On This Day

Year 1972 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 TV drama "Emergency" with Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 24 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 6 29th Golden Globes: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 13 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on the musical of the same name and starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, is released

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Actor
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • Mar 27 Wyoming officially names "Curt Gowdy State Park", in honor of the nationally recognized broadcaster
  • Apr 10 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: "in the Family", Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 18 "Me and The Chimp" an American TV sitcom last airs on CBS in the US
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza"
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley
  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Sep 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
  • Sep 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 "The Waltons" TV program premieres on CBS starring Richard Thomas and Ralph Waite
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage, "Bridget Loves Bernie" premieres

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 17 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

Actor, Director and Comedian Alan Alda
Actor, Director and Comedian
Alan Alda
  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
  • Nov 19 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting
  • Nov 26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin
  • Nov 30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • Dec 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 29 "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski premieres in West Germany

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 236

  • Jan 3 Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
  • Jan 4 James Longley, American documentary filmmaker, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Jan 9 Sarah Beeny, English property developer & television presenter, born in Reading, United Kingdom
  • Jan 9 Angie Martinez, American radio & television personality, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 10 Brian Lawler, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • Jan 11 Marc Blucas, American actor, born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 12 Randy Sklar, American comedian
  • Jan 13 Nicole Eggert, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 15 Ernie Reyes Jr., American actor & martial artist (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 15 Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Dameon Clarke, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • Jan 16 Richard T. Jones, American actor, born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 16 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 17 Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 19 Joana Benedek, Romanian-born Mexican actress, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Jan 19 Ron Killings, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 19 Drea de Matteo, American actress (Swordfish, The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 22 Gabriel Macht, American actor (Suits), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 22 Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 23 Ewen Bremner, Scottish actor, born in Portobello, United Kingdom
  • Jan 27 Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality
  • Feb 1 Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Feb 5 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 7 Essence Atkins, American actress
  • Feb 7 Robyn Lively, American actress
  • Feb 9 Jason George, actor (Michael Bourre-Sunset Beach)
  • Feb 9 Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
  • Feb 12 Andrew Cassesse, American actor (Revenge of Nerds II, TV 101), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Latrice Royale [Timothy Wilcots], American drag queen and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Compton, California
  • Feb 14 Erika Rachael Schwarz, Miss America (Louisiana-2nd-1997), born in Folsom, Louisiana
  • Feb 14 Big Daddy V, American professional wrestler, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • Feb 14 Hiroshi, Japanese comedian, born in Omuota, Japan
  • Feb 14 Najwa Nimri, Spanish actress, born in Pamplona, Spain
  • Feb 17 Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Feb 19 Francine, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 24 Patricia Regan Leines, American model and 3rd in Miss America 1997, born in Medford, Oregon
  • Feb 28 Rory Cochrane, American actor
  • Feb 29 Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)
  • Mar 2 Richard Ruccolo, American actor
  • Mar 3 Christian Oliver, actor (Baby Sitters Club, Brian-Saved by the Bell)
  • Mar 7 Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor (Friend) and musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mar 7 Maxim Roy, Canadian actress, born in Rigaud, Québec
  • Mar 9 Kerr Smith, American actor (Final Destination, Dawson's Creek), born in Exton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 Hector Luis Bustamante, Colombian actor
  • Mar 12 James Maritato, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 18 Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 21 Chris Candido, American professional wrestler, born in Edison, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Mar 23 Judith Godrèche, French actress and author
  • Mar 26 Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 27 Charlie Haas, American professional wrestler, born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 28 Nick Frost, English comedian and actor
  • Mar 29 Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 30 Peggy Zlotkowski, Miss France-Universe (1989)
  • Mar 31 Alejandro Amenábar, Spanish film director
  • Mar 31 Andrew Bowen, American actor
  • Apr 1 Allen and Albert Hughes, American film directors
  • Apr 3 Jennie Garth, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • Apr 5 Krista Allen, American actress
  • Apr 6 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • Apr 11 Balls Mahoney [Jonathan Rechner], American professional wrestler, born in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Apr 15 Peter Billingsley, American actor (Real People), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 15 Lou Romano, American voice actor

Person of interestJennifer Garner

Apr 17 Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • Apr 17 Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • Apr 18 Eli Roth, American film director (Cabin Fever) and actor, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Apr 18 Xu Zheng, Chinese actor and director (Lost on Hong Kong), born in Shanghai, China

Person of interestCarmen Electra

Apr 20 Carmen Electra [Tara Leigh Patrick], American model and actress (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans), born in Sharonville, Ohio

  • Apr 21 Severina [Vuckovic], Croatian pop singer and actress (Moja Stikla), born in Split, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Apr 22 Anna Falchi, Tampera Finland, actress (La Dolce Vita '90)
  • Apr 23 Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer and actress (Apuesta por un Amor), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Apr 23 Sonya Smith, Venezuelan-American actress (Cara Sucia), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 David Lascher, American actor (Josh-Clueless, Kidz in the Wood), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Maura West, American actress (As the World Turns), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Person of interestDwayne Johnson

May 2 Dwayne Johnson [The Rock], American pro wrestler (WCW C'ship x 2; WWE C'ship x 8; Royal Rumble 2000), actor and producer (Baywatch, Jumanji), born in Hayward, California

Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson
  • May 2 Pandora Boxx [Michael Steck], American drag queen, comedian and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Jamestown, New York
  • May 5 Brigitta Boccoli, Italian actress (Manhattan Baby), born in Milan, Italy
  • May 7 Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director (The Salesman, A Separation), born in Khomeyni Shahr, Iran
  • May 9 Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • May 10 Emma Ridley, American actress (Return to Oz, Boy Meets World), born in Hampstead, England
  • May 11 Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • May 12 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • May 14 Gabriel Mann, American actor
  • May 15 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • May 16 Khary Payton, American actor
  • May 22 Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • May 22 Anna Belknap, American actress (CSI NY), born in Damariscotta, Maine
  • May 22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • May 24 Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer (Dawson's Creek, Riverdale, Arrowverse), born in Rye, New York
  • May 26 Patsy Palmer [Julie Merkell], British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • May 31 Karl Geary, Irish actor
  • May 31 Christian McBride, American jazz bassist, composer, broadcaster (Jazz Night in America), and artistic director (Newport Jazz Festival), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 1 Daniel Casey, English actor (Midsomer Murders), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England

Person of interestWayne Brady

Jun 2 Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Columbus, Georgia

  • Jun 2 Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • Jun 2 Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • Jun 4 Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • Jun 5 Mike Bucci, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 7 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • Jun 9 Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress
  • Jun 10 Steven Fischer, American film producer and director, born in Baltimore, Maryland

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 25 Comedic actor Bob Denver (37) weds third wife Carole Abrahams

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • Aug 5 "The Addams Family" actor John Astin (42) weds actress Patty Duke (25)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 27 Actor Billy Dee Williams (35) weds Teruko Nakagami


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 19 Actor Phil Hartman (23) divorces Gretchen Lewis after 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Jane Morgan, American singer & actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 8 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 17 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
  • Jan 24 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • Feb 3 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (Drifters), dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rogers Show, Man from Music Mountain), dies at 57
  • Mar 2 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 30 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • Mar 31 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (Parineeta), dies at 38
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64
  • Apr 6 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), dies at 71
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), dies at 71
  • May 24 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jul 6 Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Aug 5 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 8 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, American actor (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • Oct 6 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Leo G. Carroll, British actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), dies at 85
  • Oct 18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • Oct 27 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • Nov 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • Nov 7 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 23 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • Dec 15 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • Dec 24 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74