On This Day in Film & TV for November 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • 1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music awardsMusic Awards

1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell & Tammy Wynette wins

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1980 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts "Saturday Night Live"

Actress Drew Barrymore
Actress
Drew Barrymore
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1983 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)

Film release premierFilm Release

2002 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1863 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (Black Griet) and wife of John Dilis, born (d. 1939)
  • 1890 Robert Armstrong, Saginaw MI, actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong)
  • 1891 Reginald Denny Richmond England, actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman)
  • 1894 Carl Mayer, Austrian-Jewish actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1944)
  • 1907 Fran Allison, American actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in La Porte City, Iowa (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Alistair Cooke, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), born in Manchester, England
  • 1913 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1916 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Dulcie Gray, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, actress (Mine Own Executioner)
  • 1920 Douglas Dick, Charlestown WV, actor (Carl-Waterfront)
  • 1921 Phyllis Thaxter, actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Louis van Gasteren, Dutch actor and director (The House, De prijs van overleven), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Kaye Ballard, actress/comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1926 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Estelle Parsons, Lynn Mass, actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde)
  • 1928 Franklin Cover, actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 Rex Reason, actor (Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor
  • 1932 Richard Dawson, Hampshire England, actor (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Jack Linkletter, TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright
  • 1942 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Veronica Hamel, actress (Joyce-Hill St Blues, 79 Park Ave), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Nanette Workman, American-born Canadian singer and actress
  • 1946 Judy Woodruff, American newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Richard Masur, American actor (David-One Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Samuel E Wright, actor (Enos, Ball Four), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1949 Ray Vitte, American actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Thea Vidale, actress (Family Matters)
  • 1956 Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], actress (10, Tarzan the Ape Man), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1959 Sean Young, actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host
  • 1961 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter
  • 1963 Ming-Na Wen, Macau-born actress (Mulan, ER, One Night Stand, As the World Turns), born in Coloane Island, Macau
  • 1964 Ned Vaughn, actor (The Rescuer)
  • 1967 Jeff Cotler, actor (Brian-Struck by Lightning), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Callie Thorne, American actor
  • 1970 Sabrina Lloyd, actress (Sliders)
  • 1970 Joe Zaso, American actor
  • 1971 Joel McHale, American actor and comedian
  • 1974 Marissa Ryan, actress (Elizabeth MacGillis-Major Dad)
  • 1976 Jason Thompson, Canadian actor
  • 1977 Rudy Charles, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1978 Nadine Velazquez, American actress and model
  • 1982 Margo Stilley, American actress
  • 1985 Dan Byrd, American actor
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor
  • 1989 Cody Linley, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1937 Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford

HeartWedding of Interest

1986 Comedian and actor Steve Martin (41) weds actress Victoria Tennant (36)

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Actor Luke Perry (27) weds Minnie Sharp (24) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

Actor Luke Perry
Actor
Luke Perry
  • 2001 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • 2005 Bollywood actor Zayed Khan (25) weds Malaika Parekh at the Grand Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai, India

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Linda Bollea (46) divorces professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (53) after 23 years of marriage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1968 Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • 1983 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), dies at 83
  • 1983 Richard Loo, actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest
  • 1985 Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • 1989 Lynn Bari, actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies at 71
  • 1991 Gina Petrushka, actress (Exorcist, Sybil), dies
  • 2003 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Jim Siedow, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Robert Altman, American film director (M*A*S*H, Gosford Park), dies at 81
  • 2009 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • 2015 Keith Michell, actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • 2015 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82