On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for September 29

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 Lowell Thomas made debuts on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons
  • 1933 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debut
  • 1946 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio

Film release premierFilm Release

1948 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

  • 1948 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • 1948 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1949 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1949 Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli
  • 1950 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1951 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
  • 1952 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1953 "Buick-Berle Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1953 "Make Room for Daddy" starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC in the US

Comedian and TV Host Milton Berle
Comedian and TV Host
Milton Berle

Film release premierFilm Premier

1954 "Barefoot Contessa" film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart premieres at the Capitol


  • 1954 "Masquerade Party" TV game show moves from CBS to ABC for two seasons

Film release premierFilm Premier

1954 The first remake of "A Star Is Born", starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1954 KALB TV channel 5 in Alexandria, LA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • 1956 "Oh! Susanna" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1957 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1957 "Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1958 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1958 "Texan" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1959 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1959 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1960 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960 "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1960 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1961 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
  • 1962 "Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1963 "The Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963 "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963 "Tom Jones" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • 1965 WLVT TV channel 39 in Allentown, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

  • 1969 "Bright Promise" TV Daytime Soap; debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Letters To Laugh-In" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1969 "Name Droppers" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Sale Of Century" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1971 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1975 "Three For Money" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1975 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.
  • 1976 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1977 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1
  • 1978 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • 1978 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1979 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival
  • 1982 1st broadcast of comedy "Cheers" on NBC-TV starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

  • 1985 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1985 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV

  • 1985 "MacGyver" starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1986 "Designing Women" TV comedy, debuts on CBS
  • 1986 NBC true life drama "Adam: His Song Continues" premieres, sequel to "Adam" (1983)
  • 1987 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actress
Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • 1993 "Grace Under Fire" starring Brett Butler debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1994 Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2000 "In the Mood for Love", Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller become engaged

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), born in Orange, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1957)
  • 1891 Gerda Björne, Swedish actress (Familjen Bjork, Hemsoborna), born in By, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Phillips Tead, American character actor (The Front Page; Lightnin'; Fighting Blade; The Adventures of Superman - "Professor Pepperwinkle"), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1974)

Person of interestGreer Garson

1904 Greer Garson, British actress (Mrs Miniver), born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1996)

Actress Greer Garson
Actress
Greer Garson
  • 1905 Ted Decorsia, American actor (The Killing, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Michael Shepley, British actor (Squibs, Dick & the Duchess), born in Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 1961)
  • 1907 Richard Harkness, Artesian SD, newscaster (Story of the Week, NBC)
  • 1910 Virginia Bruce, American actress (Action in Arabia), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Lukas Ammann, Swiss actor (Graf Yoster, Day of Anger, Class Reunion, Palace Hotel), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • 1913 Stanley E Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Person of interestTrevor Howard

1913 Trevor Howard, English actor in over 70 films (Brief Encounter, Superman, The Third Man), born in Kent, England (d. 1988)

  • 1915 Ann Nagel [Anna Marie Dolan], American actress (Don Winslow of the Navy, The Green Hornet), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1915 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), born in Island of Negros, Philippines (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Don Castle, American actor (Born to Speed, Tombstone, Motor Patrol), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1922 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Dark City, Desert Fury), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Steve Forrest, Huntsville, Texas, American actor (Ben-Dallas, SWAT), (d. 2013)

Person of interestAnita Ekberg

1931 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2014)

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • 1931 Eddie Barth [Edward Bartholetti], American actor and voiceover artist nicknamed "Mr. Gravel" for his raspy vocals (Shaft, Simon & Simon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Mylene Demongeot, Nice France, actress (3 Murderesses)
  • 1939 Larry Linville, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Major Frank Burns"), born in Ojai California (d. 2000)
  • 1939 Molly Haskell, American film critic
  • 1942 Donna Corcoran, American actress (Man Without a Star), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Ian McShane, British actor (Roots; Bare Essence), born in Blackburn England
  • 1942 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1942 Steve Tesich, screenwriter/playwright
  • 1944 Torben Jensen, Danish actor (Taxa, Hayfever, Watch Me Fly, Guldregn)
  • 1946 Alasdair Fraser, QC/director (Public Prosecutions for N Ireland)
  • 1946 Patricia Hodge, English actress (Heat of the Day, Miranda), born in Cleethorpes, England
  • 1947 Martin Ferrero, American actor
  • 1948 Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Tony Hoty, actor (Ransom, Paper), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster
  • 1952 Gabor Csupo, Hungarian-born animator
  • 1953 Drake Hogestyn, American actor (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Ft Wayne, Indiana
  • 1953 Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canadian filmmaker (Leola; Night Zoo), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • 1954 Cindy Morgan [Cichorski], actress (Tron), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Ken Weatherwax, American actor (Pugsley-Addams Family), born in LA, CA
  • 1955 Mark Mitchell, actor (Larger than Life, Lift Off, Ground Zero)
  • 1955 Benoît Ferreux, French actor
  • 1956 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1957 Andrew "Dice" Clay [Silverstein], American comedian (Adventures of Ford Fairlane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Roger Bart, American actor
  • 1966 Jill Whelan, actress (Vicki-Love Boat, Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Patrick Burns, American television presenter, born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1968 Samir Soni, Indian film actor
  • 1969 Erika Eleniak, American Canadian actress (Baywatch) and Playboy playmate (Jul, 1989), born in Glendale, California
  • 1970 Emily Lloyd, actress (Wish You Were Here, In Country), born in London, England
  • 1970 Natasha Gregson Wagner, American actress (Dark Horse, SFW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Yoshihiro Tajiri, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1971 Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian
  • 1972 Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer (Jeremy "Jez" Usborne- "Peep Show"), born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1974 Danielle DuClos, actress (Midnight Run, Zits)
  • 1974 Brian Ash, American film producer
  • 1977 Won Bin, South Korean actor
  • 1980 Zachary Levi [Pugh], American actor (Chuck), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1989 Adore Delano [Daniel Noriega], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, actor and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Azusa, California

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1926 Canadian-American actress Norma Shearer weds film producer Irving Thalberg

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer

LoveWedding of Interest

1930 Singer and actor Bing Crosby (27) marries actress Dixie Lee (18)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Actress Isabella Rossellini (27) weds director Martin Scorsese (36)

Actress Isabella Rossellini
Actress
Isabella Rossellini
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Kate Jackson (42) weds ski-lodge entrepreneur Tom Hart in Brentwood

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 2009 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway (29) weds actor-turned-jewelry designer Adam Shulman (31) in Big Sur, California

Actress Anne Hathaway
Actress
Anne Hathaway
  • 2012 "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee
  • 2012 "The Lovely Bones" actor Stanley Tucci (52) formally weds British literary agent Felicity Blunt at Middle Temple Hall in London

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Holly Valance (29) weds property developer Nick Candy (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow marries TV producer Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons


Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2011 "House M.D." actress Olivia Wilde (26) divorces Italian prince Tao Ruspoli (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor, dies in a car accident at 29
  • 1951 Bradley Barker, American silent actor and film director, dies at 68
  • 1959 Harold Huber [Huberman], American radio, stage, a,d screen actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • 1962 Robert Burton, American actor (The Big Heat, Compulsion, A Man Called Peter), dies from cancer at 67
  • 1967 Ludwig Donath, Austrian actor (Torn Curtain, Sirocco, Jolson Sings Again), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 1970 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), dies at 84
  • 1986 Betty Kean, actress (Amy Tucker-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69
  • 1992 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1995 Susan Maureen Fleetwood, actress (Krays, Clash of Titans), dies at 51
  • 2007 Lois Maxwell [Hooker], Canadian actress (Goldfinger, Dr. No, Miss Moneypenny), dies at 80
  • 2009 Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)

Person of interestTony Curtis

2010 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz], American actor (Some Like It Hot), dies at 85

  • 2010 Greg Giraldo, American comedian (Comedy Central Roast) (b.1965)
  • 2020 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • 2020 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53