On This Day in Film & TV for November 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1965 Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

Film release premierFilm Premier

2009 "The Twilight Saga: New Moon", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Chris Weitz, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Johanna Albregt, Dutch actress (Dumb August) and wife of Henri Dons, born (d. 1946)
  • 1877 Halliwell Hobbes, British actor (Gaslight, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1930)
  • 1896 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

1907 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1997)

  • 1912 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1917 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), born in Salisbury, England (d. 1963)
  • 1922 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Barbara Payton [Redfield], American actress known for her tumultuous private life (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), born in Cloquet, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1928 William "Clu" Gulager, American actor (Virginian, Survivors, The Tall Man), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma
  • 1933 Guy Stockwell, American actor (Chris-Adventures in Paradise), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Donna McKechnie, actress, dancer (Company), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1944 Charles Jay Hammer, actor (Fletcher Reade-Guiding Light)
  • 1944 Joanna Pettit, British actress (Knots Landing, Cry of the Innocent), born in London, England
  • 1945 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946 Barbara Leigh, Ringgold Ga, actress (Vampirella)
  • 1950 David Leisure, actor (Joe Isuzu, Airplane, Charley-Empty Nest)
  • 1950 John Swartzwelder, American television writer and novelist
  • 1951 Miguel Sandoval, American actor
  • 1953 Griff Rhys Jones, British humorist/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
  • 1957 Jacques Gamblin, French actor
  • 1958 Marg Helgenberger, North Bend Nebraska, actress (China Beach)
  • 1961 Bruno Amato American actor
  • 1964 Harry J. Lennix, American actor
  • 1964 Maeve Quinlan, American actress
  • 1965 Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Italian-French actress, screenwriter and film director (A Castle in Italy, Normal People), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1966 Tammy Lauren, actress (Angie, Out of the Blue), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966 Dean McDermott, Canadian actor
  • 1967 Lisa Bonet, actress (Cosby Show, Different World, Angel Heart), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Suzi Simpson, Athens Greece, playmate (Jan, 1992)
  • 1970 Martha Plimpton, American actress (Goonies, Mosquito Coast), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Missi Pyle, American actress
  • 1977 Mauricio Ochmann, Mexican actor

Person of interestMaggie Gyllenhaal

1977 Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress (Donnie Darko, The Dark Knight), born in NYC, New York

  • 1979 Michael Faustino, actor (brother of David)
  • 1981 Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
  • 1984 Gemma Atkinson, British actress and model
  • 1984 Kimberly J. Brown, American actress
  • 1986 Saeko, Japanese actress
  • 1992 Adam Robert Worton, twin actor (Baby's Day Out), born in Newark, Delaware
  • 1992 Jacob Joseph Worton, twin actor (Baby's Day Out), born in Newark, Delaware
  • 1995 Noah Gray-Cabey, American child actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1987 Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1993 Actor Jim Carrey files for divorce from Melissa Womer after 6 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • 2011 Second season American Idol winner Rubben Studdard (33) divorces Surata Zuri McCants due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1934 Alice Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland, dies at 82
  • 1942 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart atack at 38
  • 1957 Cora Witherspoon, actress (Quality Street, Bank Dick), dies at 67

Person of interestClark Gable

1960 Clark Gable, actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59

  • 1964 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos, Mademoiselle Fifi), dies at 59
  • 1971 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), dies at 90
  • 1971 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Andy Warhol) and socialite, dies at 28
  • 1978 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75
  • 1980 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • 1981 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • 1982 Arthur Askey, British actor (Bees in Paradise, Ghost Train), dies at 82
  • 1986 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 1991 Ralph Marrero, actor (Babe, Johnny Suede), dies in car accident at 33
  • 1994 Doris Speed, actress (Annie-Coronation Street), dies at 95
  • 1994 John Boylan, US actor (Twin Peaks, Sleepless in Seattle), dies at 82
  • 1997 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • 2005 Ralph Edwards, American TV host (This is Your Life), dies at 92
  • 2007 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)
  • 2008 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Edward Woodward, British singer and actor (Breaker Morant, Wickerman), dies at 79
  • 2010 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2015 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, All My Children), dies at 77