On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 21

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1921 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

  • 1965 KTWU TV channel 11 in Topeka, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1975 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1988 Bat*21, an American war film, is released
  • 2005 52nd National Film Awards (India): "Page 3" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2009 55th National Film Awards (India): "Kanchivaram" wins the Golden Lotus

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2018 Julia Louis-Dreyfus is presented with the Mark Twain Prize, comedy's top honor, at a ceremony in New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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2020 Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions in interview in documentary film "Francesco"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Symphonie Diagonale), born in Lund, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • 1895 Edna Purviance, American silent film actress, worked with Charlie Chaplin (The Kid), born in Paradise Valley, Nevada (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Lillian Bronson, American actress (Next Voice you Hear), born in Lockport, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Carleton Young, American actor (Reefer Madness, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in Westfield, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Andrea Checchi, Italian actor (The Lady Without Camelias, Two Anonymous Letters), born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1974)
  • 1921 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Joyce Randolph, American actress (The Honeymooners - "Trixie Norton"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1984)
  • 1931 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director known as the "Elvis Presley of India" (Amaran, Brahmachari, Vidhaata), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Georgia Brown [Lillian Getel], actress (Study in Terror, Fixer)
  • 1940 Julie Parrish, Middlesboro Ky, actress (Good Morning World, Capitol)

Person of interestJudith Sheindlin

1942 Judith Sheindlin, Jurist and Television personality (Judge Judy), born in Brooklyn, New York

Jurist and TV Personality Judith Sheindlin
Jurist and TV Personality
Judith Sheindlin
  • 1943 Paula Kelly, American dancer and actress (Liz-Night Court), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1945 Everett McGill, actor (Jezebel's Kiss, Silver Bullet), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1948 Tom Everett, American actor
  • 1952 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • 1953 Eleonora Giorgi, actress (Nu de Femme, To Forget Venice), born in Rome, Italy

Person of interestCarrie Fisher

1956 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)

Actress Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
  • 1959 Tony Ganios, American Actor
  • 1959 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • 1961 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • 1967 John Flaherty, American baseball catcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees) and broadcaster (YES Network, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Felicity Andersen, Australian actress
  • 1972 Masakazu Morita, seiyu and actor
  • 1976 Jeremy Miller, West Covina California, actor (Ben-Growing Pains)
  • 1978 Will Estes, American actor

Person of interestKim Kardashian

1980 Kim [Kimberly] Kardashian, American TV personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California

TV Personality and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and Model
Kim Kardashian
  • 1982 Matt Dallas, American Actor
  • 1985 Maximillian Roeg, English actor (Aria), born in London
  • 1986 Alex Kew, British actor
  • 1986 Christopher Uckermann, Mexican-Swedish actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1977 Actor Peter Boyle (42) weds Loraine Alterman at the United Nations chapel in Manhattan

  • 1995 "Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter (48) weds screenwriter Michael Blodgett (56) in Los Angeles

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1777 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), dies at 57
  • 1906 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), dies at 55
  • 1945 Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor (The Black Cat, Bell for Adano, Big Store), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1965 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • 1966 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • 1971 Raymond Hatton, American actor (Girls in Prison, Lady Killer), dies of heart attack at 84
  • 1989 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), dies at 52
  • 2005 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (Judging Amy), shot at 16
  • 2012 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2015 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • 2016 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), dies at 79