On This Day

March 1955 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 1 KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 5 WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Mar 7 7th Emmy Awards: "Make Room for Daddy", Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 7 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series; attracts a then record 65 million viewers

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 15 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 20 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 27 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse, episode "The Chivington Raid")

  • Mar 27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, Rhode Island (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 30 27th Academy Awards: "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Dale Bosworth, TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • Mar 4 Dominique Pinon, French actor
  • Mar 5 Marcia McCabe, American actress (Alice Grande - One Life to Live), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Anupam Kher, Bollywood actor (Vijay, Silver Linings Playbook), and Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, born in Shimla, India
  • Mar 9 Ornella Muti, Italian actress (Flash Gordon; Most Beautiful Wife), born in Rome, Italy
  • Mar 10 Juliusz Machulski, Polish director/writer/actor (Do It Yourself)
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 11 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • Mar 13 Glenne Headly, actress (Dick Tracy, Making Mr Right), born in New London, Connecticut
  • Mar 14 Helen Atkinson-Wood, British actress and comedian (O.T.T., Blackadder the Third), born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
  • Mar 15 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • Mar 16 Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director
  • Mar 17 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally McCandless-Capitol)
  • Mar 17 Gary Sinise, American actor (Apollo 13, CSI: NY, Forrest Gump), born in Blue Island Illinois

Person of interestBruce Willis

Mar 19 Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

  • Mar 21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 23 Petrea Burchard, American actress
  • Mar 29 Christopher Lawford, American actor (Charlie Brent-All My Children), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 29 Dianne Kay, American actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 29 Marina Sirtis, English actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in London, England
  • Mar 29 Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor and film director (Braveheart), born in Dublin

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Mar 17 Erotic writer Ana├»s Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 7 Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), dies at 66
  • Mar 21 Muriel Aked, British actress, dies at 67