On This Day in Film & TV for March 19

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)

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1953 25th Academy Awards: "Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)

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1964 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"

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2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), born in Georgetown, Colorado (d. 1953)
  • 1897 Betty Compson, American actress (Big City, Docks Of New York), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Cor Treslem, [Cornelis L Melsert], actor and director (Willem van Oranje)
  • 1907 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Louis Hayward, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1914 Fred Clark, American actor (Burns & Allen, Auntie Mame, Hazard), born in Lincoln, California (d. 1968)
  • 1914 Patricia Morison, actress (Peyton Place, Dressed to Kill)
  • 1916 Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Tige Andrews, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Tige Andrews, actor (Capt Adam Greer-Mod Squad), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1924 Mary Wimbush, British actress (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Patrick McGoohan, Astoria NY, actor (#6-Prisoner, Secret Agent)
  • 1929 Michael Ryan, actor (John Randolph-Another World)
  • 1933 Renée Taylor, American actress
  • 1935 Burt Metcalfe, Saskatchewan Canada, actor/dir (Father of the Bride)
  • 1935 Phyllis Newman, actress (Coming of Age, TW3), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1935 Renee Taylor, American actress (Jack Paar Show, Mary Hartman, Nanny), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Ursula Andress, Berne Switzerland, actress (She, Sensuous Nurse)
  • 1945 Lisa Nicole Baker, playmate of the year (Nov 1966), born in Detroit, Texas
  • 1945 Stefanos Kiriakidis, Greek actor
  • 1946 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • 1947 Glenn Close, American actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1949 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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1952 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax), born in New York City

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein

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1955 Bruce Willis, American actor (Moonlighting, Die Hard), born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

  • 1959 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1960 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1962 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1964 Jake Weber, British actor
  • 1969 Michael Bergin, model (Coca Cola)/actor
  • 1969 Connor Trinneer, American actor
  • 1971 Dalton James, actor (My Father the Hero, Mark-Beverly Hills 90201)
  • 1971 Nadja Auermann, German supermodel
  • 1973 Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Australian actress
  • 1974 Jennifer Lynn Drayton, Saginaw Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1997)
  • 1974 Vida Guerra, Cuban-American swimsuit model
  • 1975 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • 1976 Rachel Blanchard, actress (Cher Horowitz-Clueless), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977 Jorma Taccone, American writer and comedian
  • 1981 Kim Rae Won, South Korean actor and model
  • 1982 Matt Littler, British actor
  • 1983 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
  • 1983 Matt Sydal, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Tanushree Dutta, Indian actress
  • 1993 Munro Chambers, Canadian actor
  • 1999 Tatum McCann, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Talk show host David Letterman (61) weds longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko (48) at a civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1936 John Larkin IV, actor/writer (Charlie Chan in Panama), dies at 63
  • 1974 Edward Platt, actor (Chief-Get Smart), dies at 58
  • 1976 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • 1979 Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video), dies at 65
  • 1979 Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • 1987 Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • 1991 Sunday Wilshin, actor (Murder by Rope), dies at 86
  • 1992 Cesare Danova, actor (Tentacles, Viva Las Vegas), dies at 66
  • 2003 Émile Genest, Canadian actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Calvert DeForest, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)

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2008 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86

  • 2013 Harry Reems, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 65