On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1947 The 1st systematic Hollywood blacklist is instituted, denying employment to American entertainment professionals due to alleged Communist ties or sympathies
  • 1948 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • 1960 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • 1962 WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, NY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 15th National Film Awards (India): "Hatey Bazarey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1996 After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
  • 2013 Disney release “Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media 2015, 2014 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2017 Actress Naya Rivera arrested on a domestic battery charge in West Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 The New York Times names its "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far)", with Denzel Washington at No. 1 [1]

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1566 John Heminges, English actor and member of The Kings Men, editor of Shakespeare's First Folio, born in Droitwich, Worcestershire (d. 1630) (baptism date)
  • 1871 Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor and director (Ghost Hotel, Two Boys), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1883 Percy Marmont, British actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon, Captain Apache), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Vera Reynolds, American silent screen actress (Lawless Woman), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • 1900 Helen Gahagan Douglas, American actress and politician (Nixon's 1st opponent for the United States Senate in 1950), born in Boonton, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), born in Perm, Russia (d. 1983
  • 1904 Jessie Royce Landis [Medbury], American actress (North by Northwest), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1913 Jack Davies, screenwriter
  • 1914 Léon Zitrone, Russian-born French journalist and television host (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Jaap van Meekren, Dutch TV host (AVRO/RTL4)
  • 1926 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1933 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936 Matt Clark, actor and director (Return to Oz, Horror Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939 Rosanna Schiaffino, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1944 Ben Stein, American actor
  • 1944 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Tracey Walter, American character actor (Repo Man; Best of the West), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1947 John Larroquette, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Storm Field [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)
  • 1949 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • 1952 Ernest Harden Jr, actor (Marcus-Jeffersons), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Monique St Pierre, German model, Playboy model (Nov 1978, Playmate of Year 1979), born in Weisbaden, Germany
  • 1961 Amy Gibson, actress (General Hospital)
  • 1963 Kevin Chamberlin, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Seussical; Jessie; Wicked), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Dougray Scott, Scottish television and film actor
  • 1967 Curtis Baldwin, actor (Calvin-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Kazuya Nakai, Japanese voice actor
  • 1967 Gregg Turkington, American comedian (as Neil Hamburger) and musician
  • 1968 Jory Husain, actor (Jawaharial-Head of the Class), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Jacqueline Hennessy, Edmonton, actress (Dead Ringers)
  • 1969 Jillian Hennessy, Edmonton, twin actress (Claire-Law & Order, Paper)

Person of interestChristina Applegate

1971 Christina Applegate, actress (Married With Children), born in Hollywood, California

  • 1980 Josh Lomberger, American professional wrestling backstage interviewer
  • 1984 Gaspard Ulliel, French actor
  • 1986 Katie Cassidy, American singer and actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Abby Phillip, American political commentator (CNN), born in Virginia

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1923 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Actor Phil Hartman (39) weds former model Brynn Omdahl

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2002 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1626 Edward Alleyn, English actor and founder of Dulwich College, dies at 60
  • 1935 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (After 30 Years), dies at 72
  • 1948 Charles D. Brown, American actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61

Person of interestBill Robinson

1949 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
  • 1959 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • 1964 Clarence Kolb, American actor (My Little Margie - "Mr. Honeywell"), dies at 90
  • 1968 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89
  • 1971 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), dies at 84
  • 1973 Laurence Harvey [Larushka Skine], Lithuanian-born South African actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1974 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), dies from diabetes and pulmonary obstruction at 61
  • 1975 Moyna MacGill, actress (Strange Affair of Uncle Harry), dies
  • 1981 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • 1982 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Scaramouche), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1989 Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies
  • 1993 Claudia McNeil, actress (Raisin in the Sun), dies of diabetes at 77
  • 1997 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter), dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1998 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 64
  • 2006 Phyllis Fraser, American actress and children's book publisher (b. 1916)
  • 2010 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • 2012 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), dies at 92
  • 2013 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2014 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), dies at 78
  • 2016 Ron Glass, American actor (Barney Miller, Frank's Place), dies at 71
  • 2017 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), dies at 89