On This Day in Film & TV for October 17

Events in Film & TV

1stHistoric Invention

1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

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1939 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart

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1956 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • 1965 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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1968 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • 1988 Rockin Robin beats "Sensational" Sherri Martel for WWF woman's title

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2015 Amy Schumer's comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 Aaf Bouber [Aaf ten Hoope], Dutch actress (Bleeke Bet, Jantjes) and wife of Herman Bouber, born in Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1886 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1993)
  • 1902 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1916 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1917 Marsha Hunt, actress (Jennifer-Peck's Bad Girl, Jigsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Rita Hayworth, NY, [Marguerita C Casino], actress (Gilda, Pal Joey)
  • 1920 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1966)
  • 1920 Rudolf Hrusinsky, Czech actor (Short Cut, Golden Eels)
  • 1921 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Beverly Garland, Santa Cruz California, actress (My 3 Sons)
  • 1926 Julie Adams, Waterloo Iowa, actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red)
  • 1937 Paxton Whitehead, English actor ( Back to School), born in East Malling, Kent
  • 1944 Carol Cole, West Medford Mass, actress (Ellie-Grady)
  • 1946 Bob Seagren, Pomona California, actor (Soap)/pole vaulter (Olympic gold 68)
  • 1946 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • 1947 Michael McKean, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, Saturday Night Live, Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 George Wendt, American actor (Norm in Cheers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), born in Yellowknife, Canada
  • 1949 Bill Hudson, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1950 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Bannister-Wildside, Another World), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1955 Sam Bottoms, actor (Prime Risk, Savages), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1957 Vincent Van Patten, Belrose NY, actor (Apple's Way, 3 for the Road)
  • 1957 Lawrence Bender, American film producer
  • 1958 Gig Gangel Harlingen TX, playmate (Jan, 1980)
  • 1959 Dolph Lundgren, actor (Rocky 4, Masters of Universe) [or Nov 3]
  • 1959 Richard Roeper, American film critic
  • 1959 Russell Gilbert, Australian comedian
  • 1960 Guy Henry, English actor
  • 1960 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Norm MacDonald, Canadian comedian
  • 1965 Connie Ann Hearn, actress (New Kind of Family), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966 Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
  • 1966 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • 1969 Wood Harris, American actor
  • 1969 Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • 1970 Shauna O'Brien, Pasco Wash, actress (Showgirls)
  • 1974 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1977 Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1983 Daniel Booko, American actor
  • 1983 Felicity Jones, English actress (Rogue One), born in Birmingham
  • 1984 Chris Lowell, American actor
  • 1987 Bea Alonzo, Filipina actress
  • 1989 Phoebe Tonkin, Australian actress
  • 1992 Sam Concepcion, Filipino performer and actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 2015 Actress Bridget Moynahan (44) weds businessman Andrew Frankel at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1917 Maria J "Marie" Bakker, actress/wife of Maarten Stranger, dies at 59
  • 1921 Katherine Griffith, actress (Pollyanna), dies at 45
  • 1956 Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • 1966 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • 1970 Vola Vale, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1979 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • 1979 S J Perelman, US humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • 1987 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), dies at 87
  • 1991 J[ames] G Devlin, actor (No Surrender), dies at 84
  • 1998 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
  • 2000 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • 2015 Danièle Delorme, [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • 2016 Eddie Applegate, American actor (Patty Duke Show), dies at 81