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1898 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Arthur Askey, British actor (Bees in Paradise, Ghost Train), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Ben Aerden [John Mikkelsen], Dutch actor (Hamlet, Uilenspiegel), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1912 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), born in Barahona, Dominican Republic (d. 1951)
  • 1918 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), born in New Castle, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1918 Kenneth Connor, English comedian and actor, best known for his "Carry On" films, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Viktor Konetsky, Russian screenwriter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Sunil Dutt, Indian Bollywood director, actor and politician (Yaadein, Mother India, Khandaan), born in Jhelum, Punjab (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), born in Farnworth, Lancashire, (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), born in Coventry, Warwickshire (d. 2014)
  • 1945 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946 Lasse Hallström, Swedish writer and director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1947 Robert Englund, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street), born in Glendale, California
  • 1950 Chantal Akerman, actor and director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian (King of Comedy, Nancy on Roseanne), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1956 Marilyn Jones, American actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Amanda Pays, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • 1959 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • 1959 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1959 Josie Lawrence, British comedian and actress (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eastenders, Humans), born in Staffordshire, England
  • 1960 Lola Forner, Spanish actress (Wheels on Meals, Armour of God) and Miss Spain 1979, born in Alicante, Spain
  • 1961 Sydney Walsh, American actress (Maureen "Mo" DeMott in Hooperman), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York, United States
  • 1962 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Jason Isaacs, English actor
  • 1964 Konnan, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1967 Max Casella, actor (Vinnie-Doogie Howser)
  • 1967 Paul Giamatti, American actor
  • 1970 Anthony Norris, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Danny Strong, American actor
  • 1974 Sonya Walger, British actress
  • 1975 Staci Keanan [Anastasia Love Sagorsky], American actress (My Two Dads, Step by Step), born in Devon, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Nina Kaczorowski, American actress
  • 1978 Judith Barsi, American child actress (The Land Before Time), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • 1981 Johnny Pacar, American film actor
  • 1983 Gemma Bissix, British actress
  • 1984 Shannon Stewart, American model
  • 1985 Drew Galloway, Scottish professional wrestler
  • 1986 Bhavana Balachandran [Karthika Menon], Indian actress, born in Thrissur district, Kerala

Person of interestDaniel Logan

1987 Daniel Logan, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2017 Alexander and Ella Clooney, twin children of actor George and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, born in London

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1942 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (36) weds John Hertz Jr. in New York City

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1960 Singer-actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds Bill McDonald

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2014 Actess Melanie Griffith (45) and actor Antonio Banderas (53) file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences after 18 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), dies at 56
  • 1951 Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1956 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74
  • 1962 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • 1964 Robert Warwick, American actor (Konga, Zorro, Lady Godiva), dies at 85
  • 1974 Blanche Yurka, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Cry of Werewolf), dies at 86
  • 1975 Larry Blyden, actor (Joe & Mabel, What's My Line), dies at 49
  • 1976 Victor Varconi, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings), dies at 85
  • 1977 Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69

Person of interestJack Haley

1979 Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • 1985 Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • 1987 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 1991 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1992 Larry Riley, American actor (Soldier Story, Knots Landing), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1994 Barry Sullivan, American actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), dies at 81
  • 1994 John Morey Downs, actor/dancer/singer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Mark McManus, actor (Ned Kelly), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • 1994 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), dies at 82
  • 1994 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), dies from cancer at 80
  • 1996 Glyn Worsnip, broadcaster, dies at 57
  • 1996 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
  • 1997 Magda Gabor [Magdolna Gábor], Hungarian actress (Mai lányok, People vs Zsa Zsa Gabor), dies of renal failure at 81
  • 1999 Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), dies at 88

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

2005 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 2005 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2010 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2013 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2015 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86
  • 2016 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62