On This Day

December 1928 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

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Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • Dec 9 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Dec 10 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), born in DeKalb, Bowie County, Texas (d. 1972)
  • Dec 10 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York (d. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1996)
  • Dec 15 Jimmy Nelson, American ventriloquist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 20 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Dec 21 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • Dec 22 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • Dec 25 Irish McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • Dec 29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Johannes "Johan" Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • Dec 14 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), dies at 77