Today in Entertainment History, November 5, 2012

According to the AP, these events happened on November fifth:

  • In 1942, American showman George M. Cohan died in New York at age 64. {}{}
  • In 1960, singer Johnny Horton died in a car crash in Milano, Texas. He was 35. He's known for the 1959 hit "The Battle of New Orleans" and the movie theme song "North to Alaska." {}{}
  • In 1970, Brian Wilson made a rare appearance with the Beach Boys at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. He lost his balance several times and had to be helped off the stage.{}
  • In 1989, pianist Vladimir Horowitz died at age 85. On that same day, singer-songwriter Barry Sadler died of heart failure at age 49 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. {}{}
  • In 1991, actor Fred MacMurray died of pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. One of his best known roles was as the father in "My Three Sons." {}{}
  • In 1999, singer Gary Cherone left Van Halen. {}{}
  • In 2002, original Coaster Billy Guy died suddenly of heart disease in Las Vegas. He was not buried for 21 days because authorities couldn't find his estranged children and his girlfriend of 30 years was not allowed to claim his body. {}{}
  • In 2003, singer Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just 45 minutes before the group was to perform. Hatfield was 63. {}{}
  • Also in 2003, "The Matrix Revolutions" opened at the same moment around the world, at 9 A.M. Eastern. {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • Actor Chris Robinson ("General Hospital") is 74.{}
  • Actress Elke Summer is 72.{}
  • Singer Art Garfunkel is 71.{}
  • Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 69.{}
  • Singer Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits is 65.{}
  • Actor Nestor Serrano ("24") is 57.{}
  • Actor Robert Patrick ("The X-Files") is 54.{}
  • Singer Bryan Adams is 53.{}
  • Actress Tilda Swinton ("The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," ''Adaptation") is 52.{}
  • Actress-singer Andrea McArdle is 49.{}
  • Actress Tatum O'Neal is 49.{}
  • Singer Angelo Moore of Fishbone is 47.{}
  • Actress Judy Reyes ("Scrubs") is 45.{}
  • Keyboardist Mark Hunter of James is 44.{}
  • Country singers Jennifer and Heather Kinley of The Kinleys are 42.{}
  • Guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is 41.{}
  • Actor Corin Nemec ("Parker Lewis Can't Lose") is 41.{}
  • Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams is 38.{}
  • Actor Sam Page is 36.{}
  • Actor Jeremy Lelliott is 30.
  • Guitarist Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 25.