On This Day in Film & TV for September 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
  • 1949 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (CBS) begins
  • 1962 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KPOB TV channel 15 in Poplar Bluff, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1968 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1971 1st broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC-TV
  • 1972 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1977 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US
  • 1984 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • 1986 1st broadcast of "L.A. Law" on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1995 "Se7en" directed by David Fincher and starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey premieres in New York

Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actor Kevin Spacey
Actor
Kevin Spacey
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1904 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show)
  • 1907 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Jack Bailey, Hampton Iowa, TV host (Queen for a Day)
  • 1908 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Phil Arnold, NJ, actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees)
  • 1915 John Conte, Plamer Mass, actor (Mantovani)
  • 1915 Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (d. 1972)
  • 1916 Margaret Lockwood, actress (Lady Vanishes), born in Karachi, India
  • 1918 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1922 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1925 Forrest Compton, actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, comedian/double talker (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Henry Darrow, American actor (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Jacques d'Ancona, journalist/TV host (Sound-Mix Show)
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • 1945 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress
  • 1945 Ron Shelton, American film director
  • 1946 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • 1956 Tawny Elaine Godin Schneider, Maine, Miss America (76)/(Eye on Hollywood)
  • 1958 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1960 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Kevin Allen, Welsh actor
  • 1962 Dina Lohan, American actress and reality television star, mother of Lindsay Lohan
  • 1968 Danny Nucci, actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest)
  • 1969 Jeffrey Schwarz, American film director/producer
  • 1971 Crystal McLaurin-Coney, Miss USA-North Carolina (1997)
  • 1971 Josh Charles, actor (Crossing the Bridge, Cooperstown)
  • 1972 Amanda Lynn Granrud, Miss America-Montana (1996), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 1972 Jimmy Carr, English comedian
  • 1973 Julie Cox, English actress
  • 1977 Sophie Dahl, English model and author
  • 1977 Marisa Ramirez, American actress
  • 1977 Tom Hardy, British actor (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road), born in London, England
  • 1978 Amanda Rochelle Penix, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1997)
  • 1979 Dave Annable, American actor
  • 1979 Amy Davidson, American actress
  • 1986 Heidi Montag, American reality television star
  • 1988 Chelsea Staub, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1949 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Actress Janet Leigh (35) weds stockbroker Robert Brandt

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1929 Sara Amsel, Indon/Dutch actress/wife of Carel van Hoisted, dies at 58
  • 1930 Milton Sills, American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1937 Clifford Heatherley, actress (For Love or Money, Cash), dies at 48
  • 1963 Fred Hillebrand, actor (Martin Kane), dies at 69
  • 1967 Eva McKenzie, sister of Ida Mae/actress (Virtuous Husband), dies at 78
  • 1979 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • 1981 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • 1981 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 1986 Virginia Gregg, actress (Little Women), dies at 69
  • 1991 Andre Baruch, Radio/TV announcer dies at 83
  • 1991 John Hoyt, actor (My Favorite Brunette), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • 1996 Joan Perry Cohn Harvey, actress (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • 2000 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Sidney Luft, American film director (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (b. 1987)
  • 2007 Brett Somers, Canadian-born American actress and Match Game panelist (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Frances Bay, Canadian actress (b. 1919)