On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 27

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • 1947 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1954 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Film release premierFilm Release

1955 "Rebel Without a Cause", directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, is released

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean
  • 1957 WOWL TV channel 15 in Florence, AL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WCFT TV channel 33 in Tuscaloosa, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1988 "ET" released to home video (14 million presold)
  • 2002 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely
  • 2019 Wes Studi is the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, a honorary award for career achievement

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1876 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, Dutch actress (Un Soir Un Train), born in Pamekasan, Dutch Indies (d. 1976)
  • 1910 Fred de Cordova, American film and TV producer (Tonight Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), born in Manitoba (d. 1963)
  • 1911 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), born in Alameda, California (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Harry Saltzman, Canadian theater and film producer (Goldfinger), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Teresa Wright, American actress (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), born in Safi, Morocco (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Jane Connell, American actress (Jane-Stanley, Bridget-Dumpling), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Mary Kay Stearns, American actress (Mary Kay & Johnny), born in Glendale, California
  • 1932 Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (Trout), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Giorgos Konstadinou, Greek actor and director, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1937 Lara Parker, American actress (Race with the Devil, Dark Shadows), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Person of interestJohn Cleese

1939 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1945 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), born in Barrington, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1945 John Kane, British actor and writer, born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland
  • 1946 Ivan Reitman, Slovak-Canadian director and producer (Private Parts, Ghostbusters, Dave), born in Kom├írno, Slovakia
  • 1950 Fran Lebowitz, American author and actress (Resident Alien), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1951 Jayne Kennedy, American actress (Body and Soul), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestRoberto Benigni

1952 Roberto Benigni, Italian director and actor (Life Is Beautiful, The Tiger and the Snow), born in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

  • 1953 Peter Firth, English actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England
  • 1953 Robert Picardo, American actor (Frame Up, Gremlins 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist (Star Wars comics), born in New Jersey
  • 1957 Jeff East, American actor (Huckleberry Finn, Superman), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963 Deborah Moore, English actress (Danielle-Day of Our Lives), born in London
  • 1963 Marla Maples, American actress (Will Rogers Follies), ex-wife of Donald Trump, born in Dalton, Georgia
  • 1973 Monica Louwerens, Canadian-American actress (Power Rangers) and Miss America-Mississippi (Top 10, 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979 Melanie Vallejo, Australian TV actress (Power Rangers Mystic Force), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1981 Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress (No Mercy), born in South Korea
  • 1982 Patrick Fugit, American actor (Wristcutters: A Love Story), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1982 Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor (Battle Royale), born in Tokyo
  • 1984 Kelly Osbourne, English television personality (The Osbournes), born in Westminster, London
  • 1984 Brady Quinn, American football quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos) and broadcaster (CBS Sports HQ, Fox Sports), born in Columbus, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Actor John Goodman (37) weds Annabeth Hartzog (21) in New Orleans

  • 2005 Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Fonsi Nieto (27) weds model Ariadne Artiles at Iglesia de San Miguel in Ibiza

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1962 Fatso Marco, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • 1964 Sammee Tong, actor (Bachelor Father, Mickey), dies at 63
  • 1972 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • 1973 Allan "Rocky" Lane, American western cowboy actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies from cancer at 64
  • 1980 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • 1981 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • 1988 Charles Hawtrey, English actor (Carry On films), dies near London at 73
  • 1990 Ugo Tognazzi, Italian comedy actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles, The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 68
  • 1995 Mike Dutfield, documentary producer, dies in motorcycle accident at 48
  • 1995 Susi Hush, English television producer, dies at 49
  • 1999 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • 2003 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Denise Borino, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 2010 James Wall, American actor and stage manager (b. 1917)
  • 2015 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), dies at 92