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, Chatham NY, actress (Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars)
  • 1920 Carl Betz, Pitts, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show)
  • 1921 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (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, Helsinki Finland, actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls)
  • 1932 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor
  • 1934 Joyce Van Patten, 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 [Aino] Elina Salo, Sipoo Finland, actress (Hamlet Goes Business)
  • 1938 Charles Siebert, actor (One Day at A Time, Trapper John), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)
  • 1943 Trish Van Devere, [Patricia Dressel], Tenafly New Jersey, actress (Changeling)
  • 1952 William Kirby Cullen, actor (How the West Was Won), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1953 Henriette J Toll, actress (Soldier of Orange)
  • 1954 Keven Wade, Chappaqua NY, screen writer (Working Girls)
  • 1955 Ornella Muti, actress (Flash Gordon, Most Beautiful Wife), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1957 Faith Daniels, news anchor (CBS-TV)
  • 1958 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1958 Jack Kenny, American television writer and producer
  • 1959 Kato [Brian] Kaelin, actor (Beach Fever)/OJ roommate/witness
  • 1959 Lonny Price, American actor (Muppets Take Manhattan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Linda Fiorentino, actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Robert Rechsteiner, US professional wrestler (Rick Steiner)
  • 1962 Brian Green, 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 Sara Nicole Williams, Miss USA-Washington (1997)
  • 1972 Kerr Smith, American actor
  • 1976 Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host
  • 1977 Yamila Diaz, Argentine supermodel
  • 1979 Melina Perez, WWE Diva
  • 1982 Paul Ballard, English television presenter
  • 1986 Brittany Snow, American actress
  • 1987 Bow Wow, American rapper and actor
  • 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, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • 1975 Shirley Ross, actress (Night Vision, Mindkiller), dies at 62
  • 1979 Barbara Mullen, actress (Talk of a Million), dies at 64
  • 1980 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • 1982 Alan Badel, actor (Shogun), 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, Spanish actor (The French Connection), dies of 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 (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2016 Robert Horton, American actor (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91