On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1948 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1952 24th Academy Awards: "An American in Paris", Humphrey Bogart & Vivien Leigh win

  • 1955 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 The Supremes release "The Happening"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1967 WOET (now WPTD) TV channel 16 in Dayton, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1973 NBC TV premiere of pilot episode of "Police Story", based on Los Angeles Police Dept. Joseph Wambaugh's writings
  • 1987 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
  • 1987 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
  • 1991 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
  • 1994 14th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Indecent Proposal" wins
  • 1994 WrestleMania X, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Bret Hart beats Yokozuna to win WWF Championship
  • 1999 19th Golden Raspberry Awards: An Alan Smithee Film "Burn Hollywood Burn" wins
  • 2010 56th National Film Awards (India): "Antaheen" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2012 Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Actress Cynthia Nixon announces she will run for New York Governor

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
  • 2019 Four men arrested in South Korea for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and selling the footage via a website

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 The Walt Disney Company acquires Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment business for $71 billion

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Colin Campbell, Scottish actor (High Bright Sun, Leather Boys), born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • 1908 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Judith Evelyn [Evelyn Morris], American actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window), born in Seneca, South Dakota (d. 1967)
  • 1914 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), born in Dracut, Massachusetts (d. 1968)

Person of interestCarl Reiner

1922 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor and writer (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • 1922 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1924 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), born in Staškov, Slovakia (d. 1998)

Person of interestFred Rogers

1928 Fred Rogers, American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • 1929 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), born in Gijón, Asturias, Spain (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic), director, and musician, born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1935 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestVaughn Meader

1936 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 1937 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) and actor, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1943 Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • 1945 Jay Ingram, Canadian television host and author
  • 1948 John de Lancie, American actor (Star Trek Next Generation - "Q"; Days of Our Lives), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestWilliam Hurt

1950 William Hurt, actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950 Tom Towles, American actor (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1951 Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestSpike Lee

1957 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee
  • 1957 Theresa Russell [Paup], actress (Black Widow, Razor's Edge), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957 Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress

Person of interestHolly Hunter

1958 Holly Hunter, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano), born in Conyers, Georgia

Actress Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
  • 1959 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1959 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 John Clark Gable, American actor (Bad Jim), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Stephen Sommers, American film director
  • 1963 Kathleen "Kathy" Ireland, American model and actress (Alien From LA, Side Out), born in Glendale, California
  • 1963 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster

Person of interestDavid Thewlis

1963 David Thewlis, English actor (Remus Lupin-Harry Potter series), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

  • 1967 Bryan Genesse, actor, (Rocco-Bold & Beautiful, Grady-Street Justice)
  • 1973 Jane March, Edgeware England, actress (Lover)
  • 1973 Jung Woo-sung, South Korean actor
  • 1973 Cedric Yarbrough, American actor
  • 1974 Paula Garces, Colombian actress
  • 1979 Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress
  • 1979 Freema Agyeman, English actress (Doctor Who, New Amsterdam), born in London, England
  • 1979 Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • 1981 BeBe Zahara Benet [Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa], Cameroonian male model and drag queen (S1 winner: America's Next Drag Superstar), born in Cameroon
  • 1984 Christy Carlson Romano, American actress
  • 1986 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor
  • 1986 Ruby Rose, Australian model, actor (Orange is the New Black) recording artist, and gender activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1987 Rollo Weeks, English actor

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1970 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; (divorce in 1980)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1999 "Smallville" actress Annette O' Toole (46) weds "Laverne and Shirley" actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2009 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (37) divorces actress Harmoni Everett (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1730 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama "Adrienne Lecouvreur", dies at 37
  • 1947 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), dies at 62
  • 1972 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • 1972 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1974 Chet Huntley, American newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
  • 1976 Michael Goodliffe, British actor (A Night to Remember, Cromwell, 5th Day of Peace), commits suicide at 61
  • 1989 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), dies at 78
  • 1990 Maurice Cloche, French film director and screenwriter, dies at 82
  • 1992 Avonne Taylor, actress (My Best Girl, Honor Among Lovers), dies at 93
  • 1992 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1994 Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 1994 Don Goddard, American news anchor (ABC Evening News, 1958-59), dies at 89
  • 1995 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), dies from liver cancer and Hodgkin's disease at 47
  • 2000 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2015 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • 2015 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), dies at 83
  • 2018 Katie Boyle [Lady Sander Saunders], Italian born British actress and broadcaster (Eurovision), dies at 91