On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 18

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1932 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1932 5th Academy Awards: Fredric March and Wallace Beery in 1st ever tie for Best Actor. "Grand Hotel" and Helen Hayes also win.

  • 1951 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft

Film release premierFilm Premier

1959 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever

  • 1982 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World
  • 1984 NBC premiere of the first part of fact based crime mystery "Fatal Vision", based on Joe McGinnis' novel about Jefferey MacDonald and the 1970 murders of his then-pregnant wife and two children

Film release premierFilm Release

1992 "Malcolm X" film directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett is released in the US

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
Actor Denzel Washington
Actor
Denzel Washington
  • 1993 WWF boss Vince McMahon charged with steroid distribution

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Star Trek: Generations" film directed by David Carson and starring Patrick Stewart premieres

  • 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano (19), of Venezuela, crowned 45th Miss World
  • 1996 "Star Trek: First Contact" film directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres
  • 1997 "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture" album is released by Sony Music Soundtrax

AustraliaRoger the Ripped Kangaroo

2015 "Kangaroo Dundee" wildlife TV series premieres featuring Brolga and Roger the ripped Kangaroo on BBC Two
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Roger poses for the camera
Roger poses for the camera

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

  • 1888 Frances Marion, American screenwriter and actress (Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), born in Mandan, North Dakota (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), born in Fulham, London (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Mickey Mouse, Disney cartoon strip character
  • 1939 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 David Hemmings, English actor (Blow-up, Barbarella) and co-founder of Hemdale Film Corporation, born in Guildford, England (d. 2003)
  • 1942 Susan Sullivan, American actress (Dharma & Greg, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Glen Walken, American actor (Leave it to Larry), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1947 Jameson Parker, actor (American Justice, Simon & Simon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1948 Andrea Marcovicci, American actress (Gloria-Berrengers, Fran-Trapper John), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Eric Pierpoint, American actor
  • 1952 Delroy Lindo, actor (Get Shorty, Ransom)
  • 1953 Kevin Nealon, American actor (SNL, Hot Shot, Coneheads), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1954 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • 1958 Oscar Nunez, Cuban American actor
  • 1960 Elizabeth Perkins, American actress (About Last Night, Big), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961 Steven Moffat, Scottish TV writer and producer (Doctor Who, Sherlock), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1968 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer (Weeds, No Ordinary Family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestOwen Wilson

1968 Owen Wilson, American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1969 Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor (Aboud Ala El Hodoud), born in Banha, Egypt
  • 1970 Phil Buckman, actor (Slash-Drexell's Class), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Elizabeth Anne Allen, American actress
  • 1970 Mike Epps, American actor
  • 1970 Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor and journalist (Fox News, NBC), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1972 Robert Shapiro, American politician/humorist
  • 1974 Christian Schmidt, actor (Mullers Baro)
  • 1974 ChloĆ« Sevigny, American actress
  • 1975 Anthony McPartlin, British actor and television presenter (Ant and Dec), born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • 1976 Mona Zaki, Egyptian Actress
  • 1981 Christina Vidal, American actress
  • 1981 Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor
  • 1986 Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor
  • 1988 Montanna Thompson, English actress (The Story of Tracy Beaker), born in Islington, England
  • 1992 Nathan Kress, American actor
  • 1995 Michael Ward, British actor (Blue Story), born in Jamaica

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1966 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 2000 "Queen" guitarist Brian May (53) weds "EastEnders" actress Anita Dobson (51) in a civil ceremony at Richmond Register Office

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (31) weds actor/producer Michael Douglas (56) at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano, Italy

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Donald Meek, Scottish-American actor (You Can't Take It with You, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • 1959 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1977 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1982 Donald Dillaway, actor (Min & Bill, Platinum Blonde), dies at 78
  • 1986 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • 1993 Fritz Feld, German actor (Jack Benny Show, At the Circus, Errand Boy, Promises Promises), dies at 93
  • 1994 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • 1998 Norma Connolly, American actress (Ruby Anderson-General Hospital, The Young Marrieds), dies at 71
  • 2002 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), dies at 74
  • 2003 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 2005 Harold J Stone, American actor (Spartacus, The Wrong Man), dies at 92