On This Day in Film & TV for March 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • 1935 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network

Film release premierFilm Premier

1939 "Wuthering Heights" based on the novel by Emily Brontë, directed by William Wyler starring Merle Oberonand and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

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1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1949 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win, Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win awards
  • 1980 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1986 58th Academy Awards: "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win

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1989 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1991 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins
  • 1996 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Showgirls" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1997 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush & Frances McDormand win

  • 2001 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Battlefield Earth" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2002 74th Academy Awards: "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

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2005 US version of "The Office" created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, developed by Greg Daniels, starring Steve Carrell and John Krasinski premieres on NBS

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • 1888 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1895 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers)
  • 1909 Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English radio comic/actor (Phoenix)
  • 1910 Richard Conte, actor (4 Just Men, Tony Rome, Hotel), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1915 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Gene Nelson, [Berg], actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1923 Murray Hamilton, Washington NC, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1924 Lois Andrews, actress (Ganster, Rustlers, Desert Hawk)
  • 1924 Norman Fell, actor (Mr Roper-3's Company, The End, Graduate), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • 1928 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orch)
  • 1928 Vanessa Brown, actress (My Favorite Husband), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1930 Kenneth Nelson, Rocky Mount NC, actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family)

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1930 Steve McQueen, American actor (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana

  • 1932 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Hawaii 5-0)
  • 1934 William Smith, American actor
  • 1940 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1944 R. Lee Ermey, American actor
  • 1945 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1952 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954 Donna Pescow, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Robert Carradine, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Kelly LeBrock, American actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • 1962 Star Jones, attorney/TV hostess (NBC, Inside Edition)
  • 1965 Peter Jacobson, American actor
  • 1965 Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
  • 1965 The Undertaker, American professional wrestler
  • 1966 Tatjana Patitz, model/actress (Rising Sun), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1970 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • 1971 Megyn Price, American actress
  • 1973 Jim Parsons, actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Alyson Hannigan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I met Your Mother), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer, actress and diva
  • 1977 Olivia Burnette, San Clemente California, actress (Torkelsons)
  • 1977 Jessica Chastain, American actress (Martian, Mama, The Help), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1979 Lake Bell, American actress
  • 1979 Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor (Murder, Zeher), born in Pulgaon, Maharashtra
  • 1980 Luke Edwards, Nevada City Ca, actor (Newsie)
  • 1985 Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model
  • 1990 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
  • 1992 Thomas Law, English actor

Weddings in Film & TV

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1921 Comedian Oliver Hardy (29) marries actress Myrtle Reeves (24)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) weds Roberto Rossellini

  • 1952 Author of 'James Bond' novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 "Knight Rider" actor David Hasselhoff (32) weds "One Life to Live" actress Catherine Hickland (28)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • 1968 Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1975 Muriel Hutchinson, actor (Another Thin Man), dies at 60
  • 1976 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66
  • 1982 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • 1984 Sam Jaffe, actor (Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93
  • 1986 Sarah Cunningham, actress (Nurse Andrews-Trapper John MD), dies at 67
  • 1990 Alice Sapritch, actress (European Vacation), dies
  • 1990 Ray Goulding, comedian (Bob & Ray), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 1990 Rene Enriquez, actor (Hill St Blues), dies of pancreatic cancer at 56
  • 1993 Taylor Reed, actor (Easy Money), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 2006 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Robert Culp, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2016 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66