December 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 26 "The Philadelphia Story" film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name and starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks)
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, Wuppertal Germany, actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente)
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Dec 24 Sharon Farrell, Sioux City, Iowa, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, TV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Wilfred Lucas, Canadian actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies at 50
  • Dec 25 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), dies at 42