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" begins broadcasting on DuMont Television Network
  • 1951 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
  • 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

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

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)
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  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

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 interestGroucho Marx

1890 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1895 Bud Abbott, American comedian (Abbott & Costello), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Charles Drake [Ruppert], American actor (Harvey, Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Shirley Clarke, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1928 George McFarland, American actor (Spanky-Our Gang/Little Rascals), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Moses Gunn, American actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft) who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company (The Blacks, The Poison Tree), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (Armaan), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1983)

Person of interestSteve Sabol

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 and actress (Secret Policeman's Ball), born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1943 Henri Szeps, Australian actor (Mother & Son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1946 Roger Jett, American actor (Smithereens), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 1946 Eric Peterson, Canadian actor (Street Legal), born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1948 Avery Brooks, American actor (Spenser for Hire, Deep Space 9), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1948 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1998)
  • 1950 Ian McNeice, English actor (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls), born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
  • 1951 Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone Power and actress (Justine), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestSting

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

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • 1954 Lani O'Grady, American actress (Mary-8 is Enough), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1954 Lorraine Bracco, American actress (Sopranos, Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Kathryn Morrison, American model and 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
  • 1984 John Morris, American voice actor (Toy Story), born in Paris, Texas
  • 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
Director
Spike Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rocker
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, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 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, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), dies of leukaemia 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
  • 1993 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • 1994 Harriet Nelson [Peggy Lou Synder], 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)
  • 2006 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), dies at 73
  • 2007 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), dies at 79
  • 2008 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)