On This Day

December 1946 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Music Premiere

Dec 19 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Film Premiere

Dec 20 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore premieres in New York


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 8 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • Dec 9 Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor (Dostana) and politician (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha 2009-19), born in Patna, Bihar, British India
  • Dec 10 Gloria Loring, American actress and singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 Marlous Fluitsma, Dutch actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest), born in Zuthphen, Netherlands
  • Dec 14 Jane Birkin, British pop singer ("Je t'aime... moi non plus") and actress (Dust; Death On The Nile), born in Marylebone, London, England
  • Dec 14 Michael Ovitz, American entertaiment executive (president of Walt Disney Company, 1995-97; co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, 1975-95), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 14 [Anna Marie] "Patty" Duke, American Academy and Emmy awarding actress (The Miracle Worker; The Patty Duke Show), and mental health advocate, born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Dec 16 Terence Knox, American actor (Peter-St Elsewhere), born in Richland, Washington
  • Dec 16 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Promised Country), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • Dec 17 Eugene Levy, Canadian comic actor, and writer (SCTV; American Pie; Schitt's Creek), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Steven Spielberg

Dec 18 Steven Spielberg, American director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Dec 19 Robert Urich, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$), born in Toronto, Ohio
  • Dec 19 Rosemary Conley, English businesswoman, author and broadcaster
  • Dec 20 John Spencer, American actor (LA Law, West Wing), born in New York City (d. 2005)

Dick Wolf

Dec 20 Dick Wolf, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order), born in NYC, New York

  • Dec 20 Lesley Judd, British child actress, dancer, television presenter (Blue Peter, 1972-79), and radio host (BBC's Woman's Hour, 1982-88), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Josh Mostel, American actor (Jesus Christ Superstar; Big Daddy), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Tony Craig [Kulasa], American actor (That Boy Next Door), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Susan Lucci

Dec 23 Susan Lucci, American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess), born in Scarsdale, New York

  • Dec 26 Lisette Hordijk, Dutch TV broadcaster
  • Dec 27 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • Dec 29 Marianne Faithfull, British folk-rock and jazz singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"; "Broken English"), and actress, born in Hampstead, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Jackie Coogan

Dec 26 Actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds Ann McCormack (22)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 7 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • Dec 12 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), dies from diphtheria at 35
  • Dec 25 W C Fields, writer and comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • Dec 31 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, dies at 89