On This Day in Film & TV for October 23

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

1941 Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1952 "Limelight" premieres directed, written, produced and starring Charlie Chaplin and Claire Bloom with appearance by Buster Keaton

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1953 WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1954 WSAU TV channel 7 in Wausau, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast
  • 1962 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins
  • 1972 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • 1984 NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
  • 2012 "Skyfall", 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem premieres in London
  • 2018 Megyn Kelly is criticized after making comments supporting blackface on her NBC show

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American actor and comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1908 Sally O'Neil, American actress (Beggar's Holiday, Moth), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Robert Bray, American actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West), born in Kalispell, Montana (d. 1983)
  • 1918 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1974)

Person of interestJohnny Carson

1925 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), born in Corning, Iowa (d. 2005)

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 1925 Nanni Loy, film director
  • 1928 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1971)
  • 1930 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
  • 1932 Dimitra Arliss, actress (Rich Man Poor Man II)
  • 1935 Jimmy Dale, Canadian orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1938 Jordan Christopher, actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1941 Mel Winkler, American actor
  • 1944 Warren Burton, actor (Jason Dunlap-Another World, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
  • 1951 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1954 Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung
  • 1957 Louann Fernald playmate (Jun, 1979), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1958 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

1959 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1959 Sam Raimi, actor (Indian Summer, Thou Shalt Not Kill Except)
  • 1961 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • 1962 Beatie Edney, actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London, England
  • 1963 Katherine Hushaw, Anaheim Ca, playmate (Oct, 1986)
  • 1963 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Brooke Theiss, California, actress (Wendy-Just the 10 of Us, Good & Evil)
  • 1974 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1975 Odalys García, Cuban actress (Lente Loco), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1976 Cat Deeley, English model and television personality
  • 1976 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1984 Izabel Goulart, Brazilian model
  • 1984 Meghan McCain, American columnist, author, and TV host, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1986 Briana Evigan, American actress
  • 1986 Jessica Stroup, American Actress
  • 1986 Emilia Clarke, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in London
  • 1998 Amandla Stenberg, American actress (Hunger Games), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1918 Actor Charlie Chaplin (29) weds Mildred Harris (17)

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1730 Anne Oldfield, English actress (The Maiden Queen), dies from cervical cancer at 47
  • 1936 (Marie) Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80
  • 1950 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1952 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), dies of complications resulting from pyelonephritis, pneumonia, and starvation at 31
  • 1957 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), dies at 86
  • 1959 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • 1966 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • 1975 Barboura Morris, actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • 1975 Charles Brokaw, American actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • 1983 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • 1983 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1984 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • 1984 Oskar Werner, Austrian film actor and director (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1994 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1994 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1997 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • 2005 William Hootkins, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2011 Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • 2016 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), dies at 92