On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
  • 1949 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (CBS) begins
  • 1962 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KPOB TV channel 15 in Poplar Bluff, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1968 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1968 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1971 1st broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • 1972 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1977 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US
  • 1984 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • 1986 1st broadcast of legal drama "L.A. Law" created by Steven Bochco, with ensemble cast including Corbin Bersen, Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin on NBC

Film release premierFilm Premier

1995 "Se7en" directed by David Fincher and starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey premieres in New York

Actor Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Actor Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 "Jojo Rabbit" directed by "Taika Waititi and starring Scarlett Johansson wins the top award at the Toronto Film Festival

  • 2019 Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1889 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Jack Bailey, Hampton Iowa, TV host (Queen for a Day)
  • 1908 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Phil Arnold, American actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees), born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), born in Suez, Egypt (d. 1972)
  • 1915 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), born in Palmer, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Margaret Lockwood, British actress (Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes), born in Karachi, India (d. 1990)
  • 1918 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1925 Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, American comedian and "Master of the Malaprop" (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Henry Darrow, American actor (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Jacques d'Ancona, journalist/TV host (Sound-Mix Show)
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Yuri Norstein, Russian animator
  • 1945 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress
  • 1945 Ron Shelton, American film director
  • 1946 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • 1954 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1956 Tawny Little (née Godin), American beauy queen (Miss American, 1976), news anchor, and actress, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1957 Paweł Pawlikowski, Polish filmmaker (Cold War), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1958 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2005)
  • 1960 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Kevin Allen, Welsh actor
  • 1962 Dina Lohan, American actress and reality television star, mother of Lindsay Lohan
  • 1968 Danny Nucci, actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest)
  • 1969 Jeffrey Schwarz, American film director and producer
  • 1971 Josh Charles, actor (Crossing the Bridge, Cooperstown)
  • 1972 Jimmy Carr, English comedian
  • 1973 Julie Cox, English actress
  • 1977 Sophie Dahl, English model and author
  • 1977 Marisa Ramirez, American actress
  • 1977 Tom Hardy, British actor (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road), born in London, England
  • 1979 Dave Annable, American actor
  • 1979 Amy Davidson, American actress
  • 1986 Heidi Montag, American reality television star (The Hills), born in Crested Butte, Colorado
  • 1988 Chelsea Staub, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1951 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Actress Janet Leigh (35) weds stockbroker Robert Brandt

Actress Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1930 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), dies from a heart attack at 48
  • 1937 Clifford Heatherley, actress (For Love or Money, Cash), dies at 48
  • 1963 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), dies at 69
  • 1967 Eva McKenzie, sister of Ida Mae/actress (Virtuous Husband), dies at 78
  • 1979 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • 1979 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • 1981 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • 1981 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 1986 Virginia Gregg, American actress (Little Women), dies at 69
  • 1991 Andre Baruch, Radio/TV announcer dies at 83
  • 1991 John Hoyt, American actor (Gimme a Break, Tom Dick & Mary), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • 1994 Mark Stevens, American actor (Big Town, Martin Kane, Private Eye), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1996 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • 2000 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (NY Times), dies at 76
  • 2001 Fred de Cordova, American film and TV producer (Tonight Show), dies at 90
  • 2005 Sidney Luft, American movie director, dies at 89
  • 2006 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (b. 1987)
  • 2007 Brett Somers [Audrey Johnston], Canadian-American actress (The Odd Couple - "Blanche Madison"), and TV personality (Match Game), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2007 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (Red Norvo; Teddy Wilson; CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), dies of kidney disease at 85
  • 2011 Frances Bay, Canadian actress (b. 1919)
  • 2017 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), dies at 91