On This Day

December 1948 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Diane Kurys, French filmmaker and actress (Entre Nous), born in Lyon, Rhône, France
  • Dec 6 JoBeth Williams, American actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 7 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 9 Marleen Gorris, Dutch writer and director (Antonia's Line), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Dec 9 Ron Vawter, American actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister), born in Latham, New York (d. 1994)
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Boudewijn Büch, Dutch writer and TV host, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 14 Dee Wallace Stone [Deanna Bowers], American actress (Critters, 10, ET), born in Kansas City, Kanasas
  • Dec 15 David Gwillim, English actor (Island at Top of the World), born in Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Dec 15 Melanie Chartoff, American actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis) and director, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 15 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (For Your Eyes Only), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1991)
  • Dec 16 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • Dec 21 Barry Gordon, American actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Person of interestSamuel L. Jackson

Dec 21 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 22 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Dec 23 Leslie Moonves, American television executive (CEO and Chairman of CBS), born in New York City

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

Dec 25 Barbara Mandrell, American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Dec 25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 27 Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • Dec 31 Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 20 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85