On This Day in Film & TV for November 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song" airs for 1st time on ABC-TV
  • 1972 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • 1979 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1982 "Gandhi" directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley and John Gielgud premieres in New Delhi (Best Picture 1983)

Actor John Gielgud
Actor
John Gielgud
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
Actor Ben Kingsley
Actor
Ben Kingsley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke

Film release premierFilm Premier

1993 "Schindler's List", American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, premieres in Washington, D.C. (Academy Awards Best Picture 1994)

  • 1994 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1904 Philip Burton, Welsh director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, born in Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire
  • 1911 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (d. 1953)
  • 1912 Gordon Parks, Ft Scott KS, film director/author (Learning Tree)
  • 1913 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1916 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Village of Damned, Question 7), born in Bath, England (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Efren Zimbalist Jr, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, FBI, Scruples), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1920 Virginia Mayo, actress (Out of the Blue, White Heat), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1926 Richard Crenna, actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Robert Guillaume, [Williams], actor (Benson, Soap), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1929 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2012)

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • 1931 Jack Ging, actor (11th Hour, Ripcord, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Alva, Oklahoma
  • 1931 Jack Sheldon, actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1937 Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • 1937 Ridley Scott, English film director (Alien, Blade Runner), born in South Shields, England
  • 1938 Jean Eustache, French filmmaker
  • 1943 Terrence Malick, film director (Badlands, The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944 Dian Parkinson, [Dianna Lynn Batts], Camp LeJune NC, Miss USA (1965)
  • 1949 Margaret Whitton, actress (Good & Evil, Major League), born in Meade, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Kathryn Witt, actress (Lenny, Pam-Flying High), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951 June Chadwick, British actress
  • 1952 Mandy Patinkin, actor/singer (Yentl, Alien Nation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian Actress (The Godfather)
  • 1955 Kevin Conroy, actor (Tour of Duty, Another World), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • 1957 Colin Mochrie, Scottish-born Canadian comedian
  • 1960 Rich Fields, American television personality
  • 1964 Michael Cudlitz, American actor
  • 1965 Ben Stiller, American actor (Ben Stiller Show, Next of Kin, Cable Guy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 David Nicholls, English novelist and screenwriter
  • 1969 Carrie Jean Yazel, Huntington Beach California, playmate (May, 1991)
  • 1972 Christopher Fitzgerald, American stage actor
  • 1973 Jason Reso (aka "Christian Cage"), Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1977 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), born Harvey Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1978 Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor
  • 1982 Elisha Cuthbert, Canadian actress
  • 1982 Clémence Poésy, French actress
  • 1983 Andy Akinwolere, English television presenter
  • 1984 Omahyra Mota, Dominican model/actress
  • 1985 Kaley Cuoco, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Camarillo, California
  • 1987 Ian Hecox, Part of the America Online comedy duo Smosh
  • 1989 Chanel Iman, American supermodel
  • 1989 Margaret Nales Wilson, Filipino model
  • 1990 Kara Crane, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Bette Davis (37) weds artist William Grant Sherry

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1996 "All My Children" actress-model Eva LaRue (29) weds John Callahan (42) under a 500-year-old banyan tree at Koele in Lanai, Hawaii
  • 2005 "Only Fools and Horses" actor David Jason (65) weds Gill Hinchcliffe at Buckingham Palace in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), dies in a fire at 50
  • 1947 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade, Anna Boleyn, Ninotchka), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 1967 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish screenwriterr (Great Hunger), dies
  • 1973 Bruce Yarnell, Los Angeles California, actor (Outlaws), dies at 35
  • 1974 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], American comedian, dies at 79
  • 1976 Fritz Rasp, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl), dies at 85
  • 1979 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • 1979 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • 1981 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72
  • 1994 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart), dies at 86
  • 1995 William Roerick, actor (Guiding Light), dies in car crash at 83
  • 2002 Tim Woods, American professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Jean Parker, American actress (b. 1915)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013 Paul Walker, American actor (The Fast and the Furious), dies in a car accident at 40

  • 2013 Jean Kent, English actress, dies from complications from a fall at 92
  • 2015 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • 2016 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), dies at 88