On This Day in Film & TV for September 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1929 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network

Film release premierFilm Release

1949 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1954 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963 CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes
  • 1967 KUHI (now KSNF) TV channel 16 in Joplin, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1974 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1981 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • 1985 Jerry Lewis' 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000
  • 1987 Philips introduces CD-video
  • 1991 Jerry Lewis' 26th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,071,657
  • 1996 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000
  • 2008 54th National Film Awards (India): "Pulijanmam" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 2009 66th Venice Film Festival: "Lebanon" directed by Samuel Maoz wins Golden Lion
  • 2012 A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1906 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Eileen Way, actress (Les Miserables, Rainbow, Vikings, Assassin)
  • 1915 Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Penny Santon, actress (Roll Out, Matt Houston), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1925 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England
  • 1927 Francis Matthews, British actor (On the Bowery, Paul Temple)
  • 1927 Leonard Katzman, TV producer
  • 1929 Hal Ashby, American film director (d. 1988)
  • 1933 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Derek Fowlds, British actor
  • 1938 Glyn Worsnip, broadcaster
  • 1940 Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1948 Terry Bradshaw, NFL QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • 1950 Rosanna DeSoto, American actress
  • 1950 Yuen Wah, Chinese actor and stuntman
  • 1951 Mark Harmon, American actor (St Elsewhere, NCIS), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Michael Gray, actor (Ronnie-Brian Keith Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Linda Purl, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1958 Marlene Janssen, Rock Island Ill, playmate (Nov, 1982)
  • 1962 Prachya Pinkaew, Thai film director
  • 1962 Eugenio Derbez, Mexican comedian and actor
  • 1964 Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Matrix), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1965 Partho Sen-Gupta, Indian filmmaker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1966 Salma Hayek, Mexican American actress (Desperado, Frida), born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
  • 1966 Tuc Watkins, American actor
  • 1968 Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • 1969 Mark Brettschneider, actor (Jason-One Life to Live), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1971 Shauna Sand, actress (Renegade), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Pawan Kalyan, Indian actor
  • 1974 Daniel Southworth, American actor and stunt performer
  • 1976 Erin Hershey, American actress.
  • 1979 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1981 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director and producer
  • 1981 Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • 1982 Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Actor Sam Neill (41) weds actress Noriko Watanabe (24)

Actor Sam Neill
Sam Neill

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Actor Charlie Sheen (30) weds model Donna Peele (25) in Malibu, California

  • 2000 "The Backstreet Boys" lead vocalist Brian Littrell (25) weds actress Leighanne Wallace (31) at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2005 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (43) weds director and writer Noah Baumbach (36) in Los Angeles
  • 2006 Former "EastEnders" actress Hannah Waterman (31) weds actor Ricky Groves (38) at a country church in Inwardleigh, England
  • 2006 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri
  • 2006 "7th Heaven" actor Jeremy London (33) weds actress Melissa Cunningham at Hidden Chateau and Garden in West Hills, California
  • 2006 "Rodney" actress Jennifer Aspen (32) weds actor David O'Donnell in Los Angeles

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1960 Actress Tammy Grimes (26) divorces actor Christopher Plummer (30) after 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1906 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1937 Esther de Farmer-of Rich, actress (Kniertje-On hope of blessing), dies
  • 1962 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • 1964 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Earth vs Flying Saucers), dies at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1973 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • 1977 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), dies at 59
  • 1979 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • 1982 Jay Novello, actor (Harum Scarum, Rebel Breed), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1982 Tom Baker, US actor, dies of a drug overdose in New York at 42
  • 1984 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (b. 1908)
  • 1985 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • 1993 Eric Berry, English/US actor (Pippin, 49th Parallel), dies at 80
  • 1994 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 2001 Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2005 Bob Denver, American actor (Gilligan's Island), dies of complications from treatment for cancer at 70

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver
  • 2013 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), dies at 87
  • 2017 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), dies at 90