On This Day in Film & TV for March 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.

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1939 "The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released

  • 1961 8th National Film Awards (India): "Anuradha" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1981 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins

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1981 53rd Academy Awards: "Ordinary People", Robert De Niro & Sissy Spacek win

  • 1990 "Carol & Company" starring Carol Burnett premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1996 Wrestlemania XII - Shawn Michaels beats Brett Hart for WWF title
  • 1997 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV

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1999 "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1809 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • 1891 Victor Varconi, Hungarian actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings, Big City)
  • 1907 Eddie Quillan, actor (Julia, Hell Town), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1915 Henry Morgan, American comedian/TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 John Vivyan, actor (Imitation of Life, Mr Lucky), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1916 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress, (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Patrick McGee, Northern Irish actor (Clockwork Orange), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d.1982)
  • 1922 Richard Kiley, actor (Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Sydney Chaplin, American actor and son of Charles Chaplin (Adding Machine, Psycho Sisters), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2009)
  • 1927 William Daniels, American actor (Dr Mark Craig-St Elsewhere, 1776), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929 Lee Patterson, actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1933 Bob Simmons, Fulham England, stuntman (double for James Bond)
  • 1933 Shirley Jones, American actress (Partridge Family, Elmer Gantry), born in Smithton, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Richard Chamberlain, American actor (Dr Kildare), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1936 Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
  • 1938 Nathaniel Taylor, actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), born in St Louis, Missouri

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1943 Christopher Walken, American actor (The Deer Hunter, Brainstorm), born in NYC, New York

  • 1945 Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
  • 1946 Gabe Kaplan, American comedian and actor (Welcome Back Kotter), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Rhea Perlman, American actress (Zena in Taxi, Carla in Cheers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Ed Marinaro, American actor (Joe-Hill St Blues, Sonny-Laverne & Shirley), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1956 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Marc McClure, San Mateo California, actor (Ross-California Fever)
  • 1957 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1958 Tony Cox, American actor
  • 1960 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • 1964 Isabelle Ferrari [Isabella Fogliazza], Italian actress (Italy's Miss Teenager), born in Ponte dell'Olio, Italy
  • 1965 William McNamara, actor (Texasville, Beat, Stealing Home), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969 Samantha Brown, American television host

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1971 Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor (Trainspotting), born in Perth, Scotland

  • 1972 Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar, Spanish film director
  • 1972 Andrew Bowen, American actor
  • 1974 Carol Ann Plante, actress (Sara Henderson-Harry & the Hendersons)
  • 1974 Benjamin Eicher, Swiss film director
  • 1975 Adam Green, American film director
  • 1976 Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)
  • 1976 Josh Saviano, actor (Paul Pfeiffer-Wonder Years)
  • 1980 Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor

Weddings in Film & TV


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1960 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Comedian/Writer
Larry David

HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 2007 Brazilian television presenter Ana Maria Braga weds businessman Marcelo Frisoni in Morumbi, Sao Paulo
  • 2011 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (32) divorces actress Heather Ann McComb (33) after almost 7 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1951 Ralph Forbes, actor (Riptide, Shock, Shock), dies at 45
  • 1957 Gene Lockhart, NYC actor (Going My Way), dies at 65
  • 1967 Don Alvarado [Jose Page], American actor (Captain Thunder, Morning Glory, Big Steal), dies from cancer at 66
  • 1971 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31
  • 1972 Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 1974 Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57
  • 1978 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • 1983 Stephen Murray, English actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • 1986 Harry Ritz, comedian and actor (Ritz Brothers), dies at 79
  • 1986 Jerry Paris, director/actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • 1993 Brandon Lee, American actor (The Crow) and son of Bruce Lee, dies in an on-set firearms accident at 28
  • 1993 Chichay, Filipino actress (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • 2010 Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2016 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • 2016 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 96