On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for March 4

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1841 Dion Boucicault's "London Assurance" premieres in London

Actor and Playwright Dion Boucicault
Actor and Playwright
Dion Boucicault

Film release premierFilm Premier

1922 1st vampire film "Nosferatu", an un-authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1937 9th Academy Awards: "The Great Ziegfeld", Paul Muni & Luise Rainer wins

Actor Paul Muni
Paul Muni
Actress Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1943 15th Academy Awards: "Mrs. Miniver", James Cagney & Greer Garson win

  • 1947 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 David Attenbrough became the new controller of BBC2

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1976 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Comedian and Actress Carol Burnett
Comedian and Actress
Carol Burnett
  • 1979 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • 1979 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS
  • 1993 Katharine Hepburn admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion
  • 2001 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • 2006 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

2006 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend
  • 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards: "For Colored Girls" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2013 British TV drama "Broadchurch" created by Chris Chibnall, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman premieres on ITV

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2018 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1765 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, baptized in Hampshire, England (d. 1814)
  • 1873 Guy Wetmore Carryl, American humorist and poet (d. 1904)
  • 1883 Maude Fealy, American actor and drama coach (The Ten Commandments), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1887 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (The Magic Cloak), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1888 Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (Grand Hotel, The Devil-Doll), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1942)
  • 1889 Pearl White [Victoria], American actress and stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), born in Green Ridge, Missouri (d. 1938)
  • 1891 Lois Wilson, American actress and co-founder of Al-Anon, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Harold Berens, comedian
  • 1904 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), born in Storozhynets, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1904 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, born in James Mill, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1913 John Garfield [Jacob Garfinkle], American actor (Four Daughters, Body and Soul), born in NYC, New York (d. 1952)
  • 1920 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (To Serve Them All My Days), born in Bearsden, Dumbartonshire, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Martha O'Driscoll, American film actress, dancer and socialite (Young and Willing, Blonde Alibi), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), born in Amreli, Gujarat, India (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Thayer David, American actor (Eiger Sanction, Rocky, Nero Wolfe, Savages), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Paula Prentiss [Ragusa], American actress (Parallax View, He & She), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1939 Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor
  • 1940 Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
  • 1941 John Aprea, actor (Lucas-Another World, The Godfather Part II), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1941 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1945 Jaime Tirelli, American actor (Orlando Lopez-Ball Four), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Frank Novak, American actor
  • 1946 Red Stripe [David Gittins], British actor and songer (The Flying Pickets - "Only You"; Poets of the Machine), born in England
  • 1947 David Franzoni, American screenwriter
  • 1947 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Ofelia Medina, Mexican actress and screenwriter
  • 1951 Gwen Welles, American actress (Desert Hearts, Sticky Fingers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1952 Ronn Moss, actor (Ridge-Bold & Beautiful, Santa Barbara), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Kay Lenz, actress (Moving Violations, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Scott Hicks, Ugandan-born film director
  • 1954 Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955 Dominique Pinon, French actor
  • 1958 Patricia Heaton, actress (Debra-Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1960 Russell Todd, actor (Dr Jamie Frame-Another World), born in Troy, New York
  • 1960 Mykelti Williamson, American actor
  • 1961 Steven Weber, American actor (Wings - "Brian Hackett"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1962 David Sparrow, English actor
  • 1963 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • 1963 Daniel Roebuck, American actor, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Stacy Edwards, American actress (Santa Barbara), born in Glasgow, Montana
  • 1965 Paul W. S. Anderson, English filmmaker
  • 1965 Andrew Collins, English journalist, scriptwriter and broadcaster
  • 1966 Steve Bastoni, Italian Australian actor
  • 1966 Wash West [Wash Westmoreland], English film director (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood), born in Leeds, England
  • 1967 Time Vine, English comedian and presenter (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), born in London, England
  • 1968 Patsy Kensit, English actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St), born in London, England
  • 1969 Chaz Bono [Chastity Sun Bono], American actress (Sonny & Cher Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Frank Nicotero, American comedian
  • 1969 Patrick Roach, Canadian actor
  • 1971 Shavar Ross, American actor-turned film director, writer, film producer and editor
  • 1971 Nick Stabile, American actor
  • 1975 Kim Jung-Eun, South Korean actress
  • 1976 Sean Covel, American film producer
  • 1978 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Ai Iwamura, Japanese actress
  • 1986 Margo Harshman, American actress
  • 1990 Andrea Bowen, American actress
  • 1991 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model
  • 1993 Jenna Boyd, American actress, born in Bedford, Texas
  • 1993 Alice Jones, British actress
  • 1993 Abigail Mavity, American actress
  • 1993 Yves Michel-Beneche, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1971 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Actress Phoebe Cates marries actor Kevin Kline

  • 2000 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)

LoveWedding of Interest

2016 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (84) weds model Jerry Hall (59) in a private civil ceremony at Spencer House in London

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1923 Italian actor Rudolph Valentino (24) divorces actress Jean Acker (26)

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1960 Lucille Ball files for divorce from Desi Arnaz

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1852 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • 1922 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, dies at 46
  • 1945 Lucille La Verne, American actress (b. 1872)
  • 1945 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • 1969 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • 1977 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • 1981 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1984 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1984 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Vance Colvig, actor (UHF, Barfly, My Chauffeur), dies at 72
  • 1992 Arthur Babbitt, animator (Mr Magoo, Goofy), die at 84 of heart failure
  • 1992 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), dies at 61

Person of interestJohn Candy

1994 John Candy, actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1997 Carey Loftin, American actor (Duel, The French Connection), dies at 83
  • 1999 Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), dies at 68
  • 2002 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2008 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • 2010 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Angelo Poffo, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)

Person of interestLuke Perry

2019 Luke Perry, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale), dies after a stroke at 52

Actor Luke Perry
Luke Perry
  • 2019 King Kong Bundy [Christopher Pallies], American pro wrestler (WWF), dies at 61