On This Day in Film & TV for March 26

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 tv awardsFilm Awards

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

  • 1969 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • 1971 "Cannon" with William Conrad premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1973 TV Soap "The Young & the Restless" premieres on CBS
  • 1982 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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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 awardsFilm Awards

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

  • 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

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

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, Broken Hill Australia, actor (Desert Rats)
  • 1916 Sterling Hayden, NJ, actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra)

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

  • 1922 William Milliken, actor (Drive-in)
  • 1923 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men)

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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, Pitts, actor (Harry-Hardy Boys Mystery, Mitch-Alice)
  • 1940 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Johnny Crawford, actor (Mark-The Rifleman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Vicki Lawrence, actress (Carol Burnett, Mama's Family), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1950 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana

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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
  • 1951 Richard B Shull, US actor (Hail to the Chief, Big Bus)
  • 1954 Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
  • 1954 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1957 Leeza Gibbons, SC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza)
  • 1960 Jennifer Grey, actress (Dirty Dancing), Joel Grey's daughter, born in New York City
  • 1961 Billy Warlock, actor (Baywatch), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1963 Paul de Leeuw, Dutch TV host (Cry of the Lion)
  • 1963 Amparo Larrañaga, Spanish actress
  • 1966 Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • 1970 Evan Richards, actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright and film director
  • 1972 Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • 1973 Heather Goldenhersh, American actress
  • 1973 T.R. Knight, American actor
  • 1976 Amy Smart, American actress
  • 1976 Natalia Livingston, American actress
  • 1976 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress
  • 1977 Sylvain Grenier, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1979 Heidi Zeigler, actress (Sherry-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1983 Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
  • 1984 Sara Jean Underwood, American model

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

  • 1985 Jonathan Groff, American stage actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver

HeartWedding 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1905 Maurice Barrymore [Herbert Blythe], Indian-born British actor and patriarch of the Barrymore family, dies from syphilis at 55
  • 1923 Sarah Bernhardt, [Henriette], actress (Queen Elizabeth), dies at 77
  • 1960 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1976 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • 1986 Bartlett Robinson, actor (Wendy & Me, Mona McCluskey), dies at 73
  • 1987 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), dies at 88
  • 1990 International Chrysis, Transvestite actor (Q&A), dies of cancer at 38
  • 2004 Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • 2013 Don Payne, American television and screen writer, dies from bone cancer at 48
  • 2017 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69