September 1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 17 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • Sep 17 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 21 "Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 29 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

  • Sep 29 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • Sep 29 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • Sep 7 Susan Blakely, American actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sep 8 Great Kabuki, [Akihisa Yone Yoshi Mera], wrestler (NWA/NJPW/WAR/SWS)
  • Sep 10 Judy Geeson, Arundei actress (To Sir With Love, Berserk), born in Sussex, England
  • Sep 13 Clyde Kusatsu, American actor (Ali-Bring 'em Back Alive), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sep 13 Nell Carter, American actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • Sep 17 John Ritter, actor (Jack-3's Company, Hearts Afire), born in Burbank, California

Person of interestJeremy Irons

Sep 19 Jeremy Irons, English actor (Reversal of Fortune, The Lion King), born in Isle of Wight, England

  • Sep 19 Mihai Timofti, director and actor (Lautarii), born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
  • Sep 22 Jim Byrnes, American actor and musician
  • Sep 24 Gordon Clapp, actor (Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue), born in North Conway, New Hampshire

Person of interestPhil Hartman

Sep 24 Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor (SNL, Peewee's Playhouse), born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1998)

Person of interestOlivia Newton-John

Sep 26 Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress (Lets Get Physical), born in Cambridge, England

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Sep 27 A Martinez, American actor (L.A. Law, Santa Barbara), born in Glendale, California
  • Sep 27 Michele Dotrice, English actor
  • Sep 27 Tom Braidwood, Canadian actor
  • Sep 29 Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 13 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), dies at 73
  • Sep 17 Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • Sep 24 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), dies of multiple myeloma at 53
  • Sep 27 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64
  • Sep 28 E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, dies at 85