On This Day in Film & TV for October 28

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens

Film release premierFilm Premier

1941 "How Green Was My Valley" based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1957 WMVS TV channel 10 in Milwaukee, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film

Film release premierFilm Release

2001 The indie cult hit "Donnie Darko", starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

  • 2007 "Bee Movie" premieres in the US and the UK
  • 2015 Third Republican presidential candidates debate run by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado
  • 2016 Disney and Alessia Cara release the sing "How Far I'll Go" for the film "Moana"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1756 ALF [Gordon Shumway], fictional Melmacian Alien Life Form from the American sitcom "ALF"
  • 1889 Juliette Béliveau, Quebec comedian (d. 1975)
  • 1895 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Elsa Lanchester, British actress (The Bride of Frankenstien), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1913 Peter Glenville, English stage and screen actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1929 Dame Joan Plowright, British actress (Enchanted April, Brimstone & Treacle), born in Brigg, Lincolnshire
  • 1929 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1988)
  • 1933 Suzy Parker, model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Jane Alexander, [Quigley], actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer
  • 1941 John Hallam, Irish actor
  • 1943 Charo López, Spanish actress
  • 1944 Coluche, [Michel Colucci] France, comedian (My Best Friend's Girl)
  • 1944 Dennis Franz, Maywood Ill, actor (Buntz-Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue)
  • 1947 Tom Fitzsimmons, actor (Franklin-Paper Chase), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathalete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality, and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1952 Annie Potts, actress (Mary Jo-Designing Women), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960 Mark Derwin, Park Forest Ill, actor (AC Mallet-Guiding Light)
  • 1962 Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Lauren Holly, actress (Picket Fences), born in Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Veronica Gamba, playmate (November, 1983), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1965 Jami Gertz, actress (Less the Zero, Crossroads, Solarbabies), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJulia Roberts

1967 Julia Roberts, American actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman), born in Smyrna, Georgia

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
  • 1967 Kevin Macdonald, Scottish film director
  • 1973 Alvin Burke, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, PR, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)
  • 1978 Marta Etura, Spanish actress
  • 1978 Gwendoline Christie, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Worthing, England
  • 1980 Christy Hemme, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Dimitri Liakopoulos, Greek actor
  • 1982 Matt Smith, English actor (11th Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Northampton
  • 1984 Amanda Paige, American model
  • 1996 Naelee Rae, American actress
  • 1996 Jasmine Jessica Anthony, American actress (1408, Water Pills), born in Tarzana, California

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1981 Film director David Lean (73) weds fifth wife Sandra Hotz

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1905 Alphonse Allais, French humorist/writer (Le chat noir), dies
  • 1939 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee), dies at 46
  • 1969 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • 1973 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • 1980 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 John Korbal, film historian (Marlene Dietrich), dies at 51
  • 1996 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • 1997 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1998 James Goldman, American screenwriter/playwright (The Lion in Winter) dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2000 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), dies after a long illness at 86
  • 2002 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • 2005 Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)
  • 2010 James MacArthur, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Gerard Kelly, Scottish actor (b. 1959)