On This Day in Film & TV for December 28

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 Filmmakers the Lumiere brothers, hold the first commercial film screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café, Paris
  • 1949 20th Century Fox announces it would produce TV programs
  • 1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1967 KTSB (now KSNT) TV channel 27 in Topeka, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1991 Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiminez, 20, of Venez, crowned 41st Miss World

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2009 Scarlett Johansson makes her debut on Broadway in the Arthur Miller play "A View from the Bridge"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1887 Charles Dingle, actor (The Little Foxes), born in Wabash, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Frank Butler, actor/sreenwriter (Road to Bali, China), born in Oxford, England
  • 1899 Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943)
  • 1905 Cliff Arquette, comedian (Charlie Weaver), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Lew Ayres, Minn, actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Dr Kildare)
  • 1911 Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
  • 1911 Sam Levenson, American humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1914 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street)
  • 1914 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1916 Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
  • 1923 Andrew Duggan, actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War)
  • 1925 Hildegard Knef, Ulm Germany, actress (Touch of Class, Mozambique), (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1933 Jack Perkins, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday, NBC Magazine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1934 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Dakota Road, Barton Fink)

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1934 Maggie Smith, English actress (Death on Nile, Clash of Titans), born in Ilford, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
  • 1934 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (d. 1987)
  • 1938 Bruce Yarnell, actor (Outlaws), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), born in Dublin (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Andrew Olle, broadcaster
  • 1950 Øivind Blunck, Norwegian comedian and actor
  • 1953 Robert Pittman, TV executive/developer (MTV)

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1954 Denzel Washington, American actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • 1954 Tony Rosato, Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), born in Naples, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1959 Phil Abrams, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Chad McQueen, actor (Nightforce)
  • 1960 Terri Garber, actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963 Malcolm Gets, actor (Richard Karinsky-Caroline In the City)
  • 1963 Willow Bay, TV host (Good Morning America)
  • 1965 Colleen Dion, actress (Brett Gardner-Another World)
  • 1970 Elizabeth McIntyre, Dunbar WV, Miss America-WV (1996)
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress

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1973 Seth Meyers, American actor, comedian, writer and producer (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live), born in Evanston,, Illinois

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • 1975 Tannis Vallely, American actress (Janice Lazorotto-Head of the Class), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Joe Manganiello, American actor (Spider-Man, Magic Mike XXL, True Blood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 John Legend [John R Stephens], American musician, producer, songwriter and actor (La La Land, Django Unchained), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1980 Vanessa Ferlito, American actress
  • 1981 Sienna Miller, British actress
  • 1982 Kevin Pereira, American television host
  • 1983 Mike He, Taiwanese actor
  • 1984 Beverly Mullins, American Wrestler/Model
  • 1987 Thomas Dekker, American actor
  • 1989 Mackenzie Rosman, American actress
  • 1990 David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Author John Steinbeck (48) weds actress Elaine Anderson (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

1956 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)

  • 1957 "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Actor Robert Carlyle (36) weds makeup artist Anastasia Shirley in Scotland

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island

  • 2010 "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia
  • 2011 "Stargate SG-1" actor Christopher Judge (47) weds actress and model Gianna Patton (33)

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) divorces childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) 4 months after getting married

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • 2010 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1938 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
  • 1962 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (b. 1887)
  • 1969 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • 1983 William Demarest, actor (My 3 Sons), dies in Palm Springs at 91
  • 1990 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
  • 1991 Cassandra Harris, actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1991 Jacques Aubuchon, actor (Hoax, Thunder Road), dies of heart failure
  • 1993 Howard Caine [Cohen], American actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 67
  • 1997 Ronald Clive Williams, actor/comedian, dies at 68
  • 1999 Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2016 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away