On This Day in Film & TV for September 12

Events in Film & TV

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1928 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • 1934 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released
  • 1954 WLBZ TV channel 2 in Bangor, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1963 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WCEE TV channel 23 in Rockford, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 17th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show & Dick Van Dyke win
  • 1966 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1966 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1978 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
  • 1981 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

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1981 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

Animator William Hanna
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Joseph Barbera
  • 1986 Limited U.S. premiere of film adaptation of Marsha Norman's play "'Night, Mother"

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1986 "Blue Velvet" directed by David Lynch, Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan and Dennis Hopper debuts in Toronto

  • 1999 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

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2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 Matsunosuke Onoe [Tsuruzo Nakamura], Japanese actor, born in Naka-ku, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 1926)
  • 1888 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (Thank heaven for little girls), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1971)
  • 1895 Alice Lake, American silent screen actress (Glamour, Wicked), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1907 Joe Lederer, Austrian actress and writer (Drei Tage Liebe), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1987)
  • 1914 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Irene Dailey, American actress (Liz-Another World, Grissom Gang), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1922 Ellen Demming, American actress (Guiding Light), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), born in Marseille, France (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Dickie Moore, actor (Expert, Oliver Twist, Little Men), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Gianna Maria Canale, Italian actress (Go For Broke), born in Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien), born in Ilford Essex
  • 1933 Tatiana Doronina, Russian actress, born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1937 Daniela Rocca, Italian actress (Battle of Austerlitz, Empty Canvas), born in Acireale, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Linda Gray, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1940 Susan Sennett, actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1940 Patrick Mower, English actor
  • 1945 Maria Aitken, actress (Fish Called Wanda)
  • 1950 Cynthia Meyers, playmate (Dec 1968)/actress (Beyond Valley of Dolls)
  • 1951 Joe Pantoliano, actor (Finelli Boys, Fugitive), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1954 Adrian Adonis, American professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1955 Peter Scolari, New Rochelle New York, American actor (Newhart, Bosom Buddies)
  • 1955 Nina Blackwood, Mass, actress/VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad)
  • 1957 Hawk, [Michael Hegstrand], wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom)
  • 1957 Rachel Ward, Cornwell Manor England, actress (Thorn Birds)
  • 1958 Gregg Edelman, actor (Green Card), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Amy Yasbeck, Blue Ash, Ohio, American actress (Casey Davenport-Wings, Mask)
  • 1965 Einstein Kristiansen, Norwegian cartoonist, designer and TV host
  • 1966 Darren E Burrows, Kansas, actor (Ed Chigliak-Northern Exposure)
  • 1967 Louis C.K. [Louis Székely] Comedian (Louie), born in Washington D. C.
  • 1968 Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian
  • 1972 Amy Locane, NJ, actress (Sandy Harling-Melrose Place)
  • 1972 Cady Cantrell, Lanett AL, playmate (Apr, 1992)

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1973 Paul Walker, American actor (The Fast and the Furious), born in Glendale, California

  • 1975 Tom Carroll, actor (J T Adams-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1977 Grant Denyer, Australian television personality and TV Host
  • 1978 Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and actress
  • 1978 Benjamin McKenzie, American actor

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1981 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • 1982 Nana Ozaki, Japanese model
  • 1986 Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer
  • 1986 Yang Mi, Chinese actress
  • 1988 Aaron Sidwell, English actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1923 Actor Spencer Tracy (23) weds Louise Treadwell (26) in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1936 "first Irish movie star" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (25) weds film director John Farrow (32)
  • 2009 Financial analyst and only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor (30) weds actress Sophie Winkleman (29) at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England

Divorces in Film & TV

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1967 Actress Rosemary Clooney divorces actor José Ferrer for the second time after she found out his affair with Stella Magee

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • 1978 Frank Ferguson, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), dies at 69
  • 1978 Frank Fergusson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), dies at 78
  • 1980 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • 1982 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), dies at 89
  • 1986 Frank Nelson, actor (Ralph-I Love Lucy, Jack Benny Show), dies at 75
  • 1987 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • 1990 Athene Seyler, actress (Make Mine Mink), dies at 101
  • 1991 Regis Toomey, American actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), dies at 93

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1992 Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho), dies from AIDs at 60

  • 1992 Ed Peck, actor (Zoot Suit, Bullitt), dies of heart attack at 75
  • 1992 Ruth Nelson, actress (Awakenings, 3 Women), dies at 87
  • 1993 Charles Lamont, actor and director (Abbott & Costello movies), dies at 95
  • 1993 Harold Innocent, actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), dies at 60
  • 1993 Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • 1994 Tom Ewell, [S Yewell Tompkins], US actor (7 Year Itch), dies at 85
  • 1995 Jeremy Brett, [Peter Huggins], English actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 61
  • 2001 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2010 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)