On This Day

March 1962 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Television Debut

Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

  • Mar 15 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

  • Mar 24 Emile Griffith beats Benny " Kid" Paret by TKO in 12th round in welterweight boxing title fight at MSG, NYC; Paret dies 10 days later; first use of television slow motion replay

TV Show Appearance

Mar 29 Jack Paar's final appearance on the "The Tonight Show"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 4 David Sparrow, English actor
  • Mar 9 Brian Green, American actor (Sam Fowler-Another World), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • Mar 11 Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
  • Mar 11 Peter Berg, American film actor, director and producer
  • Mar 13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Igor Aleinikov, filmmaker
  • Mar 15 Jimmy Baio, actor (Billy Tate-Soap, Brass, Playing for Keeps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 17 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • Mar 18 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • Mar 18 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • Mar 18 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • Mar 19 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • Mar 20 Stephen Sommers, American film director

Matthew Broderick

Mar 21 Matthew Broderick, American actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York

Rosie O'Donnell

Mar 21 Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne, actress (A League of Their Own; Flintstones), and TV host (Rosie), born in Commack, New York

  • Mar 24 Star Jones, American attorney and legal analyst (NBC; Inside Edition), TV host (The View, 1997-2006), and author, born in Badin, North Carolina
  • Mar 25 Marcia Cross, American television actress (Melrose Place), born in Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • Mar 28 Terry Szopinski, American pro-wrestler (The Warlord), born in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Mar 30 Bil Dwyer, American comedian and TV host, born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

Rex Harrison

Mar 21 Academy award-winning British actor Rex Harrison (54) weds actress and third wife Rachel Roberts (34) in Genoa, Italy

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 1 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Mar 15 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa; O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Val Paul, American actor and director (Suspense, The Phantom Thief), dies at 75