On This Day in Film & TV for March 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • 1963 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • 1985 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC

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1992 Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918) date of birth disputed
  • 1886 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)

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1905 Robert Donat, English actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel), born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)

  • 1907 Betty Compton [Violet Halling Compton], British actress (Too Many Millions), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1944)
  • 1913 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1925 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1938 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Kevin Dobson, actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), born in Queens, New York
  • 1943 Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • 1945 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress
  • 1947 Patrick Chesnais, French actor
  • 1947 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
  • 1947 Heather Ryan, American model and former Playmate of the Month
  • 1950 Brad Dourif, WV, actor (Ragtime, Eyes of Laura Mars, Fatal Beauty)
  • 1956 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1959 Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Claudia Udy, actress (Out of Control, Nightforce), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Patricia Farinelli, playmate (December, 1981), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960 James MacPherson, Scottish actor (Taggart, Sometimes), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1962 Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
  • 1962 Mike Rowe, American television personality
  • 1962 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • 1963 Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Actress, singer and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
  • 1964 Christina Ferguson, playmate (Apr, 1983), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1970 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

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1970 Queen Latifah, American rapper and actress (Khadijah James-Living Single), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1972 Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • 1973 Luci Christian, American voice actress
  • 1976 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • 1976 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • 1978 Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • 1979 Danneel Harris, American actress
  • 1980 Sophia Myles, English actress
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • 1984 Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
  • 1996 Madeline Carroll, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC

  • 2006 Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012 "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58
  • 1944 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
  • 1963 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1969 Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • 1973 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • 1974 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • 1978 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • 1982 Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy), dies at 60
  • 1989 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • 1990 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • 1991 Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72
  • 1991 Vilma Banky, actress (Eagle, Son of Sheik, Rebel), dies at 93
  • 2006 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2008 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54

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2009 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • 2010 Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2016 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • 2016 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79