On This Day in Film & TV for October 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper
  • 1933 Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness" premieres in NYC
  • 1946 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
  • 1953 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • 1955 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS television in the US
  • 1955 WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins

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1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

Actor William Holden
William Holden
Actor Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 1959 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1961 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1961 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1989 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

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2001 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Actor Zach Braff
Zach Braff
  • 2015 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Birthdays in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890 Groucho Marx, [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), born in NYC, New York

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1895 Bud Abbott, Asbury Pk NJ, comedian (Abbott & Costello)
  • 1914 Charles Drake, Bayside actor (Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Shirley Clarke, film director
  • 1929 Moses Gunn, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1938 Rex Reed, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (d. 1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1943 Anna Ford, British broadcaster/actress (Secret Policeman's Ball)
  • 1943 Henri SZEPS, Lausanne Switzerland, actor (Mother & Son)
  • 1946 Roger Jett, Cumberland Maryland, actor (Smithereens)
  • 1946 Eric Peterson, Canadian actor
  • 1948 Avery Brooks, Evansville Ind, actor (Spenser for Hire, Deep Space 9)
  • 1948 Persis Khambatta, actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1950 Ian McNeice, English actor
  • 1951 Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power and actress (Justine), born in Los Angeles, California

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1951 Sting [Gordon Sumner], British actor, songwriter and singer (The Police), born in Wallsend, Northumberland

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • 1954 Lani O'Grady, actress (Mary-8 is Enough), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1954 Lorraine Bracco, actress (Sopranos, Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Kathryn Morrison playmate (May, 1978), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1957 Kimberly Herrin, playmate (March, 1981), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1962 Esai Morales, American actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 1964 Sherry Arnett, playmate (Jan, 1986), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Francesca Dellera, [Cervellera], actress (Capriccio), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1965 Jill Powell, American actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1966 Yokozuna, [Rodney Anoia], wrestler (WWF/NJPW/AWA, Wild Samoan Kokina)
  • 1969 Mitch English, American actor
  • 1969 Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970 Kelly Ripa, actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children), born in Statford, New Jersey
  • 1970 Maribel VerdĂș, Spanish actress
  • 1972 Patricia Gauani, Miss USA-Delaware (1997)
  • 1972 Tara Dawn Holland, American pageant contestant (Miss America 1997), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • 1973 Efren Ramirez, American actor
  • 1974 Simon Gregson [Simon Gregory], British actor (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England
  • 1974 Michelle Krusiec, American actress
  • 1986 Camilla Belle, American actress (Rip Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1993 Tara Lynne Barr, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1955 Actress Joyce Randolph marries publisher Richard Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Actor Christopher Plummer (40) weds actress Elaine Taylor (26) in Montreal, Quebec

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Filmmaker Spike Lee weds attorney Tonya Lewis

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 "Matchbox Twenty" lead singer Rob Thomas (27) weds model Marisol Maldonado in Santa Ynez, California

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
  • 2004 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2011 Canadian stand-up comedian and actor Seth Rogen (30) weds screenwriter Lauren Miller at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, California

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2016 Actress Zosia Mamet (28) weds actor Evan Jonigkeit at the Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York
  • 2016 Actress Lyndsy Fonseca (29) weds actor Noah Bean (37) at Saltwater Farm in Connecticut

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1955 O B Clarence, actor (Penn of Pensnsylvania), dies
  • 1956 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • 1962 Frank Lovejoy, actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
  • 1973 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), dies at 69
  • 1975 Wade Crosby, American actor (Sign of Wolf, Tales of Robin Hood), dies at 70
  • 1985 George Savalas, actor (Kojak), dies at 58
  • 1985 Rock Hudson, actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies of AIDS at 59
  • 1985 Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • 1987 Madeleine Carroll, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • 1994 Harriet Nelson, American actress, dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 1998 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), dies at 91
  • 2005 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), dies at 87
  • 2006 Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)