On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for October 6

Events in Film & TV

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1927 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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An advertising  poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
An advertising poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
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  • 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 "The Judy Garland Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 The Supremes release "I Hear a Symphony"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1969 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 "Midnight Express" film premieres directed by Alan Parker starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978 Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" film premieres starring Richard Gere

  • 2000 Swedish comedy drama "Songs from the Second Floor" written and directed by Roy Andersson is released in Sweden

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1893 Earle Hodgins, American film and television fast-talking character actor (Guestward Ho!), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)

Person of interestJanet Gaynor

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

Actress Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor
  • 1908 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1925 Shana Alexander, American journalist (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRichie Benaud

1930 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), born in Penrith, New South Wales (d. 2015)

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 1931 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman and professional wrestler, born in Pizzoferrato, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Melvyn Bragg, British broadcaster (The South Bank Show, 1978–2010), born in Carlisle, England
  • 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 interestElisabeth Shue

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 Dueñas, 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
  • 1986 Yoo Ah-in, South Korean actor (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), dies from diabetes at 50
  • 1962 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), dies at 82
  • 1966 Sydney Chatton, English actress (Once Upon a Horse), dies of heart attack at 48
  • 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 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1980 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies

Person of interestBette Davis

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

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 1992 Denholm Elliott, English actor (Raiders of Lost Ark), dies at 70
  • 1996 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • 1999 Gorilla Monsoon, American pro wrestler (Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame) and commentator (WWF), dies from heart failure at 62
  • 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
  • 2018 Scott Wilson, American actor (The Walking Dead, The Ninth Configuration), dies of cancer at 76

Person of interestRip Taylor

2019 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor