On This Day

September 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 9 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WVPT TV channel 51 in Staunton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
  • Sep 18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • Sep 21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • Sep 22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 23 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 24 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres - A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)

Music History

Sep 28 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music Single

Sep 30 The Supremes release single "Love Child"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • Sep 4 John Preston, American actor (Greg-General Hospital), born in Cedar City, Utah
  • Sep 4 Phill Lewis, American actor, born in Uganda
  • Sep 4 John DiMaggio, American actor, born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Sep 6 Gene Patrick, American actor (Gemini: Twin Stars), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Julia Sawalha, English actress (Saffron-Abfab, Chrissy-Buddy's Song), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 10 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield, England
  • Sep 12 Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian, born in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 13 Emma Wiklund [Sjöberg], Swedish model and actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 14 Dan Cortese, American actor and TV host (Jess Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 15 Danny Nucci, American actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Sep 16 Walt Becker, American writer and film director (Van Wilder), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 17 Suzy Cote, actress (Samantha in Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Sep 20 Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress (April Fool's Day), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 21 Ricki Lake, actress (Hairspray), talk show host (Ricki), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 23 Yvette Fielding, English television presenter (Blue Peter), born in Manchester, England

Will Smith

Sep 25 Will Smith, American Grammy Award-winning rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand"), and actor (Men in Black, Independence Day; Hitch; Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • Sep 26 Jim Caviezel, American actor, born in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Sep 28 Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 28 Naomi Watts, British actress (King Kong, 21 Grams), born in Shoreham, Kent
  • Sep 29 Luke Goss, English actor (Traffick) and musician (Bros. - "I Owe You Nothing"), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Patrick Burns, American television presenter, born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Samir Soni, Indian actor (Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka)

Weddings in Film & TV

Sally Field

Sep 16 Actress Sally Field weds Steven Craig

Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 3 Isabel Withers, American actress, dies at 72
  • Sep 18 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Sep 18 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64