On This Day in Film & TV for October 16

Events in Film & TV

  • 1923 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded
  • 1949 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WETK TV channel 33 in Burlington, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WGNO TV channel 26 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1986 US government shuts down due to disputes between President Reagan and the House

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

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1992 1,700th David Letterman Show

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1992 "Gilligan's Island" TV pilot filmed in 1964 is 1st shown on TV (TBS)
  • 1994 Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), suffers a stroke

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (The Exorcist), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Rex Bell, cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns)/lt-gov (Nevada), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1905 Wild Bill Elliott, Pattonsburg MO, actor (Beyond the Sacramento)
  • 1913 Alice Pearce, American comedienne/actress (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Alice Pearce, American actress (d. 1966)
  • 1921 Michael Conrad, Washington Hgts NY, actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues)
  • 1922 Max Bygraves, actor (Tom Brown's School Days), born in London, England
  • 1922 Robert Urquhart, Scottish actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed, Dark Avenger), born in Ullapool, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Dallas, Texas

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1925 Angela Lansbury, British actress (Gaslight, Murder She Wrote), born in London, England

  • 1927 Lee Montague, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England
  • 1928 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Fernanda Montenegro, Brazilian actress
  • 1930 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress
  • 1931 Rosa Rosal, Filipino actress and humanitarian
  • 1936 Peter Bowles, English actor
  • 1937 Tony Anthony, Clarksburg WV, actor (Treasure of 4 Crowns)
  • 1938 Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • 1940 Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)
  • 1941 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1944 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1946 Suzanne Somers, San Bruno California, actress (3's Company, Step by Step)
  • 1948 Michael Tylo, actor (Guiding Light, Blade-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 Hema Malini, Indian Actress
  • 1951 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • 1952 Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Martha Smith, actress (Animal House)/playmate (July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1954 Stephen Mellor, American actor
  • 1955 Ellen Dolan, Monticello IO, actress (Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT)
  • 1958 Tim Robbins, actor (Bull Durham, Shawshank Redemption), born in West Covina, California
  • 1961 Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • 1963 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Davina McCall, British television presenter
  • 1968 Randall Batinkoff, American actor (For Keeps), born in Monticello, New York
  • 1968 Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • 1969 Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • 1969 Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970 Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1971 Kathryn J Taylor, Miss USA-Kansas (1997)
  • 1973 Peter Polaco, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • 1975 Kellie Martin, Riverside CA, actress (Life Goes On, Cristy)
  • 1980 Jeremy Jackson, actor (Shout, Baywatch), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1981 Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress
  • 1984 Trevor Blumas, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2004 Actor Marlon Brando's son Christian Brando (46) weds Deborah Presley at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2011 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1822 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, dies at 98
  • 1966 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • 1972 Leo G Carroll, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80
  • 1978 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • 1981 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • 1984 Ken Carpenter, TV announcer (Lux Video Theater), dies at 84
  • 1984 Peggy Ann Garner, actress (Ford Theater), dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1985 Claude Stroud, actor (Hobart-Ted Knight Show, Duke), dies at 78
  • 1989 Cornel Wilde, actor (Saadia, Comic, Beach Red, Gargoyles), dies at 74
  • 1991 Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies

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1992 Shirley Booth, actress (Hazel), dies of natural causes at 94

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • 1996 Jason Bernard, actor (judge-Liar Liar), dies of heart attack at 58
  • 1997 Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), dies at 79
  • 1999 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), dies at 78
  • 2003 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 2005 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), dies at 71
  • 2006 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (From Here to Eternity, The King and I) dies at 86
  • 2010 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), dies at 94
  • 2013 Ed Lauter, American actor, dies from mesothelioma at 74