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 script supervisor, actress and voice artist (Point Blank, King Kong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Antonia Rey [Francesch], Cuban-born American 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 interestHugh Jackman

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 [Flevaras], Canadian actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital), born in Athens, Greece
  • 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 "Charmed" tv actress Rose McGowan (40) weds artist Davey Detail at the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Activist Rose McGowan
Actress and Activist
Rose McGowan

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 (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • 1967 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • 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 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager, known by the ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling", dies at 57
  • 1985 Johnny Olsen, TV announcer (Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 1989 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • 1990 Max Tailleur, Dutch adjudant to Prince Bernhard and Jewish humorist, dies at 81
  • 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], Dutch actor and writer (Farce Major), dies at 78
  • 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
  • 1995 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 2006 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), dies from heart disease at 87
  • 2011 Heinz Bennent, German actor (Possession, The Serpent's Egg), dies at 90
  • 2011 Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), dies at 87
  • 2013 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, dies at 76
  • 2015 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90