On This Day in Film & TV for March 6

Events in Film & TV

  • 1959 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • 1967 WACS TV channel 25 in Dawson, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • 1996 10th American Comedy Award: James Burrows
  • 2004 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2010 30th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" wins
  • 2016 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1615 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), born in Flanders, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1882 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1891 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1899 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Ludwig Donath, Austrian actor (Torn Curtain, Sirocco, Jolson Sings Again), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungar (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), born in East Sussex, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Chris Baay, Dutch actor (Tomorrow It Will Be Better, Klatergoud, Surprise Raid), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)

Person of interestLou Costello

1906 Lou Costello, American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1959)

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1913 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 19690
  • 1914 Kirill P Kondrashin, conductor (Hollywood Bowl 1981), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1916 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1972)
  • 1917 Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1921 Ross Hunter, American film producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996) date of birth disputed)
  • 1923 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), born in Suwalki (d. 2016)
  • 1927 William J Bell, soap opera creator (Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

1927 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), born in Aracataca, Colombia (d. 2014)

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1930 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Carmen Delavallade, US dancer/singer/actress (Aida)
  • 1931 John Smith, US actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Jean Boht, English actress (Bread, Distant Voices, Still Lives), born in Bebington, England
  • 1933 William Davis, author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
  • 1934 John Noakes, British TV presenter, born in Yorkshire, England (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Doug Dillard, actor (Clem-Popeye)
  • 1939 David Spielberg, Weslaco Tx, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)
  • 1940 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • 1941 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), born in Karyn Kupcinet (d. 1963)
  • 1942 Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 1945 Anna Maria Horsford, American actress (Thelma Frye-Amen), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Martin Kove, American actor (Victor-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Judy Loe, Urmston Manchester UK, actress (Singles, Meaning of Life)
  • 1947 Rob Reiner, American actor and director (All in the Family, Stand By Me), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Jackie Zeman, actress (Bobbie-General Hospital), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1957 Edward "Eddie" Deezen, American actor (Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 1959 Thomas "Tom" Arnold, American actor (Tom, True Lies) and former husband of actress Rosanne Barr, born in Iowa
  • 1963 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2015)
  • 1963 D.L. Hughley, American comedian and actor
  • 1964 Cher Butler, playmate (August, 1985), born in Garland, Texas
  • 1966 Alan Davies, British comedian and actor (Jonathan Creek, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), born in Loughton, Essex, England
  • 1968 Connie Britton, actress (Nikki-Spin City), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Moira Kelly, actress (Cutting Edge)
  • 1969 Andrea Elson, American actress (Lynn-Alf, Alice-Whiz Kids), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Greg Scott, British TV personality
  • 1970 Amy Pietz, actress (Annie-Caroline In the City), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Sean Morley, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Susan Alexander, Miss America-Maryland (1997), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1974 Sebastian Siegel, British-American actor (Lost, Hawaii Five-0), born in Oxford, England
  • 1975 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1976 Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Lara Cox, Australian Actress
  • 1979 David Flair, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Ellen Muth, American actress
  • 1985 Albert Reed, American model
  • 1986 Eli Marienthal, American actor
  • 1987 Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
  • 1996 Savanah Stehlin, American actress

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1964 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1924 Meyer van Beem, Dutch actor (Mottige Janus, Black Venus), dies at 85
  • 1935 Fridolf Rhudin, Swedish actor and comedian (The Wrong Millionaire, Secret Svensson), dies from brain fever at 39
  • 1937 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), dies at sea at 37
  • 1950 Lew Lehr, American comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • 1951 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • 1959 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), dies at 85
  • 1961 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • 1961 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • 1964 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), dies at 81
  • 1965 Margaret Dumont [Daisy Baker], actress (Animal Crackers), dies at 75
  • 1967 Nelson Eddy, US baritone/actor (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1967 Oscar Shaw, actor (Rhythm on the River, Marianne), dies at 76
  • 1970 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • 1976 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • 1979 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • 1982 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 1982 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), dies at 97
  • 1983 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • 1984 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • 1986 Adolph Caesar, actor (Club Paradise, Soldier's Story), dies
  • 1989 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • 1992 Elvia Allman, actress (Night at Earl Carroll's), dies of pneumonia
  • 1994 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, activist and politician, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 1996 Simon Cadell, actor (Enemy at the Door), dies at 45
  • 2000 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2001 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • 2004 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47
  • 2005 Teresa Wright, American actress (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2006 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 2007 Allen Coage (aka "Bad News Brown", "Bad News Allen"), American professional wrestler and judoka (b. 1943)
  • 2014 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • 2017 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 2018 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), dies from natural causes at 88