On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for November 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Jackie Robinson accuses the NY Yankees of racial bias on national television

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1958 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1971 Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie "Brian's Song", about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers' autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 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)

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
Actor John Gielgud
John Gielgud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 American 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
  • 2017 Disney announces it has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei to play Mulan in up-coming live action film

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1904 Philip Burton, Welsh director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, born in Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire
  • 1911 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (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
  • 1914 Charles Hawtrey [Hartree], English actor (Carry On films), born in Hounslow, England (d. 1988)
  • 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 [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Robert Guillaume [Williams], American actor (Rafiki- The Lion King, Sports Night, Benson, Soap), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestDick Clark

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

Radio and TV Personality Dick Clark
Radio and TV Personality
Dick Clark
  • 1931 Jack Ging, American actor (11th Hour, Ripcord, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Alva, Oklahoma
  • 1931 Jack Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter, singer, and 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], American model (The Price Is Right) and Miss USA 1965, born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 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, American actor and singer (Yentl, The Princess Bride, Homeland), 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
  • 1961 Tony Armatrading, British stage and screen actor (Colour Blind; Notting Hill), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1968 DuShon Monique Brown, American actor (Prison Break, Connie-Chicago Fire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1972 Christopher Fitzgerald, American stage actor
  • 1973 Jason Reso (aka "Christian Cage"), Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1974 Marina de Tavira, Mexican actress (Roma), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1977 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), born in Harvey Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1978 Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor
  • 1982 Elisha Cuthbert, Canadian actress (24), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1982 Clémence Poésy, French actress
  • 1983 Andy Akinwolere, English television presenter
  • 1984 Omahyra Mota, Dominican model/actress

Person of interestKaley Cuoco

1985 Kaley Cuoco, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in Camarillo, California

Actress Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco

Person of interestChrissy Teigen

1985 Chrissy Teigen, American model, born in Delta, Utah

Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen
  • 1987 Ian Hecox, Part of the America Online comedy duo Smosh
  • 1989 Chanel Iman, American supermodel (Victoria's Secret Angel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1989 Margaret Nales Wilson, Filipino model
  • 1990 Kara Crane, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Bette Davis
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, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, dies at 35 when the single‐engine plane he was piloting crashes on a mountain slope in northern Los Angeles County [1]
  • 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
  • 1985 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), dies at 58
  • 1994 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), dies at 86
  • 1995 William Roerick, American actor (The Wasp Woman, Guiding Light), dies in car crash at 83
  • 2002 Tim Woods, American professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Jean Parker [Luise-Stephanie Zelinska], American actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women), dies of complications from a stroke at 90

Person of interestPaul Walker

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

  • 2013 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), 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
  • 2017 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), dies from health complications at 87