On This Day in Film & TV for October 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • 1957 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1960 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • 1969 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

1971 "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Academy Awards Best Picture 1972)

  • 1988 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 2008 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), born in Wappingers Falls, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Andy Devine [ Andrew Vabre Devine], American character actor (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach), born in Flagstaff, Arizona (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Alfred Drake, [Capurro], singer/actor (Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914 Sarah Churchill, actress (All Over Town, Royal Wedding), born in London, England
  • 1917 Helmut Dantine, actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1917 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918 Guido Aristarco, film critic
  • 1919 Gabriel Dell, Barbados, actor (Steve Allen Show)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart, Bardwell Ky, singer/actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face)
  • 1926 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Al Martino, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1929 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive
  • 1933 Paul B Price, Cataret NJ, actor (Busting Loose)
  • 1938 Robert Drivas, Chi, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man) [or 11/21]
  • 1939 Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
  • 1943 Joy Behar, American television personality
  • 1950 Maartje van Weegen, [Walet], Dutch TV hostess
  • 1951 John Cougar Mellencamp, American musician, actor (Jack & Diane), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1952 Mary Badham, American actress
  • 1953 Christopher Norris, American actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Victor Manuel Mar, wrestler (AAA/NJPW, Black Cat)
  • 1956 James Van Patten, American actor (Bo-Chisholms), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Kim Morris, playmate (Mar, 1986), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Dylan Baker, American character actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer
  • 1969 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler
  • 1969 Maria Whittaker, English model
  • 1972 Ben Younger, American screenwriter and film director
  • 1974 Alexander Polinsky, actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974 Allison Munn, American actress
  • 1975 Terry Gerin, American professional wrestler
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician
  • 1976 Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (Midnight in Paris), born in Ontario, Canada
  • 1977 Brandon Quinn, American actor
  • 1977 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress
  • 1979 Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor
  • 1979 Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor
  • 1979 Tang Wei, Chinese actress
  • 1980 Edison Chen, Canadian-born actor
  • 1984 Ikuta Toma, Japanese Singer/Actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 1995 "Cheers" actor Ted Danson (47) weds Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenbergen (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2004 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • 1963 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M), dies of internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1993 Cyril Cusack, South African actor (Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451), dies of neuron disease at 82
  • 1993 Kenneth Nelson, US/English actor (Boys in the Band), dies at 63
  • 1994 Paul Swift, US actor (Egg Man in Pink Flamingo), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 2001 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2005 Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor (b. 1966)
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68