On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 22

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Film release premierFilm Premier

1936 "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

  • 1944 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1956 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1962 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1964 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • 1975 Walt Disney World Shopping Village opens
  • 1978 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" debuts on NBC television
  • 1986 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • 1992 Herb Gardner's play "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch and Tony Shalhoub, opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1993 André the Giant's induction into inaugural WWE Hall of Fame is announced; no ceremony takes place and he is inducted posthumously

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 "Not a Moment Too Soon" 2nd studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 1998 18th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Postman wins
  • 2003 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Swept Away" wins
  • 2018 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1868 Henry W Methorst, lawyer/director (Dutch Cent Bureau of Statistics)
  • 1887 Chico Marx [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1912 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1913 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1913 Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Virginia Grey, American actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho), born in Edendale, California (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Hogan's Heroes), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), born in Gródek, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1920 James Brown, American actor (Objective, Burma!, Rin Tin Tin), born in Desdemona, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), born in Castro dei Volsci, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist and actor (Barbarella, Silent Movie), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Bill Wendell, American TV announcer (Late Night With David Letterman), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)

Person of interestWilliam Shatner

1931 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1934 May Britt, Swedish actress (Young Lions), and wife of Sammy Davis Jr, born in Lidingö, Sweden
  • 1934 Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994)
  • 1935 M[ichael] Emmet Walsh, American actor (Wildcats, War Party), born in Ogdensburg New York
  • 1937 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), born in Samrong Yong, Cambodia (d. 1996)
  • 1941 Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor (Strapless, Wings of Desire), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1941 Jeremy Clyde, English pop singer and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy - "A Summer Song") and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1942 Bernd Herzsprung, German actor (Freunde fürs Leben), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1946 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • 1948 Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist (CNN), born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1949 Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC), born in Middlesex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Fanny Ardant, French actress (The Woman Next Door), born in Saumur, France
  • 1956 Lena Olin, Swedish actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1957 Stephanie Mills, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Matthew Modine, American actor (Full Metal Jacket), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1959 Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • 1965 Emma Wray, English actress, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1971 Will Yun Lee, American actor, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1973 Dax Griffin, American actor (Tim Truman-Sunset Beach, Ant Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1973 Beverley Knight, English singer and actress, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1976 Kellie Shanygne Williams, actress (Laura-Family Matters), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestReese Witherspoon

1976 Reese Witherspoon, American actress (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestConstance Wu

1982 Constance Wu, Taiwanese-American actress (Fresh Off the Boat), born in Richmond, Virginia

Actress Constance Wu
Actress
Constance Wu
  • 1988 Tania Raymonde, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 2233 James T Kirk, science fiction captain of USS Enterprise (Star Trek)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1916 British author of "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 2009 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1952 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1962 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), dies at 65
  • 1964 Addison Richards, American actor (Pentagon, Fighting Seabees), dies at 61
  • 1969 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • 1975 Catherine "Cass" Daley, American actress (Star Spangled Rhythm, Red Garters), dies from an accidental fall at 59
  • 1975 Paul Verhoeven, German actor and director (Das kleine Hofkonzert), dies at 73
  • 1977 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1979 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), dies at 78
  • 1986 Charles Starrett, American actor (The Mask of Fu Manchu, Bonanza Town), dies at 82
  • 1986 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1987 Joan Shawlee [Fulton], American actress (Some Like It Hot, Prehistoric Women, The Abbott & Costello Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1991 Gloria Holden, actress (Dracula's Daughter, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • 1999 David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

2001 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 2009 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • 2016 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • 2018 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2020 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81