On This Day in Film & TV for November 28

Events in Film & TV

  • 1907 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.

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1932 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1954 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KMVI (now WMAU) TV channel 12 in Wailuku, HI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1957 "Look Homeward, Angel" with Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC

  • 1958 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins
  • 1960 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • 1963 WHNT TV channel 19 in Huntsville, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1975 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

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1986 US Reagan administration exceeds SALT II arms limitations for 1st time

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1997 Final episode of "Beavis & Butt-head" on MTV

Film release premierFilm Premier

2012 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • 2017 India's Supreme Court rejects appeal to block global release of controversial film "Padmavati"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1866 Johannes "Johan" Bakker, Sr., Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, born (d. 1928)
  • 1887 Bobby Watson, [Knucher], comedian, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1896 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Kees Schilperoort, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1923 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Sue-Rich Man Poor Man), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Virginia Hewitt, actress (Carol-Space Patrol), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1927 Chuck Mitchell, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Hope Lange, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in Redding, Connecticut
  • 1932 Terence Frisby, poet/screenwriter (There's a Girl in My Soup)
  • 1941 Laura Antonelli, actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), born in Pola, Italy
  • 1944 Rita Mae Brown, actress (Long Hot Summer, Slumber Party Massacre)
  • 1948 Agnieszka Holland, actress/director (Europa Europa), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1949 Paul Shaffer, Thunder Bay Ont, orchestra leader (SNL, David Letterman)

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1950 Ed Harris, American actor (Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Actor Ed Harris
Ed Harris
  • 1952 Jeff Fahey, actor (Darkman III, Crossover, Serpent's Lair)
  • 1952 S Epatha Merkerson, Saginaw Michigan, American actress (Jacob's Ladder, Terminator 2)
  • 1955 Jeffrey Byron, American actor
  • 1956 Lucy Gutteridge, actress (Top Secret, Trouble With Spies)
  • 1959 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1960 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1961 Jane Sibbett, actress (Teddy Z, Heddy Newman-Herman's Head)
  • 1961 Martin Clunes, British actor
  • 1961 Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City
  • 1962 Paul Dinello, American comedian and actor
  • 1962 Jon Stewart [Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz], American Comedian (The Daily Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • 1963 Armando Iannucci, comedian and radio producer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1966 Sam Seder, American comedian
  • 1967 Anna Nicole "Vickie" Smith, playmate (May 1992), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Stephnie Weir, American comedian
  • 1971 Karin Taylor, Kingston Jamacia, playmate (June, 1996)
  • 1971 Rob Conway, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Kristian Schmid, Australian actor
  • 1978 Brent Albright, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Joel Maximo, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Daniel Henney, Korean model-actor
  • 1984 Joross Gamboa, Filipino actor
  • 1984 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, American actress
  • 1987 Karen Gillan, Scottish actress (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1988 Scarlett Pomers, American actress
  • 1992 Kianna Underwood, American actress
  • 1994 Lola Sanchez, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1986 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game
  • 1998 "The Truman Show" actor Noah Emmerich (33) weds "The West Wing" actress Melissa Fitzgerald (30) in a tent outside Philadelphia's Memorial Hall

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris (58) weds former model Gena O'Kelley (30) at The North Church in Carrolton, Texas

  • 2015 Actor Kelvin Fletcher (31) weds actress Elizabeth Marsland (32) in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60
  • 1963 Fred Uttal, TV host (QED), dies at 55
  • 1963 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), murdered at 23
  • 1964 Charles Meredith, American actor (Court of Last Resort), dies at 70
  • 1969 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!, Freckles), dies at 67
  • 1976 Rosalind Russell, actress (Mame), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1977 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), dies at 75
  • 1978 Andre Morell, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles), dies at 69
  • 1983 Christopher George, American actor (Chisum, Heist), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1986 Herb Vigran, actor (Ernest-Ed Wynn Show), dies at 76
  • 1990 Tamara De Treaux, actress (ET), dies at 31
  • 1992 Bill Kearns, US actor (Playtime), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1993 Garry Moore, TV host (I've Got A Secret), dies of emphysema at 78
  • 1993 Kenneth Connor, English comic/actor (Carry on Sergeant), dies at 75
  • 1997 Georges Marchal, actor (Dirty Game, Blondine), dies at 77
  • 2000 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), dies at 105
  • 2005 Marc Lawrence, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Lyubov Polishchuk, Russian actress (b. 1949)
  • 2009 Gilles Carle, Canadian screenwriter and film director (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (b. 1926)
  • 2016 Grant Tinker, American TV executive (Chairman of NBC), dies at 90
  • 2016 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), dies at 82