On This Day

December 1943 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Music History

Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Nicholas Peter Negroponte, American founder/director (Media Lab at MIT), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Patti Chandler, American actress (Bikini Beach), born in Culver City, California
  • Dec 8 Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)
  • Dec 10 Theodore Wilson, American actor (That's My Mama, Sanford Arms), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Arturo Ripstein, Mexican film director (El Lugar Sin Limites, Foxtrot), born in Mexico City
  • Dec 13 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • Dec 14 Britt Allcroft, British film and television producer and writer who created the children's TV series "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends", born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • Dec 16 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • Dec 17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Dec 18 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)
  • Dec 19 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), born in Manchester, England (d. 2014)
  • Dec 20 Angel Tompkins, American actress (Gloria-Search), born in Albany, California
  • Dec 21 (Marvin John) "Jack" Nance, American stage & screen actor (Eraserhead; Twin Peaks), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Dec 23 Harry Shearer, American actor (SNL, Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 23 Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor and director (One Evening at Eva), born in Maurik, Netherlands
  • Dec 23 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (A Patch of Blue, Beguilled), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • Dec 24 Christiane Schmidtmer, German actress (Ship of Fools), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 2003)
  • Dec 25 Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)
  • Dec 27 Corrine "Cokie" Roberts, American journalist, pioneering newscaster (ABC; NPR; PBS), and author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 28 Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)

Ben Kingsley

Dec 31 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal), born in Scarborough, England

John Denver

Dec 31 (Henry) John Denver [Deutschendorf], American pop songwriter ("Leaving On A Jet Plane"), country-pop singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Calypso"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), and actor (Oh, God!), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)


Weddings in Film & TV

Dinah Shore

Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

Carl Reiner

Dec 24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 30 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76