On This Day in Film & TV for October 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Gertrude Lawrence's "Skylark" premieres in NYC

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

Film release premierFilm Release

1944 "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews is released in NYC, New York

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney
  • 1950 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
  • 1959 KTHI TV channel 11 in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2006 "30 Rock", starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan, debuts on NBC

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
Actor Alec Baldwin
Actor
Alec Baldwin

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Sig Ruman [Siegfried Albon Rumann], German-American actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Russell Collins, American actor (Niagara, Close Up, Shockproof), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Liselotte Pulver [Lilo Pulver], Swiss actress (One, Two, Three, Das Wirtshaus im Spessart), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1941 Charles Shyer, American film director (Private Benjamin), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestAmitabh Bachchan

1942 Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor (The Great Gatsby), born in Uttar Pradesh, India

  • 1944 Rodney Marsh, British football player, coach and broadcaster, born in Hatfield
  • 1946 Felton Perry, American actor (Magnum Force, Sudden Death), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Amos Gitai, Israeli filmmaker (Neo-Fascist Trilogy, Golem, Arena of Murder), born in Haifa, Israel
  • 1950 Catlin Adams, American actress (Ms Loomis-Square Pegs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 David Morse, American actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves), born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • 1957 Dawn French, Welsh comedian and TV actress (Supergrass, French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley), born in Holyhead, Wales
  • 1957 Paul Bown, English actor (Watching), born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1961 Neil Buchanan, English television presenter (Finders Keepers), born in Aintree, Liverpool, England
  • 1962 Joan Cusack, American actress (Working Girl, SNL, Addams Family Values), born in Evanston Illinois
  • 1962 Leslie Landon, American actress (Etta Plum-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Nicola Bryant, English actress (Doctor Who-Peri Brown), born in Guildford, Surrey, England
  • 1964 Michael J. Nelson, American actor (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 1965 Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Person of interestLuke Perry

1966 Luke Perry, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210), born in Mansfield, Ohio

Actor Luke Perry
Actor
Luke Perry
  • 1966 Rikishi [Solofa F. Fatu Jr.], Samoan American professional wrestler, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967 Sean Moynihan, American actor (Powell-One Life to Live), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1967 Tony Chimel, American professional wrestling announcer, born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1967 Artie Lange, American actor and comedian, born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1967 Tazz [Peter Senercia], American professional wrestler and commentator, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Jane Krakowski, American actress (30 Rock), born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey
  • 1970 Constance Zimmer, American actress (Unreal), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1971 Natalie Jay, English actress (Baywatch), born in Hendon, London
  • 1972 Claudia Black, Australian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Takeshi Kaneshiro, Taiwanese-Japanese actor and model, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Emily Deschanel, American actress (Bones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Matthew Bomer, American actor (The Normal Heart), born in Webster Groves, Missouri
  • 1979 Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1979 Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler, born in Kentucky
  • 1981 Beau Brady, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1984 Martha MacIsaac, Canadian actress (Superbad), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • 1985 Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress (Harriet the Spy), born in New York

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1997 "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • 2003 "The West Wing" actress Annabeth Gish (32) weds former "The X-Files" stunt man Wade Allen at The Sea Ranch Lodge
  • 2009 "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks (37) weds actor Geoffrey Arend (34) at the couple's favorite Il Buco restaurant in New York City

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1939 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1961 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74
  • 1971 Chester Conklin, American actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed), dies at 85
  • 1976 Connie Boswell, actress (Artists & Models), dies at 68
  • 1988 Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (These Three, Hitler's Children, Lone Ranger), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1988 Morgan Farley, actor (Open Secret), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 1988 Wayland Flowers, ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1989 Paul Shenar, actor (Deadly Force, Dream Lover), dies at 53
  • 1990 Robert Tessier, actor (Nightwish, Future Force), dies at 56
  • 1994 Maja Bulgakova, Ukranian actress (Krylja), dies in auto-accident at 62
  • 1998 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2002 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2009 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • 2013 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), dies at 80