On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • 1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • 1931 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin
  • 1956 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Film release premierFilm Release

1973 Ground-breaking Indian crime film "Zanjeer" directed by Prakash Mehra and starring "The Angry Young Man" Amitabh Bachchan released

  • 1976 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • 1976 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

2008 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

Actress Charo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1841 Ernst von Possart, German actor and theatre director (Bayerische Hoftheater), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1921)
  • 1892 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Most Foul, The V.I.P.s), born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Kent Taylor [Louis Weiss], American actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), born in Nashua, Iowa (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2001)

Person of interestPhil Silvers

1912 Phil Silvers, American comedian and actor (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 1920 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1935 Doug McClure, American actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Juan Downey, Chilean video artist (d. 1993)
  • 1943 Juliet Harmer, English actress
  • 1950 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • 1952 Darrow Igus, American comedian (Fridays, Roll Out), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1952 Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • 1952 Frances Fisher, English-born actress
  • 1952 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1953 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1953 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • 1956 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • 1959 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
  • 1961 Diana Lee[-Hsu], American actress (Licence to Kill), and model (Playboy playmate May, 1988), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

1963 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), born in London, England

  • 1963 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • 1963 Roark Critchlow, actor
  • 1964 Katie Wagner, American TV personality, model, entertainment reporter and daughter of Robert Wagner (MTV), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Tim Blake Nelson, American actor, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
  • 1968 Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • 1970 Nicky Katt, American actor
  • 1970 Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • 1972 Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • 1973 James Haven, American actor
  • 1974 Billy Kidman, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Benoît Magimel, French actor
  • 1977 Matthew Newton, Australian actor
  • 1978 Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • 1981 Austin O'Brien, American actor (Apollo 13, My Girl 2, Lawnmower Man), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1982 Jonathan Jackson, actor (Lucky-General Hospital), born in Orlando Florida

Person of interestCory Monteith

1982 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and singer (Glee; Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith
  • 1983 Matt Leinart, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2004, USC; NFL: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Santa Ana, California

Person of interestHolly Valance

1983 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • 1995 Shira Haas, Israeli actress (Unorthodox), born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1970 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 2001 Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Jean Adair, Canadian actress, dies at 80
  • 1973 Lex Barker, American actor, dies at 53
  • 1975 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 74
  • 1979 Joan Chandler, American actress, dies at 55
  • 1982 Leigh Snowden [Martha Lee Estes], American actress (All That Heaven Allows), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1985 Jorja Curtright, American actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1994 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), dies of stroke at 65
  • 1995 William John Phillips, British actor (Nothing but a Man, Z-Cars), dies at 80
  • 1997 Brenda Carlin, American television producer & wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
  • 2000 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress, dies at 93
  • 2006 Frankie Thomas, American actor & author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2018 Josh Greenfeld, American author & screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), dies at 90
  • 2019 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79

Person of interestJerry Stiller

2020 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld, Stiller & Meara), dies of natural causes at 92

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller