On This Day in Film & TV for October 11

Events in Film & TV

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

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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", starring Gene Tierney, is released

Actress Gene Tierney
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

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

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 President Reagan bans import of South African Krugerrands to the USA

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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
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)
  • 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 actress (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Liselotte Pulver, Swiss actress
  • 1941 Charles Shyer, American film director
  • 1942 Amitabh Bachan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Indian actor and film producer (Deewar)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, actor (Magnum Force, Sudden Death)
  • 1950 Amos Gitai, actor (Neo-Fascist Trilogy, Golem, Arena of Murder)
  • 1950 Catlin Adams, actress (Ms Loomis-Square Pegs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 David Morse, Beverly Mass, actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves)
  • 1957 Dawn French, Welsh comedian and TV actress (Supergrass, French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley)
  • 1957 Paul Bown, English actor
  • 1961 Neil Buchanan, English television presenter
  • 1962 Joan Cusack, American actress (Working Girl, SNL, Addams Family Values), born in Evanston Illinois
  • 1962 Leslie Landon, actress (Etta Plum-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Nicola Bryant, English actress
  • 1964 Michael J. Nelson, American actor
  • 1965 Sean Patrick Flanery, actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder)

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

Actor Luke Perry
Luke Perry
  • 1966 Solofa Fatu, aka Rikishi, American professional wrestler
  • 1967 Sean Moynihan, actor (Powell-One Life to Live), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1967 Tony Chimel, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1967 Artie Lange, American actor and comedian
  • 1967 Tazz, American professional wrestler and commentator
  • 1968 Amy Louise Taylor, [Kallested], actress (Silent Night Deadly Night 5)
  • 1968 Jane Krakowski, American actress
  • 1970 Constance Zimmer, American actress
  • 1971 Natalie Jay, Hendon England, actress (Baywatch)
  • 1972 Claudia Black, Australian actress
  • 1973 Takeshi Kaneshiro, actor/model
  • 1976 Emily Deschanel, American actress (Bones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Matthew Bomer, American actor
  • 1979 Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress
  • 1979 Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Beau Brady, Australian Actor
  • 1984 Martha MacIsaac, Canadian actress (Superbad), born in Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island
  • 1985 Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress

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, 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, actress (The Lone Ranger, Hitler's Children), dies at 55
  • 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, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Dina Pathak, Indian Actress (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)