On This Day in Film & TV for September 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1881 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment
  • 1932 Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter "H" in the Hollywood sign

Film release premierFilm Release

1951 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released

  • 1954 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 "The Addams Family", starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan, premieres on ABC

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1965 TV comedy "Get Smart" created by Mel Brooks and starring Don Adams premieres

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks

Film release premierFilm Premier

1965 "I Dream of Jeannie", starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, premieres on NBC

Actress Barbara Eden
Actress
Barbara Eden
  • 1983 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • 1983 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • 1985 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • 1993 Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994

Film release premierFilm Release

1998 "Rush Hour" directed by Brett Ratner, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker released - Jackie Chan's Hollywood breakthrough

  • 2005 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win
  • 2006 Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
  • 2009 The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

2011 63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
  • 2018 70th Emmy Awards: "Games of Thrones". "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy, Bill Hader win

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1901 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), born in Oakland, California (d. 1977)

Person of interestGreta Garbo

1905 Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Camille), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1990)

Actress Greta Garbo
Actress
Greta Garbo
  • 1914 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (Final Justice, South Pacific, The Barefoot Contessa), born in Bolognia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1917 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Jack Warden [John Lebzelter Jr], American character actor (Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Brian's Song), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1924 Zelda Fichandler, American theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Jack Mullaney, American actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Robert Blake, American actor (Baretta, Little Rascals, Coast to Coast), born in Nutley, New Jersey
  • 1939 Fred Willard, American comedian (Fernwood 2 Night, Real People), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Mariangela Melato, Italian actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, born in Chipiona, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Nicholas Clay, English actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover), born in Streatham, London (d. 2000)
  • 1949 Billy Drago, American actor known for his roles as a villain (Pale Rider, The Untouchables), born in Hugoton, Kansas
  • 1950 Shabana Azmi, Indian actress (Ankur, Neerja), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1955 Jeana Tomasino, playmate (Nov, 1980), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1955 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Mark Romanek, American filmmaker

Person of interestJames Gandolfini

1961 James Gandolfini, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Westwood, New Jersey (d. 2013)

  • 1964 Holly Robinson, actress (21 Jump Street), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Tara Fitzgerald, actress (Siren), born in Sussex, England
  • 1970 Aisha Tyler, American actress and comedian

Person of interestJada Pinkett Smith

1971 Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress (Set it Off, Nutty Professor, Menace II Society), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1972 Michael Landes, actor (American Summer)
  • 1973 James Marsden, American actor
  • 1974 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Jason Sudeikis, American actor and comedian
  • 1978 Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997)
  • 1978 Pilar López de Ayala, Spanish actress
  • 1979 Alison Lohman, American actress
  • 1981 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model
  • 1986 Keeley Hazell, British model
  • 1987 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1955 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)
  • 1985 Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (27) weds Pamela Gregg at New York City's Central Park
  • 2006 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2010 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1969 Actor Rod Taylor (39) divorces model Mary Hilem after 5 years of marriage

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1890 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), dies at 67
  • 1934 Marie Shotwell, actress (Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 54
  • 1949 Frank Morgan, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 59
  • 1968 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • 1968 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • 1973 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
  • 1974 Edna Best, actress (Key, Calendar, Escape), dies at 74
  • 1975 Pamela Brown, British actress (Cleopatra, I Know Where I'm Going!, Beckett), dies from pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 1992 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), dies at 77
  • 1998 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), dies at 95
  • 2004 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82

Person of interestSteve Sabol

2012 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 2013 Richard C Sarafian, American actor and director, dies from complications from pneumonia at 83