On This Day in Film & TV for October 6

Events in Film & TV

  • 1927 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)
  • 1948 KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1960 "Spartacus", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1963 Barbra Streisand appears on "Judy Garland Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1969 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1897 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1906 Janet Gaynor, American actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
  • 1908 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1931 Fred Graham, newscaster/journalist (CBS News, Court TV)
  • 1935 Bruno Sammartino, Italian strongman and professional wrestler
  • 1935 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Anna Quayle, actress (Mistress Pamela)
  • 1940 Ellen Travolta, actress (Grease, Charles in Charge), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1942 Britt Ekland, actress (Wicker Man, Asylum), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1942 Fred Travalena, American comedian/impressionist (Buy & Cell), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Michael Durrell, American actor (Shannon, V, Alice, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), born in Peshawar (d. 2017)
  • 1960 Jeffrey Trachta, actor (Thorne-Bold & Beautiful), born in Staten Island, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Elisabeth Shue, American actress (Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II), born in Wilmington, Delaware

  • 1963 Jsu Garcia, American actor
  • 1966 Jacqueline Obradors, American actress
  • 1970 Amy Jo Johnson, American actress and singer
  • 1971 Lola DueƱas, Spanish actress
  • 1972 Ryu Shi-won, Korean actor and singer
  • 1973 Jeff Davis, American comedian
  • 1973 Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
  • 1974 Jeremy Sisto, American actor
  • 1976 Barbie Hsu, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1979 Lex Shrapnel, English actor
  • 1984 Joanna Pacitti, American actress and singer
  • 1986 Olivia Thirlby, American actress
  • 1988 Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
  • 1988 Kayky Brito, Brazilian actor.
  • 1992 Rhyon Nicole Brown, American actress
  • 1998 Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (59) weds for 8th time to construction worker Larry Fortensky (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

1996 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2007 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) weds Rick Salomon (39) at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Former "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald (42) weds Broadway star Will Swenson (38) in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (39) divorces former model Melissa McKnight (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1960 Douglas Spencer, actor (The Thing), dies at 50
  • 1962 Tod Browning, American film director (b. 1880)
  • 1972 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • 1973 Dennis Price, English actor ( Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)
  • 1973 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1975 Henry Calvin, actor (Sgt Garcia-Zorro), dies at 57
  • 1980 Hattie Jacques, actress (Make Mine Mink, Carry On films), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1980 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989 Bette Davis, American actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1992 Denholm Elliott, English actor (Raiders of Lost Ark), dies at 70
  • 1996 Ted Bessell, director/actor (That Girl), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • 1999 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese singer and actress (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler/commentator (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Richard Farnsworth, American actor (Misery, Havana, Sylvester), dies at 80
  • 2006 Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • 2009 Douglas Campbell, Scottish born Canadian actor (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), dies at 78
  • 2015 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66