On This Day in Film & TV for March 15

Events in Film & TV

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1945 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine

  • 1948 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1954 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, TN (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

1972 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • 1977 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1982 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • 1982 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1984 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 2017 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch actress (Miss Hobbs), born (d. 1950)
  • 1904 George Brent, American actor (42nd St, Jezebel), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1979)
  • 1904 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), born in Burnley, England (d. 1985)
  • 1907 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1913 Lex Goudsmit, Dutch actor (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • 1913 MacDonald Carey, American actor (Days of Our Lives, Lock Up), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (Car 54), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1915 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris)
  • 1915 Richard Ward, Glenside Pa, actor (Beacon Hill)
  • 1919 John Gregson, actor (Gideon CID, Shirley's World), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1975)
  • 1919 Lawrence Tierney, actor (Abduction, Dillinger), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1921 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • 1924 Walter Gotell, German actor (d. 1997)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 1935 Judd Hirsch, actor (Alex-Taxi, Dear John, Ordinary People), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Dick Top, Dutch actor and director (Witch of Haarlem)
  • 1943 Brenda Scott, actress (Midge-Road West), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944 Jacques Doillon director/writer (La Fille de Quinze Ans)
  • 1946 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • 1947 Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor
  • 1949 John Duttine, actor (Day of the Triffids)
  • 1953 Judi Spiers, TV presenter
  • 1954 Craig Wasson, Oregon, actor (Body Double, 4 Friends, Men's Club)
  • 1955 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American sincer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • 1957 Park Overall, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Laura Carrington, actress (Louisa-Alphabet City)
  • 1959 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director
  • 1960 Donna Smith, playmate (March, 1985), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Marco Pennette, American television producer
  • 1961 Fabio Lanzoni, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Igor Aleinikov, filmmaker
  • 1962 Jimmy Baio, actor (Billy Tate-Soap, Brass, Playing for Keeps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Chris Bruno, actor (Michael-All My Children, Dennis-Another World)
  • 1969 Kim Raver, American actress
  • 1971 Penny Lancaster, English model
  • 1972 Casey Cristin Mizell, Miss USA-South Carolina (1997)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975 Eva Longoria, American actress (Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
  • 1976 Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
  • 1977 Brian Tee, American actor
  • 1982 Emily Tyndall, American actress
  • 1983 Sean Biggerstaff, Scottish actor
  • 1985 James MacLurcan, Australian actor
  • 1985 Eva Amurri, American actress
  • 1986 Tyler Noyes, actor (CJ-One Life to Live)
  • 1987 Taiwan Brown, video jockey
  • 1989 Caitlin Wachs, actress (Chloe Waters-Profiler)
  • 1991 Kie Kitano, Japanese actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1964 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (32) marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton (38)

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1912 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1918 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, dies at 59
  • 1962 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • 1964 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), dies at 75
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1975 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • 1977 Antonino Rocca, Argentine professional wrestler
  • 1981 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 1991 Eileen Sedgwick, silent film actress (Hot Heels), dies at 93
  • 1992 Helen Deutsch, screenwriter, dies of natural causes
  • 1992 Jack Washburn, actor (Black Orchid), dies after long illness at 64
  • 1992 Vanessa Lee, actress (Split), dies at 71
  • 1993 Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1994 Mae Zetterling, Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
  • 1997 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • 2001 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Dame Thora Hird, British actress (Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 91
  • 2009 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62