On This Day

December 1922 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Dec 2 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2000)
  • Dec 3 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), born in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 4 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), born in Cannes, France (d. 1959)
  • Dec 9 Redd Foxx, American comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Dec 11 Dilip Kumar [Muhammad Yusuf Khan], Indian Bollywood actor known as the "Tragedy King" and one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema (Jwar Bhata), born in Peshawar, British India
  • Dec 14 Don Hewitt, American CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 16 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Dec 18 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • Dec 19 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • Dec 20 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • Dec 20 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 21 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestAva Gardner

Dec 24 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • Dec 24 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)