On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 4

Events in Film & TV

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1957 TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
  • 1970 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • 1971 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.

Professional Wrestler Ric Flair
Professional Wrestler
Ric Flair
  • 1980 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1987 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
Actor Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1990 U.S. premiere of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Music awardsMusic Awards

2000 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1886 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1962)
  • 1892 Luis Trenker, South Tyrolean film producer, director and actor (Berge in Flammen), born in Urtijëi, Tyrol (d. 1990)
  • 1894 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Buster Keaton, American actor and comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), born in Piqua, Kansas (d. 1966)
  • 1916 George Sidney, American film director (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Jan Murray, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestCharlton Heston

1923 Charlton Heston, American actor (10 Commandments, Ben-Hur, Planet of Apes), (d. 2008), born in Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1929 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1968)
  • 1932 Felicia Farr [Olive Dines], American model and actress (Charley Varrick, Kotch), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1935 Eddie Applegate, American actor (Patty Duke Show), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Christopher Stone, actor (Dave-Dallas, Interns), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1942 Jenny Arean [Joanna Klarenbeek], Dutch actress (Paul Chevrolet)
  • 1944 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestSusan Sarandon

1946 Susan Sarandon, American actress (Dead Man Walking, The Client) also known for her social and political activism, born in Queens, New York

  • 1949 Armand Assante, American actor (Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Meg Bennett, actress (Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Alan Rosenberg, American actor (Civil Wars, LA Law, Cybill), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1953 Tchéky Karyo, Turkish-French actor
  • 1956 Christoph Waltz, German Austrian actor (Django Unchained), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1957 Bill Fagerbakke, American actor (Coach - "Dauber"; SpongeBob - "Patrick Star"), born in Fontana, California
  • 1957 Kyra Schon, American actress (Night Of The Living Dead), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Anneka Rice, Dutch TV hostess
  • 1960 Jennifer Anglin, Adrian Mich, actress (Cheryl-General Hospital)
  • 1961 David W Harper, actor (Jim Bob in The Waltons), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1961 Mary Ellen Stuart, actress (Frannie Crawford-As the World Turns)
  • 1964 Mark McLemore, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967 Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1967 Liev Schreiber, American actor (Spotlight), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974 Claudia Elena Vasquez, Miss Universe-best costume (Colombia, 1997)
  • 1974 Paco León, Spanish actor
  • 1976 Alicia Silverstone, American actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976 Cabral Ibacka, Romanian actor and television presenter
  • 1978 Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor
  • 1979 Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress (She's All That), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1979 Stefan Booth, British actor (Eastenders)
  • 1979 Caitriona Balfe, Irish actress (Outlander), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1980 Jimmy Workman, actor (Pugsley-Addams Family)
  • 1980 Tim Peper, American actor
  • 1987 Michael Roman, actor (Al-One Life to Live)
  • 1988 Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer (Glee, Supergirl), born in Littleton, Colorado

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1942 Actor Gregory Peck (26) weds real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (31)

  • 1980 "The Princess Bride" actor Chris Sarandon (38) weds model Lisa Cooper
  • 1997 MTV news anchor Tabitha Soren (30) weds "Liars Poker" author Michael Lewis (37) in Garrison, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1971 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • 1972 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • 1976 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), dies at 85
  • 1982 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke at 50
  • 1989 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python, Life of Brian), dies of cancer at 48
  • 1990 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), dies at 67
  • 1990 Jill Bennett, British actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), overdoses at 58
  • 1994 Heinz Rohmann, German actor/dir (Brave Soldier Schwejk), dies at 92
  • 2002 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (Benvenuta), dies at 76
  • 2002 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • 2004 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Tom Bell, English actor on stage, television and film (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Norman Wisdom, English comedian (Kraft Music Hall, Trouble In Store), dies at 95
  • 2019 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), dies at 84