Today in Entertainment History
On Sept. 8, 1962, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett made its debut on the charts.
In 1966, the television series “Star Trek” premiered on NBC. It ran for three years.
Also in 1966, the sitcom “That Girl,” starring Marlo Thomas, premiered on ABC.
In 1977, musician Jimmy McColloch left Wings to join the re-formed lineup of Small Faces.
In 1991, actor Gene Wilder married Karen Webb, a hearing specialist he met on the set of the movie “See No Evil, Hear No Evil.”
Also in 1991, guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard was found dead in the living room of his home in London. He was 30. A coroner found Clark died after a night of heavy drinking combined with drug use.
In 1992, actress Mary Tyler Moore got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2002, singer Gordon Lightfoot was rushed to the hospital suffering from a weakened blood vessel in his abdomen. He spent three months in the hospital.
In 2012, a man carrying a pair of scissors was arrested outside Miley Cyrus’ house in Los Angeles and threw himself against a wall like he was trying to break in. Jason Luis Rivera was later convicted of trespassing.
In 2015, Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR’) hosted his first edition of “The Late Show” on CBS, taking over for David Letterman.
In 2017, country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry died in a helicopter crash in in Medford, New Jersey. He was 50. That same day, country singer Don Williams died of emphysema in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 78.
Today’s Birthdays: Ventriloquist Willie Tyler (with Lester) is 78. Actor Alan Feinstein is 77. Singer Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels is 76. Actress Heather Thomas is 61. Singer Aimee Mann is 58. Bassist David Steele of Fine Young Cannibals is 58. Actor Thomas Kretschmann (“The Pianist”) is 56. Singer Marc Gordon of Levert is 54. Singer Neko (NEE’-koh) Case is 48. Actor David Arquette is 47. Actor Martin Freeman (TV’s “Fargo,” ″The Hobbit”) is 47. Former MTV personality Kennedy is 46. Drummer Richard Hughes of Keane is 43. Actor Larenz Tate is 43. Actor Nathan Corddry (“Mom,”) is 41. Singer Pink is 39. Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson is 38. Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas (“Home Improvement”) is 37. Rapper Wiz Khalifa is 31. Actor Gaten Matarazzo (“Stranger Things”) is 16.