On This Day in Film & TV for October 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1952 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 KCSM TV channel 60 in San Mateo-SF, CA (PBS) begins
  • 1964 WSBK TV channel 38 in Boston, MA (IND/ABC/CBS/NBC) begin
  • 1964 WUCM TV channel 19 in University Center, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1992 Brett "Hitman" Hart beats Ric Flair for WWF heavyweight title

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1840 Helena Modjeska [Modrzejewska], Polish Shakespearian actress (Hamlet), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1909)
  • 1884 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1886 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (Son of the Sheik), born in Copenhagen (d. 1934)
  • 1903 Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), born in Blaricum, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Doris Grau, American actress and voice artist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Antonia Rey, actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1929 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, born in Brighton, East Sussex, England (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Dusan Makavejev, Serbian film director (Man is Not a Bird), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1936 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1942 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), born in Haifa, British Palestine (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Angela Rippon, British television personality, born in Plymouth, Devon, England
  • 1945 Aurore Clément, French actress (Paris, Texas), born in Soissons, Aisne
  • 1945 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Stan Hansen, American professional wrestler, born in Borger, Texas
  • 1950 Susan Anton, American actress (Golden Girl, Spring Fever), born in Oak Glen, California
  • 1950 Robin Askwith, English actor (Confessions Sex Comedies), born in Southport, Lancashire, England
  • 1950 Kaga Takeshi [Shigekatsu Katsuta], Japanese actor, born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1952 Danielle Proulx, French Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1962 Carlos Bernard, American actor
  • 1964 Jo Ann Willette, actress (Constance-Just 10 of Us, Real Genius)
  • 1966 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1968 Adam Rich, American actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1970 Amy Beth Keller, Miss America (Kansas-Top 10-1996), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • 1970 Kirk Cameron, Panorama City California, actor (Mike-Growing Pains)
  • 1971 Ahn Jae Wook, South Korean actor, composer and singer
  • 1972 Neriah Davis, playmate (Mar, 1994), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Irina Pantaeva, Russian supermodel and actress
  • 1973 Rodney Mack, professional wrestler
  • 1974 Karmyn Tyler, Miss America-Louisiana (1996), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1974 Rachyl Hoskins, Miss USA-Kentucky (1997)
  • 1974 Marie Wilson, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Sarah Lane, American television personality
  • 1981 Tom Guiry, American actor
  • 1981 Sneha, Indian actress
  • 1986 Marcus T. Paulk, American actor
  • 1992 Taylor Horn, American singer and actress
  • 1992 Josh Hutcherson, American actor (Hunger Games films), born in Union, Kentucky

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw

  • 1997 "Malcolm X" actress Angela Bassett (39) weds actor Courtney B. Vance (38) in Los Angeles
  • 2003 Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (50) weds fitness model Audrey Murdick (32) at the Sunstone Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • 1951 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), dies at 70
  • 1958 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • 1958 Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1967 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1977 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • 1979 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 1983 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • 1985 Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 1990 Max Tailleur, adjunct prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist, dies
  • 1991 Aline MacMahon, US actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
  • 1991 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1992 Alexander Pola, [Abraham Polak], actor/writer (Farce Major), dies
  • 1992 John Hancock, American actor (LA Law, Love & War), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1993 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), dies from a stroke at 91
  • 1995 Gary Bond, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days), dies at 55
  • 2006 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Heinz Bennent, German actor (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2015 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90