On This Day in Film & TV for November 16

Events in Film & TV


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1981 President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1985 President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1988 President Reagan and the First Lady participate in the official state arrival ceremony, meetings and a state dinner with Margaret Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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)
  • 1896 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)

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

  • 1912 George Petrie, actor (Honeymooners)
  • 1917 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Saint's Day)
  • 1922 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Barbara Payton, Cloquet MN, actress (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde)
  • 1928 Clu Gulager, Holdenville Oklahoma, actor (Virginian, Survivors, Tall Man)
  • 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, 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, Turin Italy, actress (Normal People)
  • 1966 Tammy Lauren, SD California, actress (Angie, Out of the Blue)
  • 1966 Dean McDermott, Canadian actor
  • 1967 Lisa Bonet, SF, actress (Cosby Show, Different World, Angel Heart)
  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • 1942 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpre├č, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart atack at 38
  • 1957 Cora Witherspoon, actress (Quality Street, Bank Dick), dies at 67

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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 Siobhan McKenna, actress (Doctor Zhivago, Hungry Hill), dies 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, actor (Honeymooners), dies on 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 actor (The Equalizer) (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Ronni Chasen, American film publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2015 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), dies at 77