On This Day

September 1978 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC

Film Premier

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

Television Premiere

Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Filming begins for "Monty Python's Life of Brian", on location in Monastir, Tunisia

  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family"; Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 3 Nick Wechsler, American actor (Roswell), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Sep 4 Wes Bentley, American actor, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Sep 5 Laura Bertram, Canadian actress (Trance Gemini-Andromeda), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 6 Natalia Cigliuti, Uruguayan-American actress (Lindsay-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Sep 6 Mathew Horne, English actor (Gavin & Stacey), born in Nottingham, England
  • Sep 11 Ben Lee, Australian singer-songwriter ("Cigarettes Will Kill You"; "Love Me Like the World Is Ending"), and actor (The Rage in Placid Lake), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 12 Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and actress, born in Sassari, Italy
  • Sep 12 Ben McKenzie, American actor (Gotham), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 12 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sep 13 Megan Henning, American actress (I Know Who Killed Me), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 14 Carmen Kass, Estonian model (estimated to have been the second-highest-paid model in the world in 2002), born in Talinn, Estonia
  • Sep 16 Matthew Rogers, American TV host and country singer, born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 16 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 2020)
  • Sep 18 Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 18 Pilar López de Ayala, Spanish actress (Juana la Loca), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 19 Michelle Alves, Brazilian supermodel, born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • Sep 19 Nigel Mitchell, English TV presenter (Quizmania and Capital Disney), born in Kingston Upon Thames, England
  • Sep 23 John "Worm" Miller, American filmmaker, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 23 Keri Lynn Pratt, American film and television actress (Jack & Bobby), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Sep 23 Anthony Mackie. American stage and screen actor (Brother To Brother; The Hurt Locker - "Sgt. Sanborn"; Captain America -"Falcon"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 25 Jodie Kidd, English model, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 28 Marzena Godecki, actress (Ocean Girl)
  • Sep 30 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler

Weddings in Film & TV

Meryl Streep

Sep 30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 8 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), dies at 54
  • Sep 12 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (Gus Broeberg-My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson-Peyton Place), dies of cancer at 78
  • Sep 22 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Jay Adler, American actor (Macon County Line; Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Virginia Valli [McSweeney], American (mostly silent) film actress (Wild Oranges; Pleasure Garden), dies at 73
  • Sep 25 Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75