On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 26

Events in Film & TV


Music concertMusic Concert

1938 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1953 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

1964 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 "Marcus Welby, M.D.", starring Robert Young and James Brolin debuts as a TV movie on ABC-TV, prior to becoming a weekly series

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1970 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • 1971 "Cannon" starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons
  • 1973 TV soap opera "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1982 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1990 62nd Academy Awards: "Driving Miss Daisy", Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1990 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1995 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Color of Night" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2000 72nd Academy Awards: "American Beauty", Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 "The Black Panther" becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Gerald du Maurier, British actor (Power, Escape!, Masks and Faces), born in London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1894 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • 1909 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • 1911 T. Hee, American animator (Dance of the Hours - Fantasia), born in Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Sterling Hayden, American actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra), born in Upper Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1986)

Person of interestStrother Martin

1919 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1980)

  • 1923 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

1931 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • 1934 Alan Arkin, American actor (Catch-22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Phillip R. Allen, American stage and screen actor (Hardy Boys Mysteries - "Harry"; Star Trek III - "Captain Esteban"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1940 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestDiana Ross

1944 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1946 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Vicki Lawrence, American television actress (The Carol Burnett Show; Mama's Family), and singer ("The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1949 Patrick Süskind, German novelist and screenwriter ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer"), born in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1950 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestMartin Short

1950 Martin Short, Canadian comedian (SNL; SCTV; 3 Amigos), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1950 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Curtis Sliwa, American activist, founder of the Guardian Angels, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1957 Leeza Gibbons, American TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza), born in Hartsville, South Carolina
  • 1959 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent (Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator, 2004-07), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Jennifer Grey, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Billy Warlock, American actor (Baywatch), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1962 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • 1963 Paul de Leeuw, Dutch TV host (Cry of the Lion)
  • 1963 Amparo Larrañaga, Spanish actress
  • 1966 Michael Imperioli, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1970 Evan Richards, American actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), born in London, England
  • 1973 T.R. Knight, American actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1973 Matt Burke, Australian rugby union fullback (81 caps; NSW Waratahs; Eastwood) and broadcaster (Network 10), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Amy Smart, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Natalia Livingston, American actress (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress, born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
  • 1977 Sylvain Grenier, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1979 Heidi Zeigler, American child actress (Just the 10 of Us - "Sherry"), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1983 Michael Mondo [Mike Brendli], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Gordon Heights, New York
  • 1984 Sara Jean Underwood, American model

Person of interestKeira Knightley

1985 Keira Knightley, English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

  • 1985 Jonathan Groff, American actor (Hamilton, Frozen), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan
  • 1987 Joshua Herdman, English actor, born in Hampton, United Kingdom

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Comedic actor Bob Denver (44) weds fourth wife Dreama Peery

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

2011 Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon (36) weds talent agent Jim Toth (34) at Libbey Ranch in Ojai, California


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1960 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage

Broken heartPerson of Interest

1994 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (45) and American supermodel Christie Brinkley (40) divorce after 9 years of marriage

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1905 Maurice Barrymore [Herbert Blythe], Indian-born British actor and patriarch of the Barrymore family, dies from syphilis at 55

Person of interestSarah Bernhardt

1923 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (Camille, Queen Elizabeth), dies of uremia at 78

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Stage and Film Actress
Sarah Bernhardt
  • 1959 Raymond Chandler, British-American mystery writer novelist and screenwriter (Farewell My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; The Big Sleep), dies at 71
  • 1960 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61

Person of interestNoël Coward

1973 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1973 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1986 Bartlett Robinson, American actor (Wendy & Me, Mona McCluskey), dies at 73
  • 1987 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury; Suspicion; Dream Girl), dies at 88
  • 1990 International Chrysis, American Transvestite actor (Q&A), dies of cancer at 38
  • 2004 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), dies of diabetes and a stroke at 82
  • 2011 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • 2013 Don Payne, American television and screenwriter, dies from bone cancer at 48
  • 2017 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69