On This Day

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)

Film release premierFilm Release

1961 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno

Film release premierFilm Release

1966 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 1967 Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" film is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1988 "Roseanne" TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
Actor John Goodman
John Goodman

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actor River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Actor and Musician Keanu Reeves
Actor and Musician
Keanu Reeves

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Twin Actress Mary-Kate Olsen
Twin Actress
Mary-Kate Olsen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Blokkade, Ghetto), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 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)
  • 1913 Evelyn Venable, American model and actress (Death Takes a Holiday, Columbia Pictures logo), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Victor Sen Yung [Cheung Young], American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan in Honolulu), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, activist and politician, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Klaus Kinski [Naksynski], German-Polish actor (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Little Drummer Girl), born in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (d. 1991)
  • 1926 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)

Person of interestGeorge C. Scott

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

  • 1928 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), born in Roopville, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1934 Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (d. 2007)

Person of interestPeter Boyle

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

  • 1938 Dawn Wells, American actress (Gilligan's Island -"Mary Ann"), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1940 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1945 Huell Howser, American TV host
  • 1946 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1946 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1947 Joe Morton, American actor (Hal-Grady, Abel Marsh-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1949 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 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 Bollywood actor (Aakrosh, 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
  • 1956 Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • 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 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Burbank, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestJean-Claude Van Damme

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)
  • 1968 Rhod Gilbert, Welsh comedian (Never Mind the Buzzcocks), born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • 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, American actor (Joey-One Live to Live), born in Queens, New York
  • 1978 Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • 1981 Richard Vuu, actor (Last Emperor)
  • 1984 Freida Pinto, Indian Bollywood actress (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), born in Mumbai, India
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actor Lee Marvin
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
Demi Moore
Actor Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1961 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter) dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1972 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • 1973 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • 1973 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • 1975 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1982 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), dies at 89
  • 1984 Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (Voyagers!, Cover-up), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • 1991 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 1993 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1997 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • 2000 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • 2000 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2002 Kam Fong Chun, American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 2005 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
  • 2013 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), dies at 89
  • 2014 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2016 Anthony Addabbo, American actor (Jason-Generations), dies at 56