On This Day in Film & TV for September 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1875 1st newspaper cartoon strip
  • 1910 1st commercially successful electric bus line opens (Hollywood)
  • 1928 1st TV drama-WGY's Queens Messenger
  • 1950 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
  • 1953 KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WEHT TV channel 25 in Evansville, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KXJB TV channel 4 in Valley City (Fargo) (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • 1955 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 KVCR TV channel 24 in San Bernardino, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 Gillette's 20 year contract with Madison Square Garden & ABC to televise fights for free ends as Dick Tiger defeats Don Fullmer at Cleve Auditorium
  • 1967 WSRE TV channel 23 in Pensacola, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WUNE TV channel 17 in Linville, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WUNF TV channel 33 in Asheville, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WUNG TV channel 58 in Concord, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • 1976 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1977 29th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Carroll O'Conner & Bea Arthur win

  • 1982 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983
  • 1994 46th Emmy Awards: Fraiser, Picket Fences & Kelsey Grammer win

Film release premierFilm Release

2005 "Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

Actress Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley
Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • 2015 Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory) are named highest earning TV actresses (28.5million) by Forbes

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1881 Asta Nielsen, Danish actress (Joyless Street), born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Anne Seymour, American actress (Gemini Affair, Empire, Tim Conway Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), born in New York City

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1916 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1917 Henderson Forsythe, Macon MO, actor (Crisis at Central High)
  • 1921 Edwin Richfield, British Actor (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Alan Badel, actor (Shogun), born in Manchester, England
  • 1923 Betsy Drake, fitness expert/actress (Every Girl Should be Married)
  • 1926 Lee Richardson, actor (Sweet Lorraine, Fly 2, Tiger Warsaw), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Earl Holliman, Delhi La, actor (Police Woman, Tribes, Cry Panic)
  • 1930 Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1934 Ian Abercrombie, English actor (Birds of Prey, Desperate Housewives), born in Grays
  • 1936 Charles Dierkop, LaCrosse Wisc, actor (Det Pete Royster-Police Woman)
  • 1940 Brian DePalma, film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), born in Newark, New Jersey

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1942 Tom Dreesen, American comedian (Tim Ried's partner), born in Harvey, Illinois

Comedian Tom Dreesen
Tom Dreesen
  • 1942 Lola Falana [Loletha Elayne], American singer and actress (Golden Boy, A Man Called Adam), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1950 Amy Madigan, actress (Uncle Buck, Twice in a Lifetime), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Reed Birney, Alexandria Va, actor (Greatest Man in the World)
  • 1956 Tony Gilroy, American screenwriter and director
  • 1958 Scott Patterson, American actor
  • 1958 Roxann Dawson, American actress
  • 1958 Phoef Sutton, American television writer and producer
  • 1961 Virginia Madsen, actress (Dune, Hot Spot, Class), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Kristy McNichol, actress (Buddy-Family, Barbara-Empty Nest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Colin Wells, English actor
  • 1964 Roxanne Biggs-Dawson, actress (B'Elanna Torres-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1965 Paul Heyman, American wrestling manager
  • 1969 Laura Sisk, Maryland, actress (Allison Rescott-Loving)
  • 1970 Taraji P. Henson, American actress and singer
  • 1971 Johnny Vegas, English comedian (Ideal, The Libetine), born in St. Helens, Merseyside, England
  • 1977 Ludacris [Christopher Bridges], American rapper and actor (Back for the First Time, Fast and Furious), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1979 Ariana Richards, Healdsburg CA, actress (Spaced Invaders, Prancer)
  • 1979 Steve Hofstetter, comedian & radio personality
  • 1982 Shriya Saran, South Indian actress
  • 1987 Tyler Hoechlin, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1999 Actress Jenny McCarthy (26) weds actor-director John Mallory Asher (28) in the Crystal Gardens at the Beverly Hills Hotel
  • 2016 The Munsters actor Butch Patrick (63) weds Leila Murray at the Macon Roadhouse in Macon, Missouri

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1822 Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor, comedist, translator, editor of humour magazines, dies at 54
  • 1926 Matsunosuke Onoe [Tsuruzo Nakamura], Japanese actor, dies at 50
  • 1959 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater), dies at 52
  • 1966 Charlie Cantor, actor (Artie-Ray Bolger Show), dies at 68
  • 1970 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), dies at 69
  • 1971 Percy Helton, American actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men), dies at 77
  • 1977 Don Blackman, actor (Old Man & Sea, Desert Legion), dies at 65
  • 1977 Leonard Carey, American actor (Rebecca, Laughter), dies at 90
  • 1981 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • 1987 Lorne Greene, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 72
  • 1988 John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1990 Ben Frank, actor (Don't Answer the Phone), dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1992 Frank Singuineau, actor (Firepower, Pressure, Mummy), dies

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1994 Jessica Tandy, actress (Driving Miss Daisy), dies of cancer at 85

Actress Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
  • 1994 William Obanheim, actor (Officer Obie-Alice's Restaurant), dies at 69
  • 1996 Guido Aristarco, film critic, dies at 77
  • 1996 JoAnne Dru, actress (Sylvia, Drango), dies of lymphedema at 73
  • 1998 Dane Clark, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2001 David Angell, American sitcom creator (b. 1946)
  • 2002 Kim Hunter, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2003 John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2006 Pat Corley, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (Spartacus), dies of cancer at 39