On This Day in Film & TV for November 21

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1946 "The Best Years of Our Lives", film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor's novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)

Actor Fredric March
Fredric March
Actress Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
  • 1953 WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus

Film release premierFilm Premier

1976 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Music release#1 in the Charts

1981 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1987 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle
  • 2017 CBS TV host Charlie Rose is fired after allegations of sexual harassment by eight women

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1894 Corinne Griffith, American actress dubbed "The Orchid Lady of the Screen" (3 Hours, Lilies of Field), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Jobyna Ralston, American actress (For Heaven's Sake), born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Alice Calhoun, American Silent film actress (Flowing Gold), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Charles Korvin [Geza Korvin Karpathi], Austrian actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), born in Piestany, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Roy Boulting, British film director (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Steve Brodie [John Stevenson], American actor (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), born in A Coruña, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Joseph Campanella, American character actor (Guiding Light, Mannix), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator
  • 1934 Laurence Luckinbill, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1938 Robert Drivas, [Choromokos], actor (Our Private World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1941 Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII), born in London, England
  • 1942 Tweety [Pie], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Bob Clampett and Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "A Tale of Two Kitties"
  • 1942 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1944 Harold Ramis, actor and director (SCTV, Stripes), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Goldie Hawn, American actress (The First Wives Club, Private Benjamin), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1946 Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
  • 1949 Nickolas Grace, Cheshire England, actor (Diamond's Edge)
  • 1952 Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952 Lorna Luft, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1954 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1956 Terri Welles, [Knepper], California, playmate of the year (Dec, 1980)
  • 1963 Nicollette Sheridan, British actress (Paige-Knots Landing), born in Worthing, England
  • 1964 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Miss America (1991), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1965 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • 1967 Kelly Gallagher, Myrtle Beach SC, playmate (Sep, 1994)
  • 1971 Dahlia Salem, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • 1973 Brook Kerr, American actress
  • 1973 Inés Sastre, Spanish model and actress
  • 1975 Cherie Johnson, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress
  • 1978 Sara Tanaka, American actress
  • 1980 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress and presenter, born in Hong Kong
  • 1982 Aarti Chhabria, Indian Bollywood actress and Miss India Worldwide 2000, born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1984 Jena Malone, American Actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1983 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Actor Ed Harris (33) weds actress Amy Madigan (33)

Actor Ed Harris
Ed Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

1987 Actress Demi Moore weds actor Bruce Willis at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Actress Demi Moore
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (34) weds actor Brian Hallisay (34)

  • 2015 Actress Sofia Vergara (43) weds True Blood star Joe Manganiello (38) in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1945 Robert Benchley, US humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56
  • 1963 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1967 Florence Reed, actress (Black Panther Club), dies after illness at 84
  • 1976 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
  • 1981 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • 1982 Lee Patrick, actress (Henrietta-Topper, Maltese Falcon), dies at 75
  • 1986 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • 1986 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 1986 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1990 Dean Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1954)
  • 1993 Christopher Frank, director/actor (Annee Des Meduses), dies at 50
  • 1996 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • 1999 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), dies at 86
  • 2010 Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (b. 1949)
  • 2013 Maurice Vachon, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 84
  • 2015 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), dies at 86
  • 2017 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67