On This Day

September 2002 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV History

Sep 4 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Music History

Sep 4 Kelly Clarkson is crowned the winner of the first series of "American Idol" TV singing competition series

Television Debut

Sep 16 Talk show "Dr. Phil" with Phil McGraw and co-created by Oprah Winfrey debuts on syndicated US TV

  • Sep 17 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 21 Farm Aid 15 held in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and The Drive-By Truckers [1]

Emmy Awards

Sep 22 54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis and Allison Janney win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 3 Iman Vellani, Pakistani-Canadian actress (Ms Marvel), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sep 6 Asher Angel, American actor (Andi Mack; Shazam!), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 8 Gaten Matarazzo, American actor (Stranger Things), born in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Weddings in Film & TV

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sep 1 Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (35) weds actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (36) at El Careyes Resort in Mexico

  • Sep 1 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Terry Farrell (38) weds actor Brian Baker (35) at Paris Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada

Laurence Fishburne

Sep 20 "The Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 5 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), dies of a lung infection at 79
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • Sep 7 Michael Elphick, British stage and screen actor (Gorky Park; Boon), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79
  • Sep 14 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Son), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • Sep 23 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75