On This Day in Film & TV for October 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1922 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1953 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • 1961 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
  • 1966 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released
  • 1967 Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" film is released

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1975 Simon & Garfunkel reunite on "Saturday Night Live", sing "My Little Town"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1980 Brooke Alexander, 18, of Hawaii, crowned Miss World USA

Film release premierFilm Release

1991 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

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2012 Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are honoured for their work with fashion label The Row at the WSJ Magazine's Innovator Of The Year Awards in New York City

Actress and fashion designer Ashley Olsen
Actress and fashion designer
Ashley Olsen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Blokkade, Ghetto), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1892 Leo G. Carroll, English actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), born in Weedon (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian singer and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, From Russia with Love), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Barbara Brown, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Miriam Hopkins, American actress (Becky Sharp, These Three), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Albertus "Bert" Botterman, actor (Bridge Too Far)
  • 1915 Victor Sen Yung, actor (Hop Sing-Bonanza, Bachelor Family), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1918 Bobby Troup, pianist/actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1920 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and political activist (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Polish actor (Little Drummer Girl)

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1927 George C. Scott, American actor and director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove), born in Wise, Virginia (d. 1999)

  • 1928 Keith Jackson, Carrolton Ga, sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football)
  • 1934 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1934 Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (d. 2007)

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1935 Peter Boyle, American actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

  • 1938 Dawn Wells, American actress
  • 1945 Huell Howser, American TV host
  • 1946 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1946 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer
  • 1947 Joe Morton, American actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1950 Merry Martin, actress (Leslie-Peter Loves Mary), born in Camden, Michigan
  • 1950 Sheila White, actress (I Claudius), born in London, England
  • 1950 Om Puri, Indian actor (Ardh Satya), born in Ambala, Haryana
  • 1951 Pam Dawber, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Liz Burch, Australian actress
  • 1955 Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1955 David Twohy, American movie director and screenwriter
  • 1957 Jon Lindstrom, Medford Ore, actor (Kevin Collins-General Hospital)
  • 1958 Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • 1959 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • 1959 John Nord, former American pro wrestler
  • 1960 Emily Arth, playmate (Jun, 1988), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1960 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Burbank, California (d. 2017)

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1960 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Double Impact, Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1962 Vincent Spano, actor (Alphabet City, Maria's Lovers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Angela Visser, Neth, Miss Universe (1989)
  • 1971 Tammy Harris, Williamstown NY, Miss America-New York State (1997)
  • 1972 Jake Farrow, American actor (Drake & Josh)
  • 1974 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • 1977 Chris McKenna, actor (Joey-One Live to Live), born in Queens, New York
  • 1978 Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • 1981 Richard Vuu, actor (Last Emperor)
  • 1987 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • 1987 Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • 1990 Carly Schroeder, American actress
  • 1991 Tyler Posey, American actor
  • 1998 Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress
  • 2001 Annelise Manojlovic, English actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1952 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Marvin (40)

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • 2011 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland
  • 2014 "Glee" TV star Matthew Morrison (35) weds Renee Puente at a private home on the island of Maui

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2000 Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Actress Demi Moore
Actress
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Actor
Bruce Willis

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1961 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1965 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91
  • 1966 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1968 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1973 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • 1975 Al Lettieri, actor (Beautiful but Deadly, Don is Dead), dies at 47
  • 1982 Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • 1984 Jon-Erik Hexum, actor (Bear), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • 1993 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1995 Bryan Johnson, singer/actor, dies at 69
  • 1997 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 2000 Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
  • 2005 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)