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

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

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

  • 1955 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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
  • 1994 14th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Indecent Proposal" wins
  • 1994 Brett Hart wins WWF championship at Wrestlemania X at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • 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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Colin Campbell, Scottish actor (High Bright Sun, Leather Boys), born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 1883)
  • 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, Belgian/Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled)
  • 1913 Judith Evelyn, Seneca SD, actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window)
  • 1914 Wendell Corey, Dracut Mass, actor (11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl)

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1922 Carl Reiner, comedian (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York

Actor & Comedian Carl Reiner
Actor & Comedian
Carl Reiner
  • 1922 Jack Kruschen, Winnipeg Canada, actor (Papa-Webster, Busting Loose)
  • 1922 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1924 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Ted Bessell, actor (Don-That Girl, Frankie-Gomer Pyle), born in Flushing, New York

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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 actor
  • 1931 Hal Linden, [Harold Lipshitz], actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic)
  • 1935 Ted Bessell, American actor (d. 1996)

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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, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 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, actor (Q-Star Trek Next Gen, Days of our Lives)

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

  • 1951 Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life), born in Detroit, Michigan

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

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

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

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
  • 1959 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1959 Sting [Steve Borden], American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 John Clark Gable, actor (Bad Jim), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Stephen Sommers, American film director
  • 1963 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster

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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, British actress
  • 1979 Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • 1984 Rami Malek, Egyptian-born actor
  • 1984 Christy Carlson Romano, American actress
  • 1986 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor
  • 1987 Rollo Weeks, English actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
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 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid), dies at 50
  • 1974 Chet Huntley, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
  • 1976 Michael Goodliffe, actor (Gorgon, 7th Dawn, Way Out), dies at 61
  • 1992 Avonne Taylor, actress (My Best Girl, Honor Among Lovers), dies at 93
  • 1994 Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 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)
  • 2015 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies at 87