On This Day in Film & TV for October 26

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC
  • 1968 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast

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1984 "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1985 CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles
  • 2015 "Spectre", 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1854 August Kiehl, Dutch actor (Op hoop van zegen, De kribbebijter), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1865 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, who dies aboard the Titanic, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1912)
  • 1875 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), born in London, England (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Margaret Wycherly, British actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1907 Johannes A Apon, Dutch actor (Kaukasische Krijtkring)
  • 1912 Don Siegel, American film director (Escape from Alcatraz, Shootist), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)

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1914 Jackie Coogan, actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1984)

  • 1931 Hank Garrett, actor (Car 54 Where Are You), born in Monticello, New York
  • 1936 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), born in Nimes, France (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), born in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 Maureen Anderman, American actress (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Pat Sajak, TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Marshall Colt, actor (Eric-Lottery), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Kevin Sullivan, American wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Lauren Tewes, American actress (Julie McCoy-Love Boat), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 D. W. Moffett, American actor (Fine Things, Lisa, Chicago Sons), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1956 Rita Wilson, American actress and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 François Chau, Cambodian actor, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1959 Brian Bovell, British actor, born in London
  • 1961 Dylan McDermott, American actor (The Practice, American Horror Story), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1962 Cary Elwes, English actor (Glory, Princess Bride), born in London, England
  • 1963 Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor/producer (Ed, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Kelly Rowan, Canadian actress and producer, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1966 Steve Valentine, Scottish actor (Crossing Jordan), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland
  • 1970 Dian Bachar, American actor, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970 Raveena Tandon, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1971 Anthony Rapp, American singer and actor, born in Joliet, Illinois

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1973 Seth MacFarlane, American animator, television producer (American Dad!, Family Guy) and filmmaker (Ted), born in Kent, Connecticut

  • 1977 Jon Heder, American actor (Napoleon Dynamite), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1978 CM Punk, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Eva Kaili, Greek TV presenter and politician
  • 1981 Sam Brown, American comedian
  • 1984 Amanda Overmyer, American Singer, American Idol (season 7)
  • 1985 Asin Thottumkal, Indian actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Deaths in Film & TV


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1952 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Mammy-Gone With the Wind), dies of breast cancer at 57

  • 1962 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 60
  • 1968 Erich Von Stroheim Jr, American actor and director (Napoleon, Sunset Boulevard), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1971 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • 1971 Vincent Coleman, American actor (For the Freedom of Ireland, Salome), dies at 71
  • 1984 Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • 1990 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1992 Laurel Cronin, actor (Beethoven, Housesitter), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • 1994 Tutta Rolf, actress (Whalers), dies at 87
  • 1999 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82