On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • 1948 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1962 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1987 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike

Film release premierFilm Release

2002 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Pipe bombs sent to prominent US Democrats including the Obamas, Clintons, John Brennan and CNN, but safely defused

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1877 Rika Hopper, Dutch actress (Cesare, The Tars, Anastasia), born in Assen, Drenthe, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Sybil Thorndike, British actress (Stage Fright, Gone to Earth), born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (The Two Orphans), born in Amsterdam (d. 1973)

Person of interestMerian C. Cooper

1893 Merian C. Cooper, American film director and producer (King Kong) and aviator (Kościuszko Squadron, Director-Pan American Airways), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1973)

Film Director and Producer Merian C. Cooper
Film Director and Producer
Merian C. Cooper
  • 1895 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-born American actress and dancer, born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1915 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • 1936 David Nelson, American actor, director, and producer (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)

Person of interestF. Murray Abraham

1939 F. Murray Abraham, American actor (All the President's Men and Amadeus), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1941 Frank Aendenboom, Flemish actor (Lion of Flanders), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2018)

Person of interestKevin Kline

1947 Kevin Kline, American actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1951 Todd Crespi, German actor (Magician), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1954 Doug Davidson, American actor (Paul Williams-Young & Restless), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 John Kassir, American actor and comedian, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1960 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer and broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
  • 1960 B.D. Wong, American actor (M. Butterfly), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian, born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1999)
  • 1969 Adela Noriega, Mexican actress (Quinceañera), born in Mexico City
  • 1971 Dervla Kirwan, Irish TV and stage actress, born in Churchtown, Dublin
  • 1972 Kim Ji-soo, South Korean actress (This Charming Girl), born in South Korea
  • 1981 Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress (Murder), born in Moth, Hisar district, Haryana, India
  • 1981 Tila Tequila, American TV personality (A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila), born in Singapore
  • 1983 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1984 Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer (Rirura Riruha), born in Adachi, Tokyo

Person of interestDrake

1986 Drake [Aubrey Drake Graham], Canadian actor and rapper (Hotline Bling), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake
  • 1987 Lincoln Lewis, Australian actor (Tomorrow, When the War Begin), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1988 Daniel Shalikar, American actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1988 Joshua Shalikar, American actor (Honey I Blew Up the Kid), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1989 Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestPewDiePie

1989 PewDiePie [Felix Kjellberg], Swedish YouTube star, born in Gothenburg, Sweden

YouTube Star PewDiePie
YouTube Star
PewDiePie

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1957 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant

LoveWedding of Interest

1969 "Love Story" actress Ali MacGraw (30) weds film producer Robert Evans (39)

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • 2015 Comedian Tig Notaro (44) weds girlfriend Stephanie Allynne in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • 2015 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1930 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26
  • 1947 Dudley Digges, Irish actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Invisible Man), dies at 68
  • 1958 Esther Delterne, Flemish actress/revue-artists, dies at 81
  • 1963 Beverly Wills, actress (Beverly-I Married Joan), dies at 29
  • 1967 Lyle Latell, American actor (Not of the Earth, Dick Tracy's Dilemma, Sky Dragon), dies rom a heart attack at 63
  • 1981 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • 1982 James Philbrook, actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
  • 1983 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • 1984 Edith Massey, actress (Polyester, Pink Flamingos), dies at 66
  • 1984 Walter Woolf King, actor/TV host (Lights Cameras Action), dies at 85
  • 1991 Gene Roddenberry, creator (Star Trek), dies of cardiac arrest at 70
  • 1993 Tonino Nardi, Italian cinematographer (Porte Manifest), dies at 54
  • 1994 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family), dies of stroke at 54
  • 1997 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Scooby-Doo, Bamm Bamm Rubble), dies at 62
  • 2002 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84
  • 2005 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 2012 Anita Björk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), dies at 89
  • 2015 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • 2017 Robert Guillaume [Williams], American actor (Rafiki- The Lion King, Sports Night, Benson, Soap), dies at 89