On This Day in Film & TV for March 30

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 British inventor Birt Acres films Oxford and Cambridge boat race

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1946 3rd Golden Globes: "The Lost Weekend", Ray Milland, & Ingrid Bergman win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1955 27th Academy Awards: "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win

  • 1959 WNED TV channel 17 in Buffalo, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 Soap opera "Somerset" premieres

MurderAssassination Attempt

1981 US President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.; three others are also wounded

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1981 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1987 59th Academy Awards: "Platoon", Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1992 64th Academy Awards: "The Silence of the Lambs", Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster win

  • 1992 CBS TV premieres overnight news program "Up To The Minute"
  • 1994 ABC Masters Tournament won by Hobo Boothe

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Anna Q Nilsson, Swedish actress (Shenandoah, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov)
  • 1898 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), born in Kensington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Ernst Gombrich, OM/FBA/director (Warburg Institute)
  • 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Herbert Anderson, American character actor (Dennis The Menace, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1919 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), born in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1989)
  • 1927 Peter Marshall, TV game show host (Hollywood Squares), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1929 Richard Dysart, Brighton Mass, actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law)
  • 1929 Shirley Stoler, American actress (The Honeymoon Killers, Seven Beauties), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1930 John Astin, actor (I'm Dickens He's Fenster, Addams Family), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1933 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor (Circle of Love, Cousins), born in Aumale, Algeria
  • 1937 Jay W Macintosh, actress (Sons & Daughters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1937 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1948 Justin Deas, actor (As The World Turns, Santa Barbara), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Leslie Joan Corn, theatre producer/director/writer
  • 1949 Sue Cook, British broadcaster
  • 1949 Naomi Sims, American fashion model and businesswoman
  • 1949 Dana [Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein] Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England

Person of interestRobbie Coltrane

1950 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 1953 Cydney Bernard, American film producer
  • 1957 Paul Reiser, American actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Maurice LaMarche, Canadian voice actor
  • 1962 Bil Dwyer, American comedian and TV host, born in Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • 1964 Ian Ziering, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210), born in West Orange, New Jersey
  • 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1968 Donna D'Errico, Dothan AL, playmate (Sep, 1995)
  • 1970 Mark Consuelos, Zaragosa Spain, actor (Mateo Santos-All My Children)
  • 1972 Peggy Zlotkowski, Miss France-Universe (1989)
  • 1975 Bahar Soomekh, American actress
  • 1982 Jason Dohring, American actor
  • 1983 Zach Gowen, American professional wrestler
  • 1985 Miss Fame [Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen], American drag queen, model, and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Templeton, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1946 Actress Doris Day (23) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2004 "Alias" actress Jennifer Garner (30) divorces actor Scott Foley (30) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 4 years of marriage

  • 2016 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorce after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1968 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 1971 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • 1972 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • 1976 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • 1977 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • 1985 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76

Person of interestJames Cagney

1986 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 86

  • 1989 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • 1991 Jan Willem Hofstra, Dutch actor/writer (Friends of My Friends), dies
  • 1993 Jeremy Siegrist, actor (Adv of Darly & Samy), dies hiking at 20
  • 1996 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist, dies at 78
  • 1998 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 1999 Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Terry Wilson, American actor (Wagon Train, Escape to Witch Mountain), dies at 75
  • 2003 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • 2004 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2014 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • 2018 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, dies at 89