On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 1932 Walt Disney Art School created
  • 1953 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KBYU TV channel 11 in Provo, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 The 1st ever colour television commercial in the UK, for Birds Eye peas, airs on ATV in the Midlands during a Thunderbirds episode
  • 1979 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 2nd time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay (Sam Kinison hosts)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
Comedian Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison
  • 1989 "Batman" film is released on video tape

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1888 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975) birth date disputed
  • 1919 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Edward Asner, American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Lou Grant), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1930 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1931 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1933 Jack Burns, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1939 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940 Sam Waterston, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • 1941 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, born in Helsby, Cheshire (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Bob Gunton, American actor
  • 1951 Beverly D'Angelo, American actress (National Lampoon's Vacation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1952 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), born in Sarasota, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Zoltán Buday, Hungarian born actor
  • 1955 Oliver Conant, American actor (Summer of '42), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (On Body and Soul), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1957 Ray McKinnon, American film actor/director
  • 1966 Rachel True, American actress
  • 1967 Michiyoshi Ohara, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1967 François Ozon, French film director
  • 1971 Jay Harrington, American actor
  • 1972 Jonny Lee Miller, English actor (Trainspotting, Elementary), born in London
  • 1973 Sydney Tamiia Poitier, American actress
  • 1976 Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian
  • 1976 Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, born in Aubervilliers, France
  • 1981 Krysten Ritter, American actress (Jessica Jones), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Laura Smet, French actress
  • 1986 Jeffree Star, American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter
  • 1988 Zena Grey, American actress
  • 1990 Kanata Hongō, Japanese actor
  • 1991 Shailene Woodley, American Actress (The Fault in Our Stars), born in San Bernardino County, California
  • 1993 Saaya Irie, Japanese Actress, singer

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Nerine Kidd (38) in Pasadena, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

1954 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76

  • 1958 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1961 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1961 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • 1967 Alice Lake, American silent screen actress (Frisco Kid, Wicked), dies at 72
  • 1969 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), dies at 75
  • 1974 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), dies on his birthday at 86
  • 1976 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), dies at 72
  • 1981 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • 1983 John Le Mesurier, British actor (The Italian Job, Jabberwocky, Dad's Army), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 71
  • 1988 Mona Washbourne, actress (Blue Bird, Games), dies at 84
  • 1990 Bill E Herndon, actor (Rivals), dies at 54
  • 1993 Evelyn Venable, American model and actress (Death Takes a Holiday, Columbia Pictures logo), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2003 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2004 John Morgan, Canadian comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian model (b. 1985)
  • 2011 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), dies at 95
  • 2015 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), dies at 86
  • 2020 Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor, playwright and poet (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy), dies of COVID complications at 85 [1]