On This Day in Film & TV for June 8

Events in Film & TV


Music releaseMusic Recording

1942 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1948 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1956 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1969 21st Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", Don Adams and Susan St James win
  • 1969 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1983 "Trading Places", American comedy film, is released
  • 1984 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murrary and Dan Aykroyd is released
  • 1984 "Gremlins", American comedy horror film, is released
  • 1989 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 Drag queen RuPaul releases his debut album "Supermodel of the World"

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1903 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1909 Mary van de Berg, Flemish actress (Moutarde van Sonaansee), born in Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (L'imperatore di Capri), born in Salò, Lombardy, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Robert Preston [Meservey], American actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1921 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Big Fix, Mule Train, Ringside, Caged Fury), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • 1922 Myron Healey, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Wyatt Earp), born in Petaluma, Sonoma County California (d. 2005)
  • 1924 George Kirby, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)

Person of interestJerry Stiller

1927 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
  • 1930 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)

Person of interestJoan Rivers

1933 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 1934 Millicent Martin, English actress (Alfie, Nothing but the Best), born in Romford, Essex
  • 1936 James Darren, American actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), born in Wyco, West Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Colin Baker, English actor (Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who, Swallows & Amazons), born in London
  • 1944 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Julie Driscoll, English rocker and actress (33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee), born in London
  • 1949 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Kathy Whitton Baker, American actress (Right Stuff, 16 Candles), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1955 Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl)
  • 1958 Keenan Ivory Wayans, American comedian (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Ursula Buchfellner, German model, playmate (Oct, 1979) and actress (Bloodline), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1965 Chris Chavis, American professional wrestler

Person of interestJulianna Margulies

1966 Julianna Margulies, American actress (ER, The Good Wife), born in Spring Valley NY

  • 1969 J.P. Manoux, American actor
  • 1969 David Sutcliffe, Canadian actor
  • 1971 Amanda Jahn, Miss USA-Missouri (1997)
  • 1971 Mark Feuerstein, American actor
  • 1973 Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
  • 1973 Lucija Šerbedžija, Croatian actress
  • 1975 Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress

Person of interestMaria Menounos

1978 Maria Menounos, American actress, TV star (Today, Access Hollywood, WWE) and 1996 Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, born in Medford, Massachusetts

Journalist Maria Menounos
Journalist
Maria Menounos
  • 1981 Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • 1981 Jess Weixler, American actress
  • 1982 Irina Lazareanu, Romanian-Canadian model

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1977 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 2003 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan
  • 2007 "Desperate Housewives" actor Dougray Scott (41) weds actress Claire Forlani (35) at the Council Common Hall in Pievebobigliana, Italy
  • 2013 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1831 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage, Lady Macbeth), dies at 75
  • 1934 Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), dies in a road accident at 19
  • 1947 Tom O'Brien, actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
  • 1953 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • 1969 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • 1988 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • 1988 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • 1991 Bertice Reading, Dutch actress (Moon in the Gutter), dies
  • 1994 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 1996 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft), dies at 70
  • 1996 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), dies at 75
  • 2006 Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Frank Cady, American actor (Rear Window, Green Acres), dies at 96
  • 2018 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), dies at 90
  • 2018 Anthony Bourdain, American-French celebrity chef, author, and TV personality considered one of the most influential chefs in the world (No Reservations, Parts Unknown), commits suicide by hanging at 61