On This Day in Film & TV for September 4

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released
  • 1940 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 1951 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
  • 1953 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • 1953 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 1965 KREZ TV channel 6 in Durango, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1972 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 1978 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
  • 1981 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 1989 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219
  • 1989 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou wins Golden Lion

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1990 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins Golden Lion

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • 1992 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah
  • 1995 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1998 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Actress Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts

Film release premierFilm Premier

2008 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1848 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1925)
  • 1871 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress and wife of Joseph of Lyre, born in St-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Johanna M "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Bruno Gerlach, born (d. 1964)
  • 1904 Maudet Christian-Jacques, film director
  • 1915 Dick Thomas, TV host (Village Barn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1919 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Dick York, American actor (Darrin-Bewitched, Inherit the Wind), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1931 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932 Dinsdale Landen, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Richard Castellano, actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor and director (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Leonard Frey, American actor (Best of West, Mr Smith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Joanna Van Gyseghem, English actress
  • 1942 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Jennifer Salt, actress (Sisters, Soap, Wedding Party), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1952 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), born in Bombay State, India
  • 1953 Kengo Kimura, [Takashi Kimura], wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1953 Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, American actor (Freddie-Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 José Castro, Swedish actor.
  • 1956 Candy Loving Oswego KS, playmate (Jan, 1979)
  • 1957 Khandi Alexander, American actress
  • 1957 Patricia Tallman, American actress
  • 1958 Shiro Koshinaka, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1959 Kevin Harrington, Australian actor
  • 1960 Damon Wayans, actor/comedian (In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman)
  • 1960 Peter Virgile, soap actor (Hostage, Popeye Doyle)
  • 1961 Kevin Kennedy, English actor
  • 1965 Terri Lynn Doss, playmate (Jul, 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 John Preston, Utah, actor (Greg-General Hospital)
  • 1968 Phill Lewis, American actor
  • 1968 John DiMaggio, American actor
  • 1969 Noah Taylor, English-born actor
  • 1970 Ione Skye, [Leitch], Hertfordshire England, actress (Say Anything)
  • 1970 Dave Buchwald, American hacker and filmmaker
  • 1971 Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress
  • 1972 Danny Ponce, Waltham Mass, actor (Willie-Valerie/Hogan Family)
  • 1972 Myra Katherine Hale, Miss America-Nebraska (1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1972 Françoise Yip, Canadian actress
  • 1973 Stacy Sanches, playmate (Mar, 1995), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • 1978 Wes Bentley, American actor
  • 1979 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress
  • 1984 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress, singer and composer
  • 1991 Carter Jenkins, American actor
  • 2179 Nyota Uhura, Fictional Star Trek communications officer, born in Nairobi, Kenya

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1988 Actor Kevin Bacon marries actress Kyra Sedgwick

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 "Sex and The City" actress Kim Cattrall (42) weds audio designer Mark Levinson

Actress Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
  • 2006 Television presenter Sally Meen (41) weds show business agent Russ Lindsay at Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey
  • 2009 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011 Fashion model and designer Lauren Bush (28) weds David Lauren (40), son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren at the 17,000 acre farm in Colorado

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • 1975 Walter Tetley, cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60
  • 1981 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • 1985 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1985 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • 1990 Irene Dunne, actress (5 oscars), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1991 Thomas Tryon, actor (Cardinal)/writer (Other), dies at 65
  • 1991 Tom Tryon, American actor (The Cardinal, All That Glitters, The Longest Day), dies of stomach cancer at 65
  • 1992 John van Dreelen, [Jacques T van Drielen Gimberg], actor (Topaz), dies
  • 1993 Herve Villechaize, actor (Fantasy Island), shoots self to death at 50
  • 1995 John Megna, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird), dies at 42

Person of interestSteve Irwin

2006 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2006 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), dies of natural causes at 90

Person of interestJoan Rivers

2014 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 2014 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90