On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1964 21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1983 9th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans & Loretta Swit win (TV)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1990 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actor Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1991 17th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Kirstie Alley win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 1997 Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Superhero movie "The Black Panther" becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
  • 1884 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1887 Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Shemp Howard [Samuel Horwitz], American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Dorothy Gish, American film actress (Orphans of the Storm), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1907 Jessie Matthews, British actress (Gangway, First a Girl), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1911 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Scottish diplomat soldier politician, author and an inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, born in Cairo
  • 1922 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1922 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Terence Alexander, English actor (Bergerac), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Albert Salmi, American character actor (Caddyshack, Daniel Boone, 79 Park Avenue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestRupert Murdoch

1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1932 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1934 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1935 Sandra Milo, Italian actress
  • 1937 Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
  • 1942 Peter Eyre, actor (Hedda)
  • 1942 Charles Swan, American actor
  • 1945 Tricia O'Neal, actress (Piranha Part II), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1946 Brigitte Fossey, French actress (Man Who Died Twice), born in Tourcoing France
  • 1948 Dominique Sanda [Varaigne], French actress (The Conformist, 1900, First Love), born in Paris, France
  • 1952 Susan Richardson, Coatesville Pa, actress (Susan-8 is Enough)
  • 1955 [Kater]Nina Hagen, German actress (Blue Angel), born in East Berlin, German DR
  • 1956 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • 1956 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
  • 1958 Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1960 Christophe Gans, French film director
  • 1961 Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
  • 1962 Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
  • 1962 Peter Berg, American film actor, director and producer
  • 1963 Alexandra "Alex" Kingston, British actress (Doctor Who, ER, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1964 Shane Richie, British actor (EastEnders, Flushed Away), born in Harlesden, London
  • 1964 Emma Chambers, British actress (The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill), born in Doncaster, England (d. 2018)
  • 1965 Wallace Langham, American actor
  • 1965 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British television presenter
  • 1967 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer (Captain Jack Harkness-Doctor Who), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1969 Terrence Howard, American actor
  • 1971 Johnny Knoxville, American television personality
  • 1981 David Anders, American actor

Person of interestThora Birch

1982 Thora Birch, American actress (American Beauty, Ghost World), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Thora Birch
Thora Birch
  • 1982 Lindsey McKeon, American actress
  • 1984 Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer
  • 1984 Marc-André Grondin, Canadian actor
  • 1989 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1993 Jodie Comer, English actress (Killing Eve), born in Liverpool, England

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • 2009 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1958 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1931 F.W. Murnau, German film director (b. 1888)
  • 1950 Florence Arliss, British actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • 1952 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1971 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1979 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • 1987 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), dies at 81
  • 1992 David Carroll, actor (Grand Hotel), dies of pulmonary embolism at 41
  • 1993 Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44
  • 1996 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1999 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2007 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2010 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor, dies of cancer at 69
  • 2015 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78
  • 2018 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90