On This Day in Film & TV for October 15

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1940 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1951 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • 1953 John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" premieres in New York
  • 1953 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins
  • 1954 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2000 Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts on HBO

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Larry David

Music releaseMusic Single

2013 Dove Cameron releases a single, "Better In Stereo"

Actress Dove Cameron
Dove Cameron
  • 2017 Actress Alyssa Milano tweeting “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Jane Darwell [Patti Woodward], American actress (The Grapes of Wrath, Huckleberry Finn), born in Palmyra, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • 1879 Sara Allgood, Irish actress (Blackmail, Storm in a Teacup), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Ina Claire [Fagan], American actress (Ninotchika), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Fritz Feld, German actor (Jack Benny Show, At the Circus, Errand Boy, Promises Promises), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Mervyn LeRoy, movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock)
  • 1909 Robert Trout, Wake County NC, newscaster (ABC)
  • 1917 Jan Miner, actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1920 Henri Verneuil, French film director (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Nigel Green, South Africa, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File)
  • 1924 Mark Lenard, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Jean Peters, actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Phillipe Leroy, actor (Night Porter, Leonardo da Vinci), born in Paris, France
  • 1934 Peter Haskell, actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Hans Croiset, Dutch theatre director/actor (Witte Waan)
  • 1937 Linda Lavin, actress (Alice, Barney Miller), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1943 Penny Marshall, American actress (Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1945 Jere Burns, American actor
  • 1946 Victor Banerjee, Calcutta India, actor (A Passage to India)
  • 1947 Lynn Lowry, E St Louis Ill, actress (Cat People, Crazies)
  • 1951 Peter Richardson, British actor, writer and director (The Comic Strip Presents, The Pope Must Diet), born in Devon, England
  • 1953 Larry Miller, American comedian and actor (Larry-Pursuit Of Happiness), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • 1954 Jere Burns, actor (Something So Right, Kirk-Dear John), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955 Tanya Roberts, [Leigh], actress (Charlie's Angels, Sheena), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1958 Jayne Modean, actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1959 Todd Solondz, American film director
  • 1966 Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland
  • 1966 Jeffrey Jacquet, Bay City Texas, actor (Mork & Mindy, Whiz Kids)
  • 1969 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1971 Angelia Savage, Miss USA-Florida (1997, top 6)
  • 1972 Matt Keeslar, American actor
  • 1976 Yoon Son-ha, South Korean actress and singer
  • 1978 Devon Gummersall, Colo, actor (Relativity, Brian-My So Called Life)
  • 1978 Takeshi Morishima Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1979 Mahana Ka'ahumanu Walters, Miss Hawaii Teen USA (3rd-1997)
  • 1983 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1992 Vincent Martella, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Actor Rod Taylor (50) weds Carol Kikumura

Actor Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 "Charmed" TV actress Shannen Doherty (40) weds photographer Kurt Iswarienko (37) in Malibu

  • 2016 Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron (30) weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (27) in Morocco
  • 2016 "The Flash" actor Robbie Amell (28) weds actress Italia Ricci (29) in downtown Los Angeles

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2002 Comedian Tom Green (30) divorces actress Drew Barrymore (26) due to irreconcilable differences after less than a year of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1948 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1958 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), dies at 61
  • 1960 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • 1960 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • 1960 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • 1968 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • 1969 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • 1977 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), dies at 77
  • 1981 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • 1981 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • 1982 Elsie Randolph, actress (That'll Make You Whistle), dies
  • 1983 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1990 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages) dies of lung disease at 58
  • 1994 Wilhelmus HL "Willem" Tollenaar, actor and director (Elkerlyc), dies at 82
  • 1995 Phil Sidey, broadcaster, dies at 69
  • 2008 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91