On This Day in Film & TV for October 8

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

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1942 Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1944 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio
  • 1953 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
  • 1958 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

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1981 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1984 NBC's premiere of TV made "The Burning Bed", based on Francine Hughes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1861 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1928)
  • 1863 Edythe Chapman, American actress (Beyond the Rocks), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1874 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1887 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Clifford Heatherley, British actor (Who Killed Doc Robin?), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1937)
  • 1896 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), born in Lille, France (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), born in Georgia (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), born in Oxford, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1918 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, born in Heath End, England (d. 2018)
  • 1930 James Olsen, American actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1938 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service)
  • 1938 Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (French Open 1965, US Open 1966), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1939 Paul Hogan, Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack)
  • 1943 Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher/broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1948 Sarah Purcell, actress/TV hostess (Real People), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1948 Stephanie Marrian [Stefanie Khan], French model, actress and comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Claude Jade, French actress (d. 2006)

Person of interestSigourney Weaver

1949 Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], American actress (Alien, Working Girl), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1952 Edward Zwick, American film director
  • 1954 Michael Dudikoff, Redondo Beach, California, American actor (American Ninja, TRON)
  • 1956 Stephanie Zimbalist, actress (Remington Steele, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 James De Paiva, Hayward California, actor (Max Holden-One Life to Live)
  • 1959 Nick Bakay, American actor
  • 1960 Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster
  • 1960 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist
  • 1965 Ardal O'Hanlon, Irish comedian and actor
  • 1966 Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994)
  • 1967 Yvonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress
  • 1969 Dylan Neal, US actor (Dylan Shaw-Bold & the Beautiful)
  • 1969 Jeremy Davies, American actor

Person of interestMatt Damon

1970 Matt Damon, American actor (Good Will Hunting, Ocean's trilogy, Bourne trilogy), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • 1970 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer
  • 1970 Soon-Yi Previn, Korean American actress
  • 1979 Kristanna Loken, American actress
  • 1979 Paul Burchill, English professional wrestler
  • 1980 Andria Gayle Mullins, Miss Texas Teen USA (Teen with Style-1997)
  • 1980 Mike Mizanin, American wrestler

Person of interestNick Cannon

1980 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 1981 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer (Do You Know Why) and actress (The BabyDoll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1993 Angus T. Jones, American actor (Two and a Half Men)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1935 Ozzie Nelson marries Harriet Hilliard (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett)
  • 1994 "Growing Pains" actress Tracey Gold (25) weds Roby Marshall (29) at St. Charles Catholic Church
  • 2005 Gilmore Girls" actress Melissa McCarthy (34) weds "Joey" actor Ben Falcone (32) at the Oviatt Penthouse in Los Angeles
  • 2015 Actress Angelababy (26) weds long-term boyfriend Huang Xiaoming in Shanghai, China

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Larry Semon, American comedian and director (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 39
  • 1946 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • 1953 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1969 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • 1970 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1971 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1978 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1979 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • 1982 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1983 Joan Hackett, actress (Group, Flicks, Rivals), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1994 Diana Churchill, English actress (Spider, Sally Bishop, Housemaster), dies at 81
  • 1996 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer, dies of heart failure at 33
  • 1996 William Prince, American actor (Spies Like Us, The Stepford Wives, City in Fear), dies at 83
  • 2002 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • 2008 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • 2008 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2015 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72