On This Day in Film & TV for September 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • 1953 KNOE TV channel 8 in Monroe-West Monroe, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KQTV TV channel 2 in Saint Joseph, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WMAZ TV channel 13 in Macon, GA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WTOK TV channel 11 in Meridian, MS (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Music releaseMusic Single

1973 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1976 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Ampitheater

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 1981 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances
  • 1991 "Princesses" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1993 Actor Daniel Day Lewis pleads guilty to speeding charges

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1993 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 2018 First Chinese #MeToo case goes to court, TV star Zhu Jun sues for defamation after accusation posted online

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1776 Maria Versfelt [Ida Saint-Elme], Dutch writer, stage actress, and mistress (General Moreau & Marshal Ney), born in Lith, Netherlands (d. 1845)
  • 1881 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • 1887 Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Potasch & Perlemoer, Boefje), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 1892 John Mylong, Austrian actor (Robot Monsters), born Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1894 Olive Tell, American actress (Her Sister), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1907 Bernard Miles, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Great Expectations, In Which We Serve), born in Uxbridge, England (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Eve March, American actress (Curse of the Cat People), born in Fresno, California (d. 1974)
  • 1917 William T. Orr, American television producer (d. 2002)
  • 1918 James McCallion, Scottish actor (Coogan's Bluff, Vera Cruz), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • 1920 William Conrad [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Mary McCarty, American actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • 1927 Patrick O'Neal, American actor (Under Seige, The Stepford Wives, King Rat, Night of the Iguana), born in Ocala, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Sada Thompson, American actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2011)
  • 1932 Roger C. Carmel, American actor (Harry Mudd-Star Trek, In-Laws), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1933 Kathleen Nolan, American actress (Real McCoys, Janie, Broadside), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1933 Will Sampson, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Barbara Howar, reporter (Wash Post, Entertainment Tonight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934 Claude Jarman Jr, actor (Rio Grande, Inside Straight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Wilford Brimley, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon)
  • 1936 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, born in Karachi, Colonial India (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Don Cornelius, American television host (Soul Train), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", born in Siem Reap, Cambodia (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Maxwell Boyce, Welsh comedian and singer, born in Glynneath, Wales
  • 1946 Robin Nedwell, English comedy actor (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Denis Lawson, actor (Return of Jedi, Born Kicking, Chain)
  • 1947 Liz Torres, actress (Mahalia Sanchez-John Larroquette Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1947 Barbara Dickson, Scottish actress and singer (Answer Me), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • 1948 A Martinez, American actor (L.A. Law, Santa Barbara), born in Glendale, California
  • 1948 Michele Dotrice, English actor
  • 1948 Tom Braidwood, Canadian actor
  • 1949 Robb Weller, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Home Show)
  • 1950 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japan, actor (Lt A J Shimamura-Nash Bridges)
  • 1952 Del Russel, actor (Richard-Arnie), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1958 Shaun Cassidy, American actor/singer (Hardy Boys, Breaking Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Ricky Fuji, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1971 Patrick Muldoon, American actor (Austin-Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1971 Li Yapeng, Chinese actor

Person of interestGwyneth Paltrow

1972 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress (Pallbearer, Emma, Hard Eight), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1979 Zita Görög, Hungarian actress and model
  • 1982 Anna Camp, American actress (Sarah Newlin-True Blood, Mad Men, The Good Wife), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1983 Shermon Tang, Hong Kong actress
  • 1983 Jeon Hye Bin, Korean actress
  • 1990 Kylee Lin, American beauty pageant winner
  • 1992 Jake Burbage, American actor, born in Willingboro Township, New Jersey
  • 1996 Daeg Faerch, Danish-born Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actor Richard Cromwell (35) weds actress Angela Lansbury (19) in Independence, California

  • 1997 "The Cosby Show" actress Erika Alexander (28) weds screenwriter Tony Puryear (40) on outdoor ceremony in Malibu
  • 1998 "The Mummy" actor Brendan Fraser (30) weds actress Afton Smith (32) at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • 2008 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Businesswoman and TV personality Khloé Kardashian (28) weds NBA basketball forward Lamar Odom (32) in Beverly Hills, California

TV Personality Khloé Kardashian
TV Personality
Khloé Kardashian

HeartWedding of Interest

2014 Actor George Clooney (53) weds lawyer Amal Alamuddin (36) at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64

Person of interestClara Bow

1965 Clara Bow, US actress (It), dies at 60

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1969 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • 1975 Mark Frechette, actor (Zabriskie Point, Uomini Contro), dies at 27
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1981 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1985 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1991 Huib Orizand, Dutch actor (Paul Vlanderen), dies
  • 1992 Keith Prentice, US actor (Boys in the Band), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1992 Ray Gill, actor (Prelude to a Kiss), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1994 Ruth Niehaus, German actress, dies at 69
  • 2003 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2005 Ronald Golias, Brazilian comedian and actor (A Família Trapo), dies at 76
  • 2009 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2012 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), dies at 95
  • 2013 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), dies at 83
  • 2015 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • 2015 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • 2017 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94