On This Day

December 1961 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • Dec 15 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
  • Dec 18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Jeremy Northam, English actor (Emma, The Crown), born in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 3 Adal Ramones, Mexican television host
  • Dec 8 Mikey Robins, Australian comedian
  • Dec 9 Joe Lando, American actor (Byron Sully-Dr Quinn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 David Anthony Higgins, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 10 Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 12 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • Dec 13 Irene Sáez, Venezuelan beauty queen crowned Miss Universe 1981 and politician, born in Chacao, Miranda, Venezuela
  • Dec 15 Annie Pujol, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune), born in Perpignan, France
  • Dec 16 Bill Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Dec 16 LaChanze [Rhonda LaChanze Sapp], American Broadway actress (The Color Purple), born in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Dec 20 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • Dec 21 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor (Internal Affairs), born in British Hong Kong
  • Dec 23 Carol Smillie, British television personality, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Dec 26 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch], American actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 26 John Lynch, Irish actor, born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 31 Joanna Johnson, American actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in Film & TV

Martin Sheen

Dec 23 Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), dies at 71
  • Dec 30 Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53