On This Day in Film & TV for November 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1911 Audience throws vegetables at actors for 1st recorded time in US
  • 1920 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film
  • 1952 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • 1961 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1977 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances

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1991 Undertaker beats Hulk Hogan to become new WWF champ

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1993 Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica, crowned 43rd Miss World

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2013 "Frozen", the highest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is released

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel

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2017 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement

Actress Meghan Markle
Actress
Meghan Markle

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1809 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • 1903 Mona Washbourne, British actress (Stevie, Billie Liar, Driver's Seat), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Astrid Allwyn, American actress (Charlie Chan's Secret), born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Robert Dougall, English TV host
  • 1915 Caro van Eyck, [Gerarda JE Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (Medea)
  • 1917 "Buffalo" Bob Smith, TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1920 David Waller, actor (Shadowlands, Work is a 4 Letter Word)
  • 1920 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Ernie Wise, England, comedian (Morecambe & Wise)
  • 1925 Marshall Thompson, Peoria Ill, actor (Bog, To Hell & Back, Daktari)
  • 1925 Michael Tolan, actor (Nurses, Senator), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1928 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer (1st producer of Doctor Who, The Naked Civil Servant), born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Les Blank, American documentary filmmaker

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1940 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Chinese-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1940 John Alderton, Gainsborough England, actor (Zardoz)
  • 1945 Barbara Anderson, actress (Eve-Ironside, Mission Impossible), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 James Avery, Pughsville, Virginia, actor (Fresh Prince of Bell Air), (d. 2013)
  • 1950 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1951 Jayne Kennedy, sportscaster (CBS)/actress (Body & Soul), born in Washington, D.C.

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1951 Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer and writer (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), born in San Carlos, California

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 1953 Curtis Armstrong, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Patricia McPherson, American actress (Knight Rider), born in Oak Harbor, Washington
  • 1954 Kimmy Robertson, American actress best known for her role as Lucy Moran in the TV series Twin Peaks
  • 1955 Bill Nye, the Science Guy, TV Host
  • 1956 William Fichtner, American actor
  • 1961 Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian
  • 1962 Arlene Baxter, Oceanside CA, playmate (Dec, 1993)
  • 1963 Fisher Stevens, actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Rebecca Michelle Ferratti, Helena MT, playmate (Jun, 1986)
  • 1966 Andy Merrill, American voice actor
  • 1968 Michael Vartan, French actor
  • 1970 Patricia Zentilli, Canadian actress
  • 1971 Linette Mertz, Kutztown Penns, Miss America-Penns (1996)
  • 1971 Rhonda Adams, playmate (Jun, 1995), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1971 Kirk Acevedo, American actor (Oz, The Thin Red Line), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Samantha Harris, American model and host
  • 1973 Evan Karagias, American professional wrestler
  • 1976 Jaleel White, actor (Steve Urkel-Family Matters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Joshua Harris, actor (Locked Up: A Mother's Rage)
  • 1981 Gary Lucy, English actor (The Bill), born in Chigwell, Essex
  • 1985 Alison Pill, Canadian actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1960 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 6th time to Frederick May
  • 1993 Actress Teri Garr (44) weds building contractor John O'Neil (42) at the Twin Dolphins Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2006 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) divorces singer Kid Rock (36) due to irreconcilable differences only 4 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Actress Selma Blair (34) divorces actor-rocker Ahmet Zappa (32) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 2 years of marriage

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2013 Actor Ashton Kutcher (35) divorces actress Demi Moore (51) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (b. 1899)
  • 1932 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), dies at 36
  • 1949 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), dies at 66
  • 1959 Gerard Philipe, actor/dir (La Ronde, Gambler), dies of cancer at 36
  • 1965 Harry Harvey Sr, actor (It's a Man's World), dies at 64
  • 1967 Cameron Prud'Homme, actor (Rainmaker), dies after long illness at 75
  • 1981 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1986 Steve Tracy, actor (Percival-Little House on Praire), dies at 61
  • 1988 Angela Aames, actress (Lost Empire, Basic Training), dies
  • 1988 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 1990 David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), dies at 74
  • 1999 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Lewis Collins, British actor, dies from cancer at 67