On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 16

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Frank Wedekind's "Elius Erweckung" premieres in Hamburg

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1934 6th Academy Awards: "Cavalcade" and its director Frank Lloyd, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII), and Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory) win; host Will Rogers announces "Come and get it, Frank" and Frank Capra gets up

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1938 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1949 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1949 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

1957 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Loretta Young
Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

1961 18th Golden Globes: "Spartacus", Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win

Actor Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Actress Greer Garson
Greer Garson
Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1964 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience

  • 2018 Indian actor Irrfan Khan reveals he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1876 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)
  • 1878 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), born in Shelby City, Alabama (d. 1936)
  • 1884 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1885 Sydney Chaplin [Hawkes], British actor, half brother and manager of Charlie Chaplin, born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Solomon Mikhoels, Soviet actor and chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Isobel Elsom, British actress (My Fair Lady, Love From a Stranger), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Conrad Nagel, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Celebrity Time), born in Keokuk, Iowa (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Elisabeth Flickenschildt, German actress, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist ("Take my wife ... please"), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • 1910 Norman Wooland, British character actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1920 John Addison, British Academy and BAFTA Award-winning film score composer (Tom Jones; A Bridge Too Far; Centennial), born in Surrey, England (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), born in Šilutė, Lithuania (d. 2014)

Person of interestJerry Lewis

1926 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2017)

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1927 Karlheinz Boehm, Austrian actor (Face of Fear, Peeping Tom, Unnatural), born in Darmstadt, Austria (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Nadja Tiller, Austrian actress (Ich suche Dich, Rosemary) and Miss Austria (1949), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1940 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)

Person of interestBernardo Bertolucci

1941 Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor), born in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 2018)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
  • 1943 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (d. 2005)
  • 1949 Erik Estrada, actor (CHiPs), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Victor Garber, actor (Days & Nights of Molly Dodd), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1951 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • 1952 Graham Cole [Graham Coleman-Smith], English actor (The Bill), born in London, England
  • 1953 Isabelle Huppert, French actress (The Piano Teacher), born in Paris
  • 1954 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • 1955 Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director

Person of interestFlavor Flav

1959 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • 1960 Jenny Eclair [Hargreaves], British comedienne, author and actress (Grumpy Old Women, Loose Women), born in Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya

Person of interestKevin Smith

1963 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)

  • 1964 Gore Verbinski, American movie director
  • 1965 Belén Rueda, Spanish actress
  • 1967 Lauren Graham, American actress and author (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1968 Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
  • 1971 Alan Tudyk, American actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1975 Sienna Guillory, English actress (Jill Valentine-Resident Evil), born in Kettering, England
  • 1976 Paul Schneider, American actor
  • 1976 Nick Spano, American actor
  • 1978 Brooke Burns, American actress
  • 1985 Nicole Trunfio, Australian supermodel, born in Merredin, Australia
  • 1986 Ken Doane, American professional wrestler
  • 1987 Tiiu Kuik, Estonian model
  • 1994 Sierra McClain, American actress (Sierra James-Daddy's Little Girls), born in Decatur, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings

LoveWedding of Interest

2002 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 2006 Actress Divya Palat weds former MTV India VJ Aditya Hitkari at a temple in Matunga, India

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (58) weds Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Nicholas Joy, French actor (Gentleman's Agreement, Desk Set, Boss Lady), dies at 80
  • 1968 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • 1971 Bebe Daniels, actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
  • 1973 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79

Person of interestArthur Godfrey

1983 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), dies at 79

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • 1987 Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies of kidney failuyre at 71
  • 1988 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • 1993 Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
  • 1993 Don Randolph, actor (Harem Girl), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 1995 Albert Maurice Hackett, playwright/screenwriter, dies at 95
  • 1996 Charlie Barnett, American actor and comedian, dies of AIDS at 41
  • 1999 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • 2005 Anthony George, American actor (Untouchables, Checkmate), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2008 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 2008 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • 2008 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), dies of renal failure at 76
  • 2013 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2021 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), dies of cancer at 51