On This Day in Film & TV for September 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1952 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WXXW (now WYCC) TV channel 20 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WCAE TV channel 50 in St John, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1984 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1985 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1987 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

  • 1992 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Model Kate Moss is dropped by clothing chain H&M after allegations of drug taking

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

2009 61st Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2011 "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1873 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), born in Redhill, England (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Patricia Collinge, Irish-born American actress (Tender Comrade), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette), born in Luzzara, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Kenneth More, British actor (39 Steps, Doctor in the House), born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Frances Heflin, American actress (All My Children, The Skin of Our Teeth), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Melvin "Slappy" White, American comedian and actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1928 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand (d. 2006)

Person of interestSophia Loren

1934 Sophia Loren, Italian actress (La Ciociara, Desire Under the Elms, Black Orchid), born in Rome, Italy

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1936 Dany Carrel, Touraine Indo-china, actress (Passionate Summer)
  • 1937 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Pia Lindstrom, critic (WNBC-TV)/journalist (From Russia With Love)
  • 1941 Sylvester [J. Pussycat Sr.,], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Notes to You"
  • 1942 Robbe De Hert, Flemish director and producer (Fugitive Cinema, Bomb)
  • 1944 Jeremy Child, actor (Privilege, Taffin)
  • 1949 Anthony Denison, American actor
  • 1951 JoAnna Cameron, Colo, actress (I Love My Wife, Isis)
  • 1956 Debi Morgan, actress (All My Children, Cry Uncle), born in Dunn, North Carolina
  • 1956 Gary Cole, Park Ridge, Illinois, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller)
  • 1957 Arn Anderson, [Marty Lunde], wrestler (ECW/SMW/WCW/NWA/WWF)
  • 1961 Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality
  • 1964 Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress (1st Asian actress to win at Cannes for "Clean"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Robert Rusler, actor (Game of Love, Vamp, Thrashin')
  • 1967 Kristen Johnston, actress (Sally Solomon-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1968 Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress
  • 1969 Victoria Dillard, American actress
  • 1969 Megumi Kudo, Japanese pro-wrestler
  • 1975 Asia Argento, Italian actress (Marie Antoinette), Weinstein accuser, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1976 Enuka Okuma, Canadian actress
  • 1976 Jon Bernthal, American actor (The Walking Dead, The Punisher), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1980 Mariacarla Boscono, Italian fashion model
  • 1980 Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
  • 1983 Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1991 Spencer Locke, American actress
  • 1993 Taylor Parks, American actress
  • 1995 Sammi Hanratty, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1997 "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada (48) weds Nanette Mirkovich

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 "The Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City

  • 2003 "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally (44) weds actor Nick Offerman (32) in Los Angeles

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1983 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1721 Thomas Doggett, British comedy actor (Drury Lane Theatre), dies at approximately 51
  • 1927 George Nichols, American director and actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62 or 63
  • 1946 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1949 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1956 Theo Frenkel, Dutch actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies at 85
  • 1959 Olin Howlin, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), dies at 73
  • 1971 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 1973 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1974 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, American actor (The Pilgrim Lady, The Triumph of the Rat), dies at 71
  • 1976 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1980 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1988 Roy Kinnear, actor (Casanova, Pirates, Scrooge, Help!), dies at 54
  • 1990 Jackie Moran, actor (Janie, Barefoot Boy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1993 Leonard Parkin, British TV host (ITN), dies at 64
  • 1999 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), dies from heart failure at 90
  • 2003 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • 2009 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91
  • 2014 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2015 Jack Larson, American playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), dies at 87
  • 2016 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71