On This Day in Film & TV for September 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1888 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
  • 1949 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • 1951 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1952 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 "The Mary Tyler Moore" show premieres on CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

1975 "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs premieres on BBC2 in the UK

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1980 "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch is released (Best Picture 1981)
  • 1982 34th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Barney Miller, Alan Alda & Carol Kane win
  • 1987 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1989 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Film release premierFilm Release

1990 "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta, is released

Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1993 45th Emmy Awards: Seinfeld, Picket Fences & Ted Danson win

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1993 Actress Michele Phillips (Knots Landing) is robbed at gunpoint
  • 1993 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "ER" premieres on NBC, created by Michael Crichton and starring George Clooney and Anthony Edwards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 23rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Life Is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigni wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2004 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 34th Toronto International Film Festival: "Precious" directed by Lee Daniels wins the People's Choice Award

Director Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2011 Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen

  • 2016 68th Emmy Awards: hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, "Game of Thrones", Julia Dreyfus, Rami Malek win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1862 Adeline De Walt Reynolds, American actress (Son of Dracula), born in Benton County, Iowa (d. 1961)
  • 1887 Lynne Overman, American actor (d. 1943)
  • 1888 Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1889 Ernest Truex, actor (Pop-Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1900 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Joseph Pasternak, film producer (Anchors Aweigh, Date With Judy)
  • 1904 Else-Marie Hansen, Danish actress (Hvor går Karl hen?), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • 1905 Betty Garde, American actress (Aggie-Real McCoys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Margaret Lindsay, American actress (Take a Guess), born in Dubuque, Iowa (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Emma "Nono" Batenburg, actress (Noah)
  • 1913 Frances Farmer, actress (Son of Fury, Among the Living), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1915 Germán Valdés, Mexican actor, singer and comedian (d. 1973)
  • 1926 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio
  • 1927 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927 Rosemary Harris, English actress
  • 1928 Adam West, American actor (Batman, Last Precinct) born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Rosemary Harris, Ashby Suffolk England, actress (Holocaust)
  • 1930 Antonio Margheriti, Italian filmmaker (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Ray Danton, American actor/director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor
  • 1933 David McCallum, actor (Ilyla Kuryakin-Man From UNCLE), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1940 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1942 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1945 Randolph Mantooth, actor (Emergency, Loving), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1946 Hans van de Berg, actor (Ciske the Rat)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 Jeremy Irons, actor (Reversal of Fortune, The Lion King), born in Isle of Wight, England

  • 1948 Mihai Timofti, Director, actor, musician from Moldova-Chisinau
  • 1949 Twiggy Lawson, [Leslie Hornby], England, model/actress (Boyfriend, W)
  • 1950 Rudy Ramos, Lawton Oklahoma, actor (Wind-High Chaparral)
  • 1952 Scott Colomby, actor (Stash-Sons & Daughters, Szysznyk), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1958 Kevin Hooks, actor (Sounder, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Julianna Young, Ft Campbell KY, playmate (Nov, 1993)
  • 1962 Tonja Walker, actress (Alex-One Life to Live), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1962 Cheri Oteri, American actress and comedian
  • 1964 Kim Richards, actress (Nanny & Prof, James at 15), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1965 Debbye Turner, Miss America (1990)
  • 1965 Alexandra Vandernoot, Belgian actress
  • 1966 El Samurai, [Osamu Matsuda], wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1966 Yoshihiro Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1967 Alexander Karelin, Russian wrestler
  • 1970 Victor Williams, American actor
  • 1971 Sanaa Lathan, American actress
  • 1973 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1974 Victoria Silverstedt, Skelleftehamn, Västerbottens län, Swedish model (1997 Playmate of the Year)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Jimmy Fallon, American actor and comedian, born in NYC, New York

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon
  • 1976 Alison Sweeney, American actress
  • 1976 Jessica York, television personality
  • 1978 Michelle Alves, Brazilian supermodel
  • 1979 Dannielle Brent, British actress
  • 1979 Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel and actress
  • 1982 Columbus Short, American actor and choreographer
  • 1982 Nicole Voss, American model
  • 1984 Kevin Zegers, Canadian actor
  • 1986 Peter Vack, American voice actor
  • 1987 Danielle Panabaker, American actress
  • 1990 Saki Fukuda, Japanese actress
  • 1991 Demelza Reveley, Australian model
  • 1994 Alex Etel, British actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Shirley Temple (17) weds actor John Agar (24) in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 Academy award winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California

  • 1998 "Full House" actor John Stamos (35) weds supermodel Rebecca Romijn (25) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Chinese martial artist Jet Li (36) weds actress Nina Li Chi (37) in Los Angeles

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • 2008 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington

  • 2015 "Girls" TV star Allison Williams (27) weds College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen (34) at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1972 Actor Phil Hartman (23) divorces Gretchen Lewis after 2 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Angelina Jolie (41) files for divorce from fellow actor Brad Pitt (52) citing irreconcilable differences

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
Actress Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • 1949 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), dies at 65
  • 1967 Martin Block, TV announcer (Chesterfield Supper Club), dies at 64
  • 1969 Rex Ingram, actor/director (Elmer Gantry), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1973 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot,The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • 1974 Eve March, actress (Adam's Rib, Danny Boy), dies at 63
  • 1984 June Preisser, dancer/actress (Babes in Arms), dies in car crash at 61
  • 1989 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • 1992 Frederick Combs, playwright/director, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1993 Richard Landau, US screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies at 79
  • 2006 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2009 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)