On This Day in Film & TV for September 21

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1948 "Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1953 KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1957 "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1968 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • 1970 "Monday Night Football" premieres on ABC - Browns 31, Jets 21
  • 1970 KAPP TV channel 35 in Yakima, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1986 38th Emmy Awards: Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey & Michael J. Fox win

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

2003 55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 George Clooney is injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey

Film release premierFilm Release

2007 "Into the Wild" starring Emile Hirsch is released

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

2008 60th Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win

  • 2015 67th Emmy Awards: hosted by Andy Samberg, "Game of Thrones", Viola Davis, John Hamm win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1863 John Bunny, American film comedian (d. 1915)
  • 1894 Tullio Carminati, Zara Dalmatia Italy, actor (Roman Holiday)
  • 1906 Derrick De Marney, actor (Inheritance), born in London, England
  • 1907 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1918 Rand Brooks, actor (Cpl Boone-Rin Tin Tin), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1924 Gail Russell, actress (Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Dawn Addams, Felixstown Engl, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens)
  • 1931 Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Henry Gibson, Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet)
  • 1940 Bill Kurtis, newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1941 Jack Brisco, American professional wrestler
  • 1944 Fannie Flagg, actress/comediene (Candid Camera), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Susan Maureen Fleetwood, Scotland, actress (Krays, Sacrifice)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950 Bill Murray, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), born in Evanston, Illinois

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
  • 1953 John Mengatti, American actor (Nick-White Shadow, For Love & Honor), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1956 Marta Kauffman, American television producer
  • 1957 Ethan Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1959 David Coulier, actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1960 David James Elliott, Canadian actor (Seinfeld, Lt Harmon Rabb-Jag), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1961 Nancy Travis, American actress (Kim-Almost Perfect, Chaplin, 8 Men Out), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Rob Morrow, actor (Dr Fleishman-Northern Exposure), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1963 Angus Macfadyen, Scottish actor
  • 1968 Ricki Lake, actress (Hairspray), talk show host (Ricki), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 John Cudia, American actor
  • 1971 Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Luke Wilson, American actor
  • 1972 Alicia Rickter, playmate (Oct, 1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1979 Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • 1980 Robert Hoffman, American actor
  • 1980 Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress (3 Idiots), born in Bombay, India
  • 1980 Aleksa Palladino, American actress
  • 1980 Autumn Reeser, American actress
  • 1981 Nicole Richie, American socialite, author and TV personality (The Simple Life), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1981 Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • 1981 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • 1983 Joseph Mazzello, actor (Internal Affairs)
  • 1983 Maggie Grace, American actress
  • 1985 Maryam Hassouni, Dutch actor
  • 1990 Allison Scagliotti, American actress
  • 1990 Christian Serratos, American actress
  • 1998 Brino quadruplets, American actor/actresses

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1996 Supermodel Christie Brinkey marries for 4th time to Peter Cook

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1995 Actor and host Wayne Brady (23) divorces Diana Lasso after almost 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1971)
  • 1947 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), dies at 69
  • 1973 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • 1974 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 1979 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • 1981 Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
  • 1987 Ruth Attaway, actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies
  • 1988 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • 1991 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), dies at 83
  • 1992 Billy Williams, actor (Adv of Kit Carson), dies at 76 of brain tumor
  • 1993 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • 1995 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1997 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1926)