On This Day in Film & TV for March 9

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
  • 1954 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1981 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1981 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1991 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1697 Friederike C Neuber, German actress and author (Allerkostbarste Schatz), born in Reichenbach im Vogtland (d. 1760)
  • 1806 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1892 Frank Puglia, Italian actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), born in Frankfort, Indiana (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Marguerite Chapman, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars), born in Chatham, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1921 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Taina Elg, Finnish-American actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls), born in Impilahti, Finland
  • 1932 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1934 Joyce Van Patten, American actress (Good Guys, Don Rickles Show), born in Queens, New York
  • 1936 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Elina Salo, Finnish actress (Hamlet Goes Business), born in Sipoo, Finland
  • 1938 Charles Siebert, American actor (One Day at A Time, Trapper John), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Trish Van Devere [Patricia Louise Dressel], American actress (The Changeling), born in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • 1952 William Kirby Cullen, American actor (How the West Was Won), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1953 HenriĆ«tte Tol Dutch, actress (Soldier of Orange), born in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • 1954 Kevin Wade, American screen writer (Working Girls), born in Chappaqua, New York
  • 1955 Ornella Muti, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Most Beautiful Wife), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1957 Faith Daniels, American television news anchor (CBS-TV), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Stretford, Lancashire
  • 1958 Jack Kenny, American television writer and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Kato Kaelin, American actor (Beach Fever), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1959 Lonny Price, American actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Linda Fiorentino, American actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Rick Steiner [Robert Rechsteiner], American professional wrestler, born in Bay City, Michigan
  • 1962 Brian Green, American actor (Sam Fowler-Another World), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1964 Juliette Binoche, French actress (The English Patient, Unbearable Lightness), born in Paris, France
  • 1971 Emmanuel Lewis, American actor (Webster), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Marcia M Griffith, Miss America-Maryland (1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Kerr Smith, American actor (Final Destination, Dawson's Creek), born in Exton, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1977 Yamila Diaz, Argentine supermodel, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Melina Perez, American model and WWE Diva, born in High Desert, California
  • 1982 Paul Ballard, English television presenter, born in Essex
  • 1986 Brittany Snow, American actress
  • 1987 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1989 Christina Broccolini, Canadian TV presenter
  • 1996 Darsheel Safary, Youngest Indian actor to win filmfare award for best performance

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1985 Actors Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed
  • 2007 Actor-director Prem (28) weds actress Rakshita (23) at Raja Rajeshwarinagar in Bangalore
  • 2007 Model and actress Erika Heynatz (30) weds finance broker Andrew Kingston at Whale Beach retreat

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Johanna W "Mina" Bakker, Dutch actress (Boefje), dies at 87
  • 1969 Richard Crane,American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1975 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1979 Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1980 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • 1982 Alan Badel, British actor (Shogun, Salome, Bill Brand), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1982 Rex Marshall, American TV announcer (Circuit Rider, Herman Hickman Show), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1983 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1986 Ned Calmer, TV host (In the First Person), dies at 78
  • 1992 Felipe Turich, actor (Lawless), dies
  • 1993 Ad van Gessel, Dutch actor (Everything For Our Soldiers), dies
  • 1994 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), dies of bladder cancer at 76
  • 1994 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • 1994 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • 1996 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • 2003 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), dies at 87
  • 2012 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2016 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91