On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 19

Events in Film & TV

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

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premieres on CBS, with a group hug searching for a box tissues, then singing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"

  • 1979 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 -21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time

Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur Susan Lucci
Actress, TV Host and Entrepreneur
Susan Lucci

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1984 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

Actress Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 1906 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1907 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1914 Fred Clark, American actor (Burns & Allen, Auntie Mame, Hazard), born in Lincoln, California (d. 1968)
  • 1914 Patricia Morison, American actress (Peyton Place, Dressed to Kill, Kiss Me, Kate The King and I), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Eric Christmas, British actor (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1924 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), born in Kenton, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Renee Taylor [Wexler], American actress (Jack Paar Show; The Nanny - "Sylvia"), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1936 Ursula Andress, Swiss model, actress and sex symbol (Dr. No, Casino Royale, She, Sensuous Nurse), born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland
  • 1945 Lisa Nicole Baker, American Playboy playmate (Nov 1966, Playmate of the Year 1967), born in Detroit, Texas
  • 1945 Stefanos Kiriakidis, Greek actor
  • 1946 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)

Person of interestGlenn Close

1947 Glenn Close, American actress (The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction), born in Greenwich, Connecticut

Actress Glenn Close
Glenn Close
  • 1949 Denny Albee, American actor (Dr Janssen-One Life to Live), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Person of interestHarvey Weinstein

1952 Harvey Weinstein, American film producer (Miramax) and convicted sex offender whose actions helped spark the #MeToo movement, born in NYC, New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein

Person of interestBruce Willis

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
  • 1962 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1964 Jake Weber, British actor
  • 1969 Michael Bergin, model (Coca-Cola) and actor
  • 1969 Connor Trinneer, American actor
  • 1971 Dalton James, American actor (My Father, The Hero; Beverly Hills 90201 - "Mark"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Nadja Auermann, German supermodel, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1973 Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Australian actress
  • 1974 Vida Guerra, Cuban-American swimsuit model
  • 1975 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • 1976 Rachel Blanchard, Canadian actress (Clueless -"Cher Horowitz"), 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 (Aashiq Banaya Aapne), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • 1993 Munro Chambers, Canadian actor
  • 1999 Tatum McCann, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding 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

  • 1974 Edward Platt, American actor (Chief-Get Smart), dies at 58
  • 1976 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • 1979 Albert "Al" Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
  • 1979 Richard Beckinsale, English 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, Italian-American actor (Tentacles, Viva Las Vegas, Garrison's Gorillas), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2003 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), dies at 81
  • 2007 Calvert DeForest, American comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), dies at 85
  • 2008 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)

Person of interestPaul Scofield

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

  • 2012 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), dies at 83
  • 2013 Harry Reems, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 65