On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1933 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US
  • 1947 The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
  • 1957 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32

Music releaseMusic Recording

1970 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1977 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1979 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • 1980 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1985 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"
  • 1988 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
  • 1991 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
  • 1992 Dateline NBC airs a demonstration show General Motors trucks, blowing up on impact, later revealed NBC rigged test
  • 1998 Tori Amos release a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998"

Film release premierFilm Premier

2008 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Actor Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje, It Hippie), born (d. 1973)
  • 1891 Jean Del Val [Gautier], French actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces)
  • 1897 Eddie Baker, American actor (A Man About Town, Collars and Cuffs), born in Davis, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • 1897 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1899 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Lee Strasberg, Austrian acting coach and actor (The Godfather: Part II, Somewhere in the Night), born in Budzanów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Mischa Auer [Ounskowsky], Russian actor (My Man Godfrey), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1967)
  • 1906 Betty Bronson, American actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Charles Walters, American actor, choreographer and director (Lili, Easter parade), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1911 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1914 Archie Campbell, Bullsgap Tenn, comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1917 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestRock Hudson

1925 Rock Hudson, American actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms, Ice Station Zebra), born in Winnetka, Illinois (d. 1985)

  • 1927 Fenella Fielding, English actress (Carry On films), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Peter Edward Cook, Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)
  • 1942 Annemarie Oster, Dutch actress (Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden)

Person of interestMartin Scorsese

1942 Martin Scorsese, American film director (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed), born in Queens, New York

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 1943 Lauren Hutton [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestDanny DeVito

1944 Danny DeVito, American actor (Taxi, Ruthless People, Twins), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey

Person of interestLorne Michaels

1944 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1951 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American pop singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1987)
  • 1951 Stephen Root, American actor
  • 1951 Nasty Canasta, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Drip-Along Daffy"
  • 1955 Yolanda King, actress (Fluke, Ghosts of Mississippi)
  • 1957 Debbie Thrower, BBC News Reader
  • 1958 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (Color of Money), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1959 William R. Moses, American actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRuPaul

1960 RuPaul [Andre Charles], American drag queen, actor, singer and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
  • 1961 Merete Van Kemp, Danish actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy)
  • 1962 Eric Olson, actor (Apple's Way), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1964 Ralph Garman, American actor (The Joe Schmo Show), and radio personality, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Daisy Fuentes, model/MTV veejay (America's Funniest Videos)
  • 1966 Sophie Marceau, French actress (Braveheart, L'Amour Braque), born in Paris, France
  • 1967 Sheila Lussier, actress (Reform School, My Chauffeur), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1969 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1969 Ryotaro Okiayu, Japanese voice actor
  • 1972 Leonard Roberts, American actor
  • 1974 Abbygale Williamson Arenas, Miss Universe-Photogenic (Phil, 1997)
  • 1974 Leslie Bibb, American actress
  • 1974 Berto Romero, Spanish humorist
  • 1976 Brandon Call, American actor (Baywatch, Blind Fury, Step by Step), born in Torrance, California
  • 1976 Diane Neal, American actress
  • 1978 Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (Midnight in Paris, Spotlight), born in Ontario, Canada
  • 1978 Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress
  • 1978 Tom Ellis, Welsh actor (Miranda, Lucifer), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1980 Brad Bradley, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Mercedes Martinez, professional wrestler
  • 1981 Coyote [Nathaniel] Peterson, American YouTube personality (Brave Wilderness), born in Newbury, Ohio
  • 1983 Harry Lloyd, English actor
  • 1984 Park Han-byul, South Korean actress
  • 1988 Justin Cooper, American actor (Liar, Liar, General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1990 Shanica Knowles, American actress
  • 1992 Darian Weiss, American actor
  • 1994 Raquel Castro, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2008 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • 2012 Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (Quality Street The Bank Dick), dies at 67
  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1974 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger, On Approval), dies at 87
  • 1975 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • 1982 Bill Baldwin, announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 69
  • 1985 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1986 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1989 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • 1991 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, American actress, adult film performer and Jerry Van Dyke's daughter, commits suicide at 33
  • 1991 Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1996 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster, dies at 54
  • 1998 Esther Rolle, Bahamian-American actress (Good Times; Maude), dies from complications of diabetes at 78
  • 2005 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (Janosik), dies at 63
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes), dies at 78
  • 2008 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2017 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), dies from natural causes at 91