On This Day

September 1979 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • Sep 9 British film "The Bitch" starring Joan Collins, a sequel to "The Stud", both based on novels by her sister Jackie Collins, premieres in UK
  • Sep 14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name, is released.
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award

Film & TV History

Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Music History

Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

  • Sep 29 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • Sep 4 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sep 6 Brandon Silvestry, American professional wrestler (Low Ki), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor (All My Children), and singer, born in Renton, Washington
  • Sep 11 Ariana Richards, American actress (Spaced Invaders, Prancer), born in Healdsburg, California
  • Sep 11 Steve Hofstetter, American comedian & radio personality, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 15 Dave Annable, American actor (Bothers and Sisters), born in Suffern, New York
  • Sep 15 Amy Davidson, American actress (8 Simple Rules), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 17 Billy Miller, actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 18 Alison Lohman, American actress, born in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 19 Dannielle Brent, British actress (Bad Girls), born in Rush Green, London
  • Sep 19 Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel and actress, born in Les Ulis, France
  • Sep 21 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 21 Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • Sep 22 Michael Graziadei, American actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Germany
  • Sep 24 Ross Mathews, American television personality and comedian (The Tonight Show), born in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Sep 24 Justin Bruening, American actor (All My Children), born in St. Helena, Nebraska
  • Sep 27 Zita Görög, Hungarian actress and model
  • Sep 28 Anndi Lynn McAfee, actress (Ice Cream Man, Conagher)
  • Sep 30 Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianist, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 30 Vince Chong, Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter and actor, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Weddings in Film & TV

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti [Tomaso Lionetti], American singer ("Free"), songwriter ("My City of Sydney"), and actor (Gomer Pyle, USMC), dies of cancer at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81