December 1917 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 25 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 William Tracy, American actor (To the Shores of Tripoli, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Dec 2 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Dec 13 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • Dec 13 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Dec 14 Elyse Knox, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 18 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Dec 20 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Dec 30 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington
  • Dec 31 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 17 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, dies at 40