On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 28

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1934 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

Humorist Will Rogers
Will Rogers
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1936 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
  • 1944 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)

Film release premierFilm Release

1945 "Mildred Price" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand

Actress Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
  • 1948 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 16 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1953 "Bob & Ray Show" TV Variety last air on NBC
  • 1953 "Juvenile Jury" TV Children's last airs on NBC, moved to CBS
  • 1953 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • 1953 KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • 1955 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 "Johnny Carson Show" TV Variety last airs on CBS-TV

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 1957 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1957 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1959 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

  • 1960 "Millionaire" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960 "Queen For A Day" moves to ABC-TV
  • 1961 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1961 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV

Actress Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
  • 1961 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • 1962 "Brighter Day" last airs on CBS-TV daytime
  • 1962 "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1962 "Jan Murray Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1962 The last airing of "The Tonight Show" prior to Johnny Carson becoming host airs on NBC-TV
  • 1962 "Verdict Is Yours," last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1963 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1963 "New Phil Silvers Show" debuts on CBS-TV

Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • 1963 "Shari Lewis Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1963 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1970 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1987 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starring Patrick Stewart debuts on syndicated TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • 1991 "Commish" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1992 "Dog City" cartoon debuts on Fox-TV
  • 1994 "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Ed Wood" film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp premieres

Actor Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton
  • 1995 "Batman Forever" released in Czech Republic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Mary Tyler Moore returns to series TV in "NY News" on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Newscaster David Brinkley, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting

NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Trevor Noah succeeds Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show"

Comedian and TV Host Trevor Noah
Comedian and TV Host
Trevor Noah
Comedian and TV Host Jon Stewart
Comedian and TV Host
Jon Stewart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1861 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1872 Lena Ashwell, British actress and theatrical manager who was the 1st to organize large-scale entertainment for WWI troops at the front, born on the ship Wellesley (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1879 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), born in Viborg Denmark (d. 1959)
  • 1891 Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress regarded as Hollywood's first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress (Missy, Her Great Part), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1918)

Person of interestElmer Rice

1892 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, born in NYC, New York

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • 1892 Ruth Stonehouse, American silent film actress and director (Dorothy Dares), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1941)
  • 1901 Lily Bouwmeester, Dutch actress and comedienne (Pygmalion), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1901 William Samuel Paley, American president and CEO of CBS (1928-90), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)

Person of interestEd Sullivan

1901 Ed Sullivan, American television host (The Ed Sullivan Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1907 Ida Turay, Hungarian actress (Deryne, Ida Regenye), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Wiesje Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Doodzonde), born in Watergraafsmeer, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1979)

Person of interestPeter Finch

1916 Peter Finch, actor (Network, Windom's Way, Raid on Entebbe), born in London, England

  • 1918 Arnold Stang, American comedian and actor (Broadside, Milton Berle, Top Cat), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1923 William Windom, American actor (Farmer's Daughter, Murder She Wrote), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½, La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes, The Pizza Triangle), born in Fontana Liri, Lazio, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Frank Latimore [Kline], Darien Ct, actor (Patton, Breakin Up)
  • 1926 Jerry Clower, Amite County Miss, country comedian (Nashville on Road)
  • 1930 Ugo Gregoretti, Italian actor (Rogopag, Common Sense of Modesty), born in Rome, Italy

Person of interestBrigitte Bardot

1934 Brigitte Bardot, French actress, model, animal activist and sex kitten (And God Created Women), born in Paris, France

Actress and Model Brigitte Bardot
Actress and Model
Brigitte Bardot
  • 1934 Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972)
  • 1935 Heather Sears, actress (Room at the Top), born in London, England
  • 1936 Robert Hogan, American actor (Peyton Place, Operation Petticoat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Robert Wolders, Rotterdam Holland, actor (Erik Hunter-Laredo)
  • 1936 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, born in Damascus, Syria (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • 1942 Marshall Bell, American actor
  • 1942 Pierre Clémenti, French actor (d. 1999)
  • 1943 J T Walsh, actor (Col Frank Bach-Dark Skies)
  • 1943 Joel Higgins, American actor (Salvage 1, Silver Spoons), born in Bloomington, Illinois
  • 1943 Susanne Jagd, Danish actress (Between the Sheets, Tinderbox)
  • 1944 Matthew Cowles, American soap actor (Eban Japes-Loving, Billy-All My Children), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Conny Van Dyke, Nassawadox Va, actress (Framed, Hell's Angels '69)
  • 1946 Fiona Lewis, Westcliff England, actress (Stunts, Lisztomania)
  • 1946 Herbert Jefferson Jr, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1946 Peter Egan, actor (Bean, Chariots of Fire)
  • 1946 Jeffrey Jones, American actor (Deadwood; Beetlejuice; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1947 Harold Dow, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1950 John Sayles, actor (Brother from Another Planet), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1951 Christian Marlowe, actor (Bram-Highcliffe Manor), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Silvia Dionisio, actress (Riavanti Marsh!, Amici Miei), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1952 Sylvia Kristel, Neth, actress (Emmanuelle, Priv School for Girls), (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Marc Duret, actor (Dobermann, Hatred, Big Blue)
  • 1959 Steve Hytner, American actor
  • 1961 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962 Thomas Mork, Danish actor (Krystalbarnet, Bryggeren)
  • 1963 Steve Blackman, American professional wrestler

Person of interestJaneane Garofalo

1964 Janeane Garofalo, American comedienne (SNL, Truth about Cats & Dogs), born in Newton, New Jersey

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo
  • 1964 Susan Walters, Georgia, actress (Lorna-Loving, Mary Beth-Dear John)
  • 1966 Puri Jagannadh, Indian film director
  • 1967 Moon Unit Zappa, American actress and rock vocalist (Frank Zappa - "Valley Girl"), born in New York City
  • 1967 Mira Sorvino, American actress (Quiz Show, Norma Jean & Marilyn), born in Tenafly, New Jersey
  • 1968 Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party), born in Paris, France
  • 1968 Naomi Watts, British actress (King Kong, 21 Grams), born in Shoreham, Kent
  • 1974 John Light, English actor
  • 1975 Karan Ashley Jackson, Odessa Tx, actress (Aisha-Mighty Power Rangers)
  • 1978 Marzena Godecki, actress (Ocean Girl)
  • 1979 Anndi Lynn McAfee, actress (Ice Cream Man, Conagher)
  • 1981 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
  • 1982 Ranbir Kapoor, Indian actor (Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Person of interestHilary Duff

1987 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff
  • 1992 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, born in Houston, Texas, (d. 2014)

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1922 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon

LoveWedding of Interest

1933 Actress Greer Garson (29) weds first husband Edward Snelson (29)

Actress Greer Garson
Greer Garson

LoveWedding of Interest

1935 Comedian Stan Laurel (45) marries 2nd wife actress Virginia Ruth Rogers

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1936 "Marx Brothers" comedian Harpo Marx (47) weds "Million Dollar Legs" actress Susan Fleming (28)
  • 1951 Actor Franchot Tone weds actress Barbara Payton

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Chad Lowe (29) weds actress Hilary Swank (23)

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
  • 2008 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 Eva Thatcher, American actress, dies at 80
  • 1943 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, dies at 53
  • 1947 William B. Davidson, American film actor dies at 59
  • 1948 E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, dies at 85
  • 1948 Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44
  • 1954 Bert Lytell, American actor (One Man's Family), dies at 69
  • 1955 Arthur Donaldson, Swedish American actor, dies at 86
  • 1959 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • 1961 Michael Shepley, British actor (Squibs, Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
  • 1964 Harpo Marx [Adolph], American actor and comedian (Marx brothers), dies at 75
  • 1965 Eddie Gribbon, actor (Keystone Kops), dies after long illness
  • 1966 Eric Fleming, American actor (Gil-Rawhide), drowns at 41
  • 1968 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
  • 1973 Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
  • 1973 Norma Crane, American actress (Tea & Sympathy, Fiddler on the Roof, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1974 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88
  • 1975 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), dies at 87
  • 1975 Sidney Fields, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 77
  • 1982 Larry Breeding, American actor (Who's Watching the Kids), dies in a car crash on his 36th birthday
  • 1982 Mabel Albertson, actress (Gazebo, Bewitched), dies of Alzheimer at 81
  • 1986 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • 1988 Ethel Grandin, silent screen actress (Deserter), dies at 94
  • 1988 Marjorie Bonner Lowry, actress (Reno, Poor Girls), dies at 83
  • 1994 Harry Saltzman, Canadian theater and film producer (Goldfinger), dies at 78
  • 1995 Eddy Grove, American actor (Dragnet, The Silent Service, Medic), dies at 78
  • 2003 Elia Kazan, Greek-American film director (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 94
  • 2009 Ulf Larsson, Swedish actor (b. 1956)
  • 2016 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director and writer (One Life to Live, All My Children), dies at 93
  • 2016 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), dies at 68
  • 2019 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • 2020 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), dies of cancer at 91