On This Day in Film & TV for September 14

Events in Film & TV

  • 1958 WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 KERA TV channel 13 in Dallas, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 WCVE TV channel 23 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 "F-Troop" premieres in the US on ABC
  • 1968 1st broadcast of "60 Minutes" on CBS-TV
  • 1972 "Waltons" TV program premieres
  • 1981 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • 1985 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1985 "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • 1986 CBS premiere of true life "The Last Days of Patton"
  • 1991 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • 1996 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • 1997 49th Emmy Awards: Law & Order, Frasier, Dennis Franz & Gillian Anderson win
  • 2007 53rd National Film Awards (India): "Kaalpurush" wins the Golden Lotus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 David Attenborough and Prince William officially open the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum London, in what is the Museum's most significant expansion since 1881

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1899 Hal Wallis, movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park)
  • 1904 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS)
  • 1910 Jack Hawkins, actor (Ben-Four Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), born in London, England
  • 1914 Kay Medford, American actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Pietro Germi, actor and director (Divorce Italian Style), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1914 Lída Baarová, Czech actress (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Clayton Moore, American actor (The Lone Ranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Douglas Kennedy, NY, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold)
  • 1918 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Bud Palmer, NBAer (NY Knicks)/sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1921 Hughes Rudd, TV newscaster (CBS/ABC)
  • 1922 Michel Auclair, [Vujovic], German actor (Story of a Love Story)
  • 1929 Maurice Vachon, French Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1933 Harve Presnell, Modesto California, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown)
  • 1933 Zoe Caldwell, Australia, actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
  • 1936 Nicol Williamson, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scottish actor (Excalibur, Spawn)
  • 1936 Walter Koenig, actor (Checkov-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Joey Heatherton, dancer/actress (Bluebeard), born in Rockville Center, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947 Sam Neill, New Zealand actor (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano), born in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Actor Sam Neill
Sam Neill
  • 1956 Joe Penny, actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • 1959 Mary Crosby, actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Anthony Addabbo, actor (Jason-Generations)
  • 1960 Melissa Leo, American actress
  • 1960 Callum Keith Rennie, Canadian actor
  • 1964 Faith Ford, Louisiana, actress (Another World, Corky-Murphy Brown)
  • 1968 Dan Cortese, actor/TV host (Jess Hanson-Melrose Place)
  • 1970 Satoshi Kojima, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1970 Ben Garant, American actor
  • 1971 Kimberly Williams, actress (Father of the Bride)
  • 1973 Tony Bui, Vietnamese film director
  • 1973 Mike Ward, Canadian comedian
  • 1978 Carmen Kass, Estonian model
  • 1981 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1982 Hiroki Narimiya, Japanese actor
  • 1984 Adam Lamberg, American actor
  • 1985 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1986 A.J. Trauth, American actor
  • 1988 Kirsten Haglund, American Beauty Queen
  • 1989 Jesse James, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Comedians Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara marry

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller
  • 1956 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1984 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France

  • 1996 Actress Liz Keifer (33) weds Robert Convertino (41) at Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City
  • 2007 "Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd (33) weds actress Alice Evans (36) in a small ceremony at the One and Only Palmilla Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • 2013 Singer-songwriter John Legend (34) weds model Chrissy Teigen (27) at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1962 Actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces actor Tony Curtis (37) after after 10 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1984 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Wayne Morris, actor (Kid Galahad), dies of heart attack at 45
  • 1966 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • 1966 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • 1969 James Anderson, actor (Connection, Five), dies at 48
  • 1974 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), dies at 66
  • 1974 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies from heart failure at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1982 Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, dies in a car crash at 52

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1984 Janet Gaynor, actress (Sunrise), dies at 77 from a traffic accident

Actress Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor
  • 1988 Louis Quinn, actor (Unholy Rollers), dies at 73 of cancer
  • 1991 Julie Bovasso, actress (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 61 of cancer
  • 1992 David Jones, actor, commits suicide (had terminal cancer) at 76
  • 1995 Eiji Okada, actor (Traffic Jam, Yakuza, Ugly American), dies at 75
  • 1996 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • 1999 Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Beah Richards, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • 2005 Robert Wise, American filmmaker (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian actor and bodybuilder (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • 2009 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2009 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)