On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 24

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Noël Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1947 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • 1948 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 "Bicycle Thieves", Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)

Film release premierFilm Release

1966 The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1985 NBC miniseries "Mussolini: The Untold Story" starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Actor George C. Scott
George C. Scott

Sport awardGrey Cup

1991 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 36-21; Argos under new ownership of LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and actor John Candy

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 2012 Gangnam Style becomes the most viewed Youtube video surpassing 808 million views

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1881 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)
  • 1888 Cathleen Nesbitt, British actress (The Farmer's Daughter), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1982)
  • 1888 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Fern Andra [Vernal Edna Andrews], German-American actress (Eyes of the World), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Jerzy Bonawentura Toeplitz, filmmaker/teacher
  • 1905 Ireene Wicker, American singer and actress (Singing Lady), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Andreina Pagnani, Italian actress (Il Commandante), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Libertad Lamarque, Agentinan actress (Madreselva, Puerta Cerrada), born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), born in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Joan Sanderson, English actress (Please Sir!), born in Bristol, England (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Howard Duff, American actor (Flamingo Road, Knots Landing), born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Elise Hoomans, Dutch director and actress (Jane Eyre, Barocco), born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), born in Carroll County, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1919 David Kossoff, British actor and anti-drug campaigner (The Young Lovers, The Larkins), born in Hackney, London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Alun Owen, North Wales, writer (Hard Days Night)/actor (Servant)
  • 1933 Rene Enriquez, Nicaraguan-born American actor (Hill Street Blues), born in Granada, Nicaragua (d. 1990)
  • 1942 Billy Connolly, Scotland, comedian and actor (Blue Money)
  • 1944 Candy Darling [James Slattery], American transgender actress (Flesh, Women in Revolt), born in Queens, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1947 Dwight Schultz, American actor (A-Team - "Murdock"; Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Barclay"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Shane Bourne, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1950 Damon Evans, Balt Md, American actor (The Jeffersons), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1950 Stanley Livingston, actor (Chip-My 3 Sons)
  • 1951 Gaby Landhage, Goteborg Sweden, model (Model of the Rear)
  • 1952 Thierry Lhermitte, French comedian and actor
  • 1953 Glenn Withrow, American actor
  • 1954 Emir Kusturica, Serbian-French film maker (When Father Was Away on Business; Black Cat, White Cat), and punk rock bassist (No Smoking), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 1957 Denise Crosby, actress (Tasha-Star Trek: Next Gen), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1958 Alain Chabat, actor (French Twist, Six Days Six Night)
  • 1960 Amanda Wyss, American actress
  • 1963 Lisa Howard, actress (Days of Our Life, Rolling Vengeance)
  • 1964 Garret Dillahunt, American actor
  • 1964 Brad Sherwood, American comedian
  • 1965 Kim Roe-ha, South Korean actor
  • 1965 Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
  • 1974 Stephen Merchant, British comedian
  • 1974 Taro Yamamoto, Japanese actor
  • 1974 Dave Aizer, US television host
  • 1977 Colin Hanks [Dillingham], American actor (Orange County), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestKatherine Heigl

1978 Katherine Heigl, actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1980 Beth Phoenix, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Morgan James [Grunerud] American Broadway actress, singer and songwriter (Hunter; The White Album), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1983 Meredith Henderson, Canadian actress
  • 1983 Karine Vanasse, Quebec actress
  • 1985 Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • 1998 Bridger Palmer, American child actor
  • 1998 Brecken Palmer, American child actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2000 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California
  • 2001 "Angel" actor David Boreanaz (32) weds actress Jaime Bergman (26) at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California
  • 2007 "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh (28) weds actress Courtney Ford (29) at the beautiful El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • 1977 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire; Flat Top; Valley of Gwangi), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 65
  • 1980 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • 1991 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), dies at 47
  • 1992 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • 1994 Ivo Perilli, Italian screenplay/director (Ragazzo), dies at 92
  • 1995 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), dies from natural causes at 86
  • 2005 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, American actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid), dies of kidney failure at 73
  • 2006 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, dies following a fall at 90
  • 2006 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85
  • 2009 Chan Hung Lit, Hong Kong actor (b. 1943)
  • 2016 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), dies at 82
  • 2018 Ricky Jay [Richard Potash], American magician and actor (Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay), dies at 72
  • 2019 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80