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 and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1962 Welterweight boxing title fight between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith, Paret knocked out 13th round, dies 10 days later. First use of television slow motion replay.

Battle of InterestIran Hostage Crisis

1980 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
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  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
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 and 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Comedian
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)
  • 1904 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), born in Barkotzen, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1906 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1995) [OS]
  • 1909 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Richard Conte, American actor (The Godfather, Tony Rome, Hotel), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)

Person of interestJoseph Barbera

1911 Joseph Barbera, American animator (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2006)

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • 1915 Gorgeous George, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), born in Huntington Park, California (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • 1928 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1928 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1993)

Person of interestSteve McQueen

1930 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), born in Beech Grove, Indiana (d. 1980)

  • 1932 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Hawaii 5-0)
  • 1934 William Smith, American actor
  • 1935 Mary Berry, English food writer and TV presenter (The Great British Bake Off), born in Bath, England
  • 1940 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1944 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1953 Louie Anderson, American comedian (Ratboy, Wrong Guys), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 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)
  • 1984 Tommy Snider, American actor (Dumb and Dumber To), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

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 (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies complications following a fall at 93
  • 2010 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • 2016 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • 2018 Lawrence K. Grossman, American news executive (PBS, NBC-TV) and author (The Electronic Republic), dies of Parkinson’s disease and cancer at 86