On This Day in Film & TV for September 12

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1965 17th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" & Dick Van Dyke win

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • 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

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

1981 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
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  • 1986 Limited U.S. premiere of film adaptation of Marsha Norman's play "'Night, Mother"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 (Araki Mataemon, Yajîkita: zenpen), 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 (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 Sir Ian Holm, eminent English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), born in Goodmayes, 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, American actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1940 Patrick Mower, English actor (Emmerdale), born in Oxford, England
  • 1945 Maria Aitken, Irish-English actress (Fish Called Wanda), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950 Cynthia Myers, American Playmate (Dec 1968) and actress (Beyond Valley of Dolls), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1951 Joe Pantoliano, American actor (Finelli Boys, Fugitive), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1955 Peter Scolari, American actor (Newhart, Bosom Buddies), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1955 Nina Blackwood, American actress and VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Rachel Ward, English-Australian actress (Thorn Birds), born in Cornwell, Oxfordshire, England
  • 1957 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • 1958 Gregg Edelman, American actor (Green Card), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Amy Yasbeck, American actress (Casey Davenport-Wings, Mask), born in Blue Ash, Ohio
  • 1965 Einstein Kristiansen, Norwegian cartoonist, designer and TV host, born in Greåker, Sarpsborg, Norway
  • 1966 Darren E. Burrows, American actor (Ed Chigliak-Northern Exposure), born in Winfield, Kansas
  • 1967 Louis C.K. [Louis Székely] American-Mexican comedian (Louie), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1968 Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian, born in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Cady Cantrell, American actress and playmate (Apr, 1992), born in Lanett, Alabama

Person of interestPaul Walker

1973 Paul Walker, American actor (The Fast and the Furious), born in Glendale, California (d. 2013)

  • 1975 Tom Carroll, actor (J T Adams-Swan's Crossing)
  • 1977 Grant Denyer, Australian television personality and TV Host, born in Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • 1978 Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and actress, born in Sassari, Italy
  • 1978 Ben McKenzie, American actor (Gotham), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1978 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

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, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1986 Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1986 Yang Mi, Chinese actress (Eternal Love), born in Xuanwu District, Beijing, China
  • 1988 Aaron Sidwell, English actor and singer, born in Maidstone, Kent, England

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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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
  • 1972 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • 1978 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (Gus Broeberg-My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson-Peyton Place), dies of cancer 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

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

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, Canadian-American actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • 1994 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), dies at 85
  • 1995 Jeremy Brett, [Peter Huggins], English actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 61
  • 1997 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2001 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2007 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (Farley, The Elderberries comics), dies at 64
  • 2010 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)