On This Day in Film & TV for September 26

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, CA (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premieres on CBS

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1964 "Gilligan's Island", starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver
  • 1968 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • 1968 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • 1971 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1979 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1982 "Knight Rider", starring David Hasselhoff, debuts on NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1989 MPAA creates NC-17 rating for movies with adult themes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Roseanne Barr Arnold gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Film release premierFilm Premier

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1877 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • 1887 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1967)
  • 1894 Gladys Brockwell, American actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1929)
  • 1895 Fay Holden, British actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1973)
  • 1897 Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1961)
  • 1901 George Raft, American actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Ralph Michael, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House), born in London, England
  • 1919 Barbara Britton, actress (Young & Willing), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1923 Dev Anand, Indian actor and film producer
  • 1926 Julie London, actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1927 Patrick O'Neal, Ocala Fla, actor (Kaz, Alvarez Kelly, King Rat)
  • 1928 Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor
  • 1930 Philip Bosco, Jersey City, actor (Trading Places)
  • 1932 Richard Herd, American actor
  • 1933 Clari Baruch, [Clara C de Lieme], actress (Man With White Flower)
  • 1933 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), born in Pride, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Joop Admiral, Dutch actor and director (You Are My Mother)
  • 1939 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor
  • 1941 Martine Beswicke, Jamacia, actress (Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde)
  • 1942 Kent McCord, actor (Officer Jim Reed- "Adam 12"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Angela Dorian, (Victoria Vetri), SF, playmate (Sep 1967, Year-1968)
  • 1944 Anne Robinson, English television host
  • 1946 Mary Beth Hurt, [Mary Supinger], Iowa, actress (Garp, Interiors)
  • 1947 Graham Faulkner, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948 Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress (Lets Get Physical), born in Cambridge, England

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1949 Leonide F M "Leonie" Triesschijn, Dutch actress/mime
  • 1952 James Keane, actor (Willis Bell-Paper Chase), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Predrag Miletić, Serbian actor
  • 1956 Linda Hamilton, Salisbury Md, actress (Catherine-Beauty & the Beast)
  • 1962 Melissa Sue Anderson, Cal, actress (Little House on the Prairie)
  • 1963 Lysette Anthony, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch), born in London, England
  • 1964 Ty Miller, Granada Hills California, actor (The Kid-Young Riders)
  • 1965 Alexandra Lencastre, Portuguese actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965 Jill Soloway, American writer and director (Afternoon Delight), born in Chicago, Illinois

Television Writer and Director Jill Soloway
Television Writer and Director
Jill Soloway
  • 1967 Martha Nix, Orange County California, actress (Serena-Waltons)
  • 1968 James Caviezel, American actor
  • 1969 Anthony Kavanagh, French-Canadian comedian, actor and singer
  • 1970 Rachel Jacobs, actress (It's Not Easy), born in Ririe, Idaho
  • 1970 Sheri Moon Zombie, American actress
  • 1975 Jake Paltrow, American film director, brother of Gwyneth Paltrow
  • 1976 Tyler Denk, American model and reality show contestant
  • 1981 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • 1981 Christina Milian, American actress and singer
  • 1983 Samantha Hammel, American record producer and actress
  • 1984 Thore Schölermann, German actor
  • 1986 Ashley Leggat, Canadian actress
  • 1988 Lilly Singh, Canadian YouTube vlogger (IISuperwomanII), born in Scarborough, Toronto
  • 1989 Emma Rigby, English actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1933 Director Victor Fleming (44) weds Lucile Rosson

Director Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
  • 1999 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York
  • 2009 Actress and model Jaime Pressly (35) weds entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) at Dick Clark estate in Malibu
  • 2009 "Half and Half" actress Essence Atkins (37) weds football free safety Jaime Mendez (38) at Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California
  • 2009 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2016 Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liv Schreiber announce their separation after 11 years together

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1958 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), dies of jaundice at 64
  • 1961 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
  • 1961 Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
  • 1964 Calvin Thomas, actor (Judge Hunter-One Man's Family), dies at 79
  • 1964 Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
  • 1966 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1971 Muriel Kirkland, actress (Nana, Fast Workers), dies of emphysema at 68
  • 1972 Charles J Correll, actor/voice (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Anna Magnani, Italian actress (Rose Tattoo, Miracle, Wild is the Wind), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

Actress Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
  • 1979 Arthur Hunnicutt, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies at 68
  • 1979 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • 1984 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 1986 Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)
  • 1996 Mark Frankel, actor (Leon the Pig Farmer), dies on motorcycle at 34
  • 2000 Richard Mulligan, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • 2006 Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American typist, broadcaster and alleged "Tokyo Rose," dies at 90

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and popcorn mogul (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2010 Gloria Stuart, American actress dies from respiratory failure at 100

Actress Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
  • 2012 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28