September 1951 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • Sep 4 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 18 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released

  • Sep 19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Mark Harmon, American actor (St Elsewhere, NCIS), born in Burbank, California
  • Sep 2 Michael Gray, American actor (Shazam!, Brian Keith Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 4 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas

Person of interestMichael Keaton

Sep 5 Michael Keaton, American actor (Gung Ho, Batman, Beetlejuice), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 5 Patti McGuire, American model and television producer, born in Dexter, Missouri
  • Sep 7 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 9 Robert Desiderio, actor (Det Kennedy-Heart of the City), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 9 Tom Wopat, Lodi, Wisconsin, American actor and singer (The Dukes of Hazzard, One Life to Live)
  • Sep 12 Joe Pantoliano, American actor (Finelli Boys, Fugitive), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 13 Jean Smart, American actress (Charlene-Designing Women), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 17 Cassandra Peterson, [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Sep 20 JoAnna Cameron, Colo, actress (I Love My Wife, Isis)

Person of interestMark Hamill

Sep 25 Mark Hamill, American actor (Luke Skywalker-Star Wars), born in Oakland, California

  • Sep 28 Christian Marlowe, actor (Bram-Highcliffe Manor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 28 Silvia Dionisio, actress (Riavanti Marsh!, Amici Miei), born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 29 Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • Sep 28 Actor Franchot Tone weds actress Barbara Payton

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 20 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 7 MarĂ­a Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 39
  • Sep 9 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • Sep 17 Gelett Burgess, American humorist and author (The Purple Cow), dies at 85
  • Sep 29 Bradley Barker, American silent actor and film director, dies at 68