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
  • 1977 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
  • 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
  • 1980 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station
  • 1985 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"
  • 1988 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World
  • 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"

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1998 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

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2003 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

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

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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)
  • 1900 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), born in Paris, France (d. 1983)
  • 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, actor playwright/TV producer (Heart of the Matter)
  • 1911 Charles Walters, American actor/choreographer/director (Easter parade)
  • 1911 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Archie Campbell, Bullsgap Tenn, comedian (Hee Haw)
  • 1917 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1924 Lucas J "Luc" Lutz, Dutch actor and director (Hague Comedy)
  • 1925 Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Ill, actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms)
  • 1928 Rance Howard, American actor
  • 1934 Fenella Fielding, English actress
  • 1937 Peter Edward Cook, Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)
  • 1942 Annemarie Oster, Dutch actress (Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden)

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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

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

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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, American actor (Misfits of Science), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951 Stephen Root, American actor
  • 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, actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California

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

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul
  • 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 and radio personality
  • 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 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
  • 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

  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1971 Melville Cooper, actor (Diane, Bundle of Joy), dies of cancer at 75
  • 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, actor (Ritz Brothers), 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 Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1996 Johan Fleming Ramsland, broadcaster, dies at 54
  • 1998 Esther Rolle, American actress (Good Times, Maude), dies at 78
  • 2004 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2005 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (b. 1942)
  • 2017 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), dies from natural causes at 91