On This Day

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, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, 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 Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 5 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • Dec 7 Kumar Shahani, Indian writer and director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan), born in Larkana, Sindh
  • Dec 7 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 8 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks), born in Worthing, Sussex, England
  • Dec 11 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 13 Edith Clever, German actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • Dec 13 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 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, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Dec 30 James Burrows, TV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)
  • Dec 31 Tim Considine, American actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


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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