On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 23

Events in Film & TV

  • 1912 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released "Cohen Collects a Debt"

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor
  • 1953 KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 1st movie to become a TV series, "How to Marry a Millionaire" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

Animator William Hanna
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Joseph Barbera
  • 1963 WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1969 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy
Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
  • 1974 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 US televised presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1977 Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on TV show "Charlie's Angels"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1984 36th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Cheers, John Ritter & Tyne Daly win
  • 1990 PBS begins an 11 hour miniseries on Civil War

Film release premierFilm Release

1994 "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is released

  • 2003 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2012 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

Actress Claire Danes
Claire Danes

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1897 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft)
  • 1925 Eleonora Rossi Drago [Palmira Omiccioli], Italian actress (Le amiche), born in Quinto al Mare, Genoa (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster
  • 1930 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), born in Bangor, County Down (d. 1987)
  • 1938 Romy Schneider, actress (Bloodline, Death Watch), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestTom Lester

1938 Tom Lester, American actor (Green Acres - Eb), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2020)

Actor Tom Lester
Tom Lester
  • 1939 Janusz Gajos, Polish actor
  • 1945 Paul Petersen, actor (Jeff Stone-Donna Reed Show), born in Glendale, California
  • 1947 Mary Kay Place, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Loretta"), and country singer ("Baby Boy"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1954 Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1955 Patti Weaver, WV, actress (Days of our Life, Gina-Young & Restless)
  • 1956 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), born in Varese, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1956 Maren Jensen, Arcadia California, actress (Athena-Battlestar Galactica)
  • 1957 Rosalind Chao, American actress
  • 1959 Jason Alexander [Greenspan], American actor (George Costanza-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1961 Elizabeth Peña, American actress (La Bamb; Jacob's Ladder), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, (d. 2014)
  • 1961 Kenneth "Chi" McBride, American actor, born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1965 Mark Woodforde, Australian tennis player (12 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 5 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (Fox Sports, ESPN), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1967 LisaRaye, American actress
  • 1968 Yvette Fielding, English television presenter (Blue Peter), born in Manchester, England
  • 1971 Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1974 Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • 1975 Jaime Bergman, American model and actress
  • 1976 Faune A. Chambers, American actress
  • 1976 Kip Pardue, American actor and model
  • 1977 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), born in Beirut, Lebanon (d. 2008)
  • 1978 John "Worm" Miller, American filmmaker, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1978 Keri Lynn Pratt, American film and television actress (Jack & Bobby), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1978 Anthony Mackie. American stage and screen actor (Brother To Brother; The Hurt Locker - "Sgt. Sanborn"; Captain America -"Falcon"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980 Cameron Litvack, American television producer
  • 1981 Misti Traya, American actress
  • 1984 Anneliese van der Pol, American actress

Person of interestHasan Minhaj

1985 Hasan Minhaj, American stand-up comedian (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj), born in Davis, California

Comedian Hasan Minhaj
Hasan Minhaj

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) weds "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) in Malibu

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • 1996 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
  • 2012 Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (40) weds singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie at a private Anini Beach estate on the island of Kauai

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1915 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (33) divorces first wife Blanche Lasky after 5 years of marriage

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 2011 Actress Lisa Linde (39) divorces "Xmen" actor James Marsden (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1956 Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75
  • 1960 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1961 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life; Bedlam; The Egg and I), dies at 71
  • 1970 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • 1971 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • 1972 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • 1974 Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • 1975 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), dies at 75
  • 1978 Jay Adler, American actor (Macon County Line; Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • 1979 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • 1981 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1985 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1991 Ernestine McClendon, director/actress (Homer & Eddie), dies
  • 1992 Martin Arsenault, actor (Guilty by Suspicion), dies of an ulcer
  • 1993 William Cort, actor/producer (Ghost, Dear Heart), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), dies at 94
  • 1997 Shirley Clarke, American film director, dies at 78
  • 1998 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 1999 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies at 89
  • 2002 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • 2005 Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • 2020 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]

Person of interestGale Sayers

2020 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers