On This Day in Film & TV for December 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1923 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1953 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins
  • 1962 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
  • 1963 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • 1971 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1981 CNN Headline News debuts
  • 1982 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • 1982 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features

Music concertMusic Concert

1993 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1998 US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1818 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress
  • 1892 Jason Robards Sr, Hillsdale Mich, actor (Acapulco)
  • 1894 Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish/US actress (Madame Dubarry)
  • 1896 Ronald Adam, Herefordshire England, actor (Phantom Shot)
  • 1897 Rhys Williams, Wales, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart)
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer and actress (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), born in Rigewood, New Jersey
  • 1910 Roy Rowland, film director
  • 1914 Pat Brady, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, actress (Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Taylor Mead, American actor
  • 1929 Mies Bouman, Dutch TV hostess (Open the Village)
  • 1930 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1932 George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)
  • 1933 Edward Bunker, American author and actor (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

  • 1938 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Sarah Miles, Essex England, actress (Ryan's Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)
  • 1943 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal), born in Scarborough
  • 1946 Barbara Carrera, actress (Angelica-Dallas), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1947 Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)
  • 1948 Joe Dallesandro, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1953 James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Jane Badler, actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Bebe Neuwirth, Princeton NJ, actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees)
  • 1959 Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow)
  • 1959 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)
  • 1961 Joanna Johnson, actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful)
  • 1962 Don Diamont, actor (Brad-Young & Restless)
  • 1964 Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
  • 1964 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter
  • 1965 Gong Li, Chinese actress
  • 1966 Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of O.J. Simpson/actress (Dangerous)
  • 1968 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1974 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler
  • 1976 Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser
  • 1977 Ildiko Kecan, Miss Hungary Universe (1997)
  • 1979 Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress
  • 1980 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

1955 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

  • 1989 Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi
  • 1993 Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1997 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Kate Hudson
Actress
Kate Hudson
  • 2001 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2002 Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia
  • 2004 English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
  • 2005 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 2006 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2006 Actor Robert Lindsay (57) weds actress and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford (44) at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club
  • 2008 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
  • 2010 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
  • 2011 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2012 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (86) weds glamour model Crystal Harris (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 2013 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2015 TV presenter Alex Jones (38) weds Charlie Thomson in a magical ceremony at Cardiff Castle

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946 Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor, dies at 89
  • 1960 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69
  • 1966 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
  • 1969 Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69
  • 1971 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • 1971 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • 1971 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1977 Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • 1983 Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46
  • 1985 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45
  • 1986 Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54
  • 1993 Arthur Dreifuss, director/producer (Murder in Amsterdam), dies at 85
  • 1994 Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Story of Ruth), dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1996 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
  • 1997 Lillian Billie Dove Bohney, actress, dies at 96
  • 2001 Eileen Heckart, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2013 James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2015 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • 2015 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74