On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 21

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1931 Horror film "Frankenstein" is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

Actor Boris Karloff
Actor
Boris Karloff
Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley

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
Actor
Fredric March
Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1953 WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Comedian Jack Benny
Comedian
Jack Benny

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 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 and Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor and Director
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)
  • 1894 Max Miller [Thomas Henry Sargent], English comedian known as The Cheeky Chappie, born in Brighton, England (d. 1963)
  • 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 stage and screen actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Broadway Melody films), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Roy Boulting, British film director and producer (Desert Victory), born in Bray, Berkshire, Eng (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 (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator, born in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Laurence Luckinbill, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1938 Robert Drivas [Choromokos], American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man, Our Private World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 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, American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are-1980), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1954 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1956 Terri Welles [Knepper], American playboy model (Dec 1980, Playmate of the Year 1981), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956 Cherry Jones, American stage and TV actress (Doubt, 24), born in Paris, Tennessee
  • 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
  • 1966 Troy Aikman, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1992-93, 95; Pro Bowl 1991–96; Dallas Cowboys), born in West Covina, California
  • 1967 Kelly Wearstler [Gallagher], American interior designer and Playboy playmate (Sep, 1994), born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • 1971 Dahlia Salem, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Michael Strahan, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (7 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants) and broadcaster (Fox NFL Sunday, co-host ABC's Good Morning America), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1972 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • 1973 Brook Kerr, American actress (Passions), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 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
  • 1983 Nikki Bella, American pro wrestler, one half of The Bella Twins and reality TV star (Total Divas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1983 Brie Bella, American pro wrestler, one half of The Bella Twins and reality TV star (Total Divas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1984 Jena Malone, American Actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1983 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actor Ed Harris
Actor
Ed Harris

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Demi Moore
Actress
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Actor
Bruce Willis

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1945 Robert Benchley, American 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

Person of interestBill Bixby

1993 Bill Bixby, American actor (My Favorite Martian), dies from cancer at 59

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • 1996 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • 1999 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2001 Gardner McKay, American actor and author (Adventures in Paradise, Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 2017 Rodney Bewes, English actor (The Likely Lads), dies at 79
  • 2019 Gahan Wilson, American author and cartoonist known as the "Michelangelo of the Macabre", dies at 89 [1]