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
Novelist
Jane Austen
Actor Colin Firth
Actor
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
Actor
Andrew Garfield
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
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)
  • 1902 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Donald "Don" Porter, American actor (Gidget, The Ann Sothern Show), born in Miami, Oklahoma (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1915 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company, The Relic, Ropers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show, The Cotton Club), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Angelo Muscat, Maltese-born British actor (The Prisoner, Doctor Who), born in the Republic of Malta (d. 1977)
  • 1931 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Dominique Michel, French-Canadian comedian, born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
  • 1934 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), born in Bristol, England (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Barbara Brilliant, Canadian TV host and journalist, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1935 Sean McCann, Canadian actor (...First Do No Harm), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestJim Henson

1936 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • 1942 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist and TV personality (Gerry & Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 Lee Aaker, actor (Rusty-Rin Tin Tin), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Diana Körner, 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

Person of interestPhil Hartman

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

  • 1950 Kristina Wayborn, Swedish actress
  • 1958 Kevin Sorbo, American actor (Hercules Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), born in Mound, Minnesota
  • 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 ( I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), born in Bromley, England
  • 1962 Nia Vardalos, Canadian American actress (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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
  • 1981 BenDeLaCreme [Benjamin Putnam], American drag queen, burlesque performer and actor (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 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
  • 1953 Berthold Viertel, Austrian screenwriter, dies at 68
  • 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, American character actor and director (They Stand Accused, Chopper, Teenage Doll, Wild Rovers), dies of a heart attack 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, British actress (Matinee Theatre , All Over Town, Royal Wedding), 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
  • 1996 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2003 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • 2005 Thomas "Tommy" Bond, Amercan actor (Butch-Our Gang, Superman), dies at 79
  • 2008 Irene Dailey, American actress (Another World, Grissom Gang), dies of colon cancer at 88
  • 2016 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), dies at 63