On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 29

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1945 "The Lost Weekend", based on Charles R. Jackson's novel, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1946)

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Actor Ray Milland
Ray Milland
Actress Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
  • 1948 "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC
  • 1948 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1948 KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World
  • 1989 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1991 TV show "Roc" has a gay wedding episode - Can't Help Loving that Man
  • 1995 CNNfn, a financial network by Turner Enterprises is launched
  • 2017 American TV host Matt Lauer is fired from NBC's "Today" show after an allegation of sexual misconduct

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1872 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1879 Sara Allgood, Irish-American actress (Blackmail, How Green Was My Valley), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1895 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Rod La Rocque, American actor (The Ten Commandments), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Genevieve Tobin, American actress (Zaza, Great Gambini, Uncertain Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Mildred Harris, American actress (The Magic Cloak, No, No Nannette), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 1944)
  • 1904 Kay Johnson, American actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), born in Mt Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1908 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1916 Frances "Fran" Ryan, American actress (Stripes, The Long Riders), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Frank Reynolds, E Chicago Ind, news anchor (ABC Evening News)
  • 1927 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1928 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Diane Ladd, American actress (Chinatown, Wild Angels, Wild at Heart), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1939 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Garry Shandling, comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • 1949 Jerry Lawler, American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Nothing But Lies, Elsa)
  • 1954 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1955 Howie Mandel, comedian (Dr Wayne Fiscus-St Elsewhere), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Hinton Battle, American Tony Award-winning singer, dancer, and actor (The Wiz), born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany
  • 1956 Leo Laporte, American television personality
  • 1957 Charles Grant, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1958 Pamela Prati, Million $ Cap (1984)/actress, born in Rome, Italy

Person of interestCathy Moriarty

1960 Cathy Moriarty, American actress (Raging Bull, Bless This House), born in The Bronx, New York

  • 1961 Kim Delaney, American actress (All My Children, NYPD Blue), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Andrew McCarthy, American actor (St Elmo's Fire; Class), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Don Cheadle, actor (Boogie Nights)
  • 1964 Kris Kamm, actor (Stuart Rosebrock-Coach), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964 Cork Graham [Frederick Graham], American journalist, actor and author, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1965 Ellen Cleghorne, comedienne (Saturday Night Live)
  • 1965 Neill Barry, American actor (Old Enough, Heat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 John Layfield, American professional wrestler, born in Sweetwater, Texas
  • 1971 Gena Lee Nolin, American actress and model (Baywatch), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1972 Brian Baumgartner, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1972 Larry Joe Campbell, American actor, born in Cadillac, Michigan
  • 1972 Minoru Tanaka, Japanese pro-wrestler, born in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974 Lin Chi-ling, Taiwanese model, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Anna Faris, American actress (Mom), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1976 Ehren McGhehey, American actor, born in McMinnville, Oregon

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

1976 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 2020)

  • 1978 Ludwika Paleta, Polish-born Mexican actress, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1979 Simon Amstell, English comedian and television presenter, born in Gants Hill, Ilford, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 1982 Gemma Chan, English actress (Crazy Rich Asians), born in London, England
  • 1982 Lucas Black, American film and television actor (Sling Blade), born in Decatur, Alabama
  • 1983 Pamela Brown, American television reporter and newscaster (CNN, ABC WJLA-TV), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1990 Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit, American actor (Full House), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1990 Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, American actor (Full House), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • 2008 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2014 Reality TV personality Snooki (27) weds Jionni LaValle at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in East Hanover, New Jersey

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Actress and designer Mary-Kate Olsen (29) marries banker Oliver Sarkozy in New York

Twin Actress Mary-Kate Olsen
Twin Actress
Mary-Kate Olsen

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • 1953 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1953 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1954 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • 1967 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), dies in auto accident at 47
  • 1972 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1976 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1976 Judith Lowry, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays ...), dies at 86
  • 1977 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
  • 1981 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • 1985 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65

Person of interestCary Grant

1986 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 82

Actor Cary Grant
Cary Grant
  • 1986 Herb Vigran, actor (Vampire, Mark of Vampire), dies
  • 1987 Irene Handl, actress (Riding High, Morgan), dies at 85
  • 1991 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), dies at 87
  • 1992 Robert F. Simon, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; Operation Petticoat; M*A*S*H), dies at 83
  • 1992 Robert Shayne, American actor (Tora! Tora! Tora!), dies of cancer at 92
  • 1998 Giant Haystacks [Martin Ruane], English professional wrestler, dies at 51
  • 1998 Frank Latimore, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • 2002 George "Two Ton" Harris, American professional wrestler (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2004 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72
  • 2005 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 2010 Mario Monicelli, Italian film director (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Alfred Masini, American television producer (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, dies from stroke complications at 41