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

2008 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

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
Actor Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan

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 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1956 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • 1956 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor (Pinky and The Brain), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1958 Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1960 Christophe Gans, French film director
  • 1961 Ken [Kenneth Sean Carson], American model & boyfriend of Barbie, born in El Segundo, California
  • 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 (Father Murphy), 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