On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 10

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1849 1st performance by American actor Edwin Booth (Richard III)

  • 1954 WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1956 WSYE (now WETM) TV channel 18 in Elmira-Corning, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1958 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KLRN TV channel 9 in San Antonio, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 WDCN TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WUND TV channel 2 in Columbia, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KVVU TV channel 5 in Henderson-Las Vegas, NV (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on NBC TV, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • 1977 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host

TV Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
TV Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1988 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minnesota), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989
  • 1993 "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuts on Fox
  • 1995 47th Emmy Awards: NYPD Blue, ER, Frasier and Candice Bergen win

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1998 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith

Film release premierFilm Premier

1999 "Fight Club" film based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2000 52nd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Will & Grace, James Gandolfini & Sela Ward win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is awarded Actor of the Century at the Alexandria Film Festival

Film release premierFilm Premier

2004 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticised for "racist" cartoon of American tennis star Serena Williams

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1872 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, German actress (Salontiroler, Verdoold Sheep), born (d. 1958)
  • 1882 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Al "Fuzzy" St John, American actor (Lash of the West), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Hilde Hildebrand [Emma Minna Hildebrand], German actress (Port of Freedom), born in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1897 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1898 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Children of Damned), born in Midland, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), born in Sorsogon, Philippine Islands (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog who was a Hollywood star (Where the North Begins) (d. 1932)
  • 1920 Egbert van Paridon, Dutch actor and director (Flodder, The Assault), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Pentti Siimes, Finnish actor (Miriam), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Philip Baker Hall, American actor (Secret Honor, Hard Eight, Magnolia), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1932 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in New York City
  • 1934 Charles Kuralt, newscaster (On the Road), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1935 John Palmer, American news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 1939 Greg Mullavey, American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Tom Hartman"; Rituals - "Eddie Gallagher"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1943 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943 Daniel Truhitte, American actor (The Sound of Music - "Rolfe"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945 Tom Ligon, American actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Judy Geeson, English actress (To Sir With Love, Berserk), born in Arundel, England
  • 1948 Tony Gatlif, Algerian-born French film director, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1949 Don Muraco, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Sunset Beach, Hawaii
  • 1949 Bill O'Reilly, American TV host and commentator (The O'Reilly Factor), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Amy Irving, American actress (Yentl, Carrie, Crossing Delancy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1957 Brian Fitzpatrick, American actor (Loving - "Rick Alden"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Kate Burton, American actress (Ice Storm, Grey's Anatomy), born in Geneva, Switzerland

Person of interestColin Firth

1960 Colin Firth, English actor (Bridget Jones' Diary, The King's Speech), born in Grayshott Hampshire

  • 1960 Miranda Wilson, American actress (Sandra-Santa Barbara), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1963 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer (d. 1996)
  • 1965 Allison Daughtry, actress (Guilding Light)
  • 1968 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield, England
  • 1969 Jonathon Schaech, American actor
  • 1972 James Duval, American actor (Donnie Darko), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1974 Ryan Phillippe, American actor (Cruel Intentions, Shooter), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1975 Temple Taggart, Miss USA-Utah (Top 6 in 1997) and Donald Trump accuser, born in Cedar City, Utah
  • 1979 Jacob Young, American actor and singer (All My Children), born in Renton, Washington
  • 1986 Hiroki Uchi, Japanese Idol singer, model and actor, born in Habikino, Japan
  • 1990 Chandler Massey, actor (Days of our Lives), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1961 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1966 Actor John Lithgow (20) weds Jean Taynton

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Actress Loretta Young (80) weds costume designer Jean Louis (85)

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • 2005 Glamour model Katie Price (27) weds 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (32) in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • 2005 Fashion model Jodie Kidd (26) weds entrepreneur Aidan Butler at St. Peter's Church in Twineham, West Sussex, England
  • 2005 "Coronation Street" actress Samia Ghadie (23) weds property developer Matthew Smith at St Philip's Church in Alderley Edge, Cheshire
  • 2005 British television presenter Kate Garraway (38) weds former political lobbyist Derek Draper (38) at St. Mary The Virgin parish church in London, England
  • 2011 Actress Amy Smart (36) weds TV personality and model Carter Oosterhouse (35) in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 2013 TV personality Holly Madison (33) weds Insomniac Events founder Pasquale Rotella in a fairytale wedding at Disneyland
  • 2016 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), dies at 69
  • 1942 Nachman N "Neddy" Bamberg, actor, dies in Auschwitz at 63
  • 1961 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • 1965 Robert "Bobby" Jordan, American actor (Dead End Kids, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild), dies of sclerosis of liver at 42
  • 1971 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), commits suicide at 42
  • 1971 Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Italian actress (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge), dies of barbiturate overdose at 39
  • 1976 Dorothy Devore, actress (Newscast, Senor Daredevil), dies at 77
  • 1976 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), dies at 71
  • 1985 Alexa Kenin, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), dies at 23
  • 1991 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1993 Janice Carroll, actress (End, April Fools), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993 Rita Karin, Polish-Latvia/American actress (Sophie's Choice), dies at 73
  • 1994 Charles Drake [Ruppert], American actor (Harvey, Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), dies of heart attack at 92
  • 1995 Charles Denner, French actor (The Bride Wore Black, The Man Who Loved Women), dies at 69
  • 1997 Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • 1998 Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)

Person of interestJane Wyman

2007 Jane Wyman, American Academy Award-winning actress (Johnny Belinda; Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, dies of natural causes at 90

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman

Person of interestCliff Robertson

2011 Clifford "Cliff" Robertson, American actor (Charly, Spider-Man) and spokesman for AT&T, dies at 88

  • 2012 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), dies at 75
  • 2015 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni, Ulysses, Sciuscià), dies at 83
  • 2017 Harry Landers [Sorokin], American actor (Star Trek, Ben Casey, Drive a Crooked Road), dies at 96
  • 2020 Diana Rigg, English actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Game of Thrones), dies at 82