On This Day

March 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 5 "King Kong" 1st televised

Film Release

Mar 13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

Pro Wrestling

Mar 15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

  • Mar 21 "The Rose Tattoo" wins 3 Academy awards, including Anna Manini for Best Actress and Cinematography (Black & White)

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 1 Timothy Daly, American actor (Joe-Wings, Diner, Made in Heaven), born in Sufferin, New York
  • Mar 5 Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress

Bryan Cranston

Mar 7 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • Mar 8 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • Mar 10 Mitchell Lichtenstein, American actor; son of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Mar 11 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • Mar 11 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor (Pinky and The Brain), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 13 Dana Delany, American actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 14 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Vladimír Godár, Slovak contemporary classical music and film music composer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • Mar 17 Rory McGrath, British comedian, television personality, and writer (Who Dares Wins, They Think It's All Over), born in Redruth, Cornwall
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 22 Lena Olin, Swedish actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 25 Matthew Garber, English child actor (Mary Poppins), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • Mar 28 April Margera, American TV personality, Bam Margera's mother, born in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 29 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), and actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Mar 31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 17 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Robert Newton, British actor (Treasure Island, Henry V, Around the World in 80 Days), dies from a heart attack at 50