On This Day

December 1924 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Music History

Dec 16 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 26 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as 'Baby Frances', makes her show business debut


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2012)
  • Dec 5 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1985)
  • Dec 6 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • Dec 14 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), born in Peshawar, British India (d. 1988)
  • Dec 17 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Dec 19 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • Dec 19 Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • Dec 19 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television produce, studio executive, and second husband of Lucille Ball, born in New York City (d. 1999)
  • Dec 20 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • Dec 20 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician & broadcaster, born in Chatham-Kent, Canada (d. 1980)
  • Dec 23 Floyd Kalber, American television journalist & anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • Dec 25 Rod Serling, American screenwriter and TV host (The Twilight Zone; Night Gallery), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1975)
  • Dec 28 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1988)
  • Dec 31 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 6 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)