On This Day in Film & TV for September 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • 1954 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
  • 1962 KWSU TV channel 10 in Pullman, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1968 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • 1977 1st broadcast of "Love Boat" on ABC-TV
  • 1989 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • 1991 "Good & Evil" & "Sibs" premieres on ABC TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1995 TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth debuts on BBC One

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Actor Colin Firth
Colin Firth
  • 2007 "The Big Bang Theory" created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco premieres on CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

2010 "The Social Network" directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake premieres at the New York Film Festival

Actor Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1963)
  • 1886 James Burke, American actor (Mystery Theater, Great Guy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Sam de Vries, Flemish actor (Wandering Jew), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1893 Julia Faye, American actress (The 10 Commandments, Samson & Delilah), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Jean Servais, Angers Belgium, actor (Every Man is My Enemy)
  • 1912 Donald "Don" Porter, American actor (Gidget, The Ann Sothern Show), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Herb Jeffries, actor (Where's Huddles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1915 Larry Gates, actor (Guiding Light, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1918 Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1919 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1921 Jim McKay, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Cornell MacNeil, American singer/actor (La Traviata)
  • 1922 Theresa Merritt, actress (Mama-That's My Mama), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1924 Sheila MacRae, actress (Jackie Gleason Show), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Theresa Merritt, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Angelo Muscat, Maltese actor (d. 1977)
  • 1931 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Dominique Michel, French Canadian comedian
  • 1934 Robert Lang, actor (Night Watch)/director
  • 1935 Barbara Brilliant, TV host/producer
  • 1935 Sean McCann, Canadian actor

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1936 Jim Henson, muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Jim Henson
  • 1943 Lee Aaker, actor (Rusty-Rin Tin Tin), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Diana K├Ârner, German actress
  • 1945 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Jacqueline Courtney, NJ, actress (Another World, One Life to Live)
  • 1947 Erik Hivju, Norwegian actor
  • 1948 Gordon Clapp, actor (Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue), born in North Conway, New Hampshire

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1948 Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor (SNL, Peewee's Playhouse), born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1998)

  • 1950 Kristina Wayborn, Swedish actress
  • 1958 Kevin Sorbo, actor (Hercules Legendary Journeys, Kull The Conquerer)
  • 1959 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor and puppeteer (Kermit the Frog 1990-2016), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • 1961 John Logan, American screenwriter
  • 1962 Jack Dee, British comedian
  • 1962 Nia Vardalos, Canadian actress
  • 1964 Gene Watkins, American actor (James Walsh-As the World Turns), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1966 Paul Michael Valley, actor (Ryan Harrison-Another World)
  • 1969 Lisa Matthews, Peoria Ill, playmate (Apr, 1990)
  • 1969 Megan Ward, actress (Kimberly Sayers-Dark Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Goya Toledo, Spanish actress and model
  • 1971 Shane Conrad, actress (Cody-High Mountain Rangers)
  • 1976 Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Ross Mathews, American television personality and comedian
  • 1979 Justin Bruening, American actor
  • 1986 Leah Dizon, model, singer and Japanese television
  • 1987 Spencer Treat Clark, American actor
  • 1988 Kyle Sullivan, American actor
  • 1993 Ben Platt, American actor (Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles County, California

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1953 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas
  • 1964 Actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds film producer and director Matt Cimber in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty (Brenda) weds Ashley Hamilton

  • 2004 Former "Baywatch" actor Michael Bergin (35) weds makeup artist Joy Tilk (34) at Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

2005 Actor Ashton Kutcher (27) weds actress Demi Moore (42) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 2005 "30 Minute Meals" TV host Rachael Ray (37) weds "The Cringe" lead singer John Cusimano in Montalcino, Italy
  • 2005 "King of Queens" actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (36) weds writer Michelle McNamara in Los Angeles
  • 2011 Model and actress Molly Sims (38) weds film producer Scott Stuber at Frank Caferatta Vineyards in Napa, California
  • 2015 International supermodel Bar Refaeli (30) weds businessman Adi Ezra at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel
  • 2016 No Country for Old Men actor Josh Brolin (48) weds model Kathryn Boyd in North Carolina

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1939 Carl Laenmie, film producer, dies
  • 1948 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), dies of multiple myeloma at 53
  • 1967 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), dies at 71
  • 1975 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), dies at 71
  • 1976 Bruno VeSota, actor and director (Chopper, Teenage Doll), dies at 54
  • 1976 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), dies at 74
  • 1981 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • 1982 Sarah Churchill, actress (Royal Wedding, Spring Meeting), dies at 67
  • 1984 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose, When Strangers Marry, Batman), dies of asthma at 85
  • 1990 Jay Currin, stuntman/actor (Back to the Beach, Serial), dies at 34
  • 1991 Mary Lawrence, actress (Best Man), dies of respiratory failure at 73
  • 1993 Zita Johann, Hungarian/US actress (Mummy), dies at 89
  • 1996 Mark Frankel, actor (Solitaire for 2, Simon-Sisters), dies at 34
  • 2003 Lyle Bettger, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Tommy Bond, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2016 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), dies at 63