On This Day

December 1965 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Television Premiere

Dec 9 "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the first Peanuts animated special premieres on CBS in the US

Music Concert

Dec 17 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act

Film Premier

Dec 22 "Doctor Zhivago" based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC

Film Premier

Dec 29 "Thunderball", 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo, Japan

  • Dec 29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

Music Single

Dec 29 The Supremes release single "My World is Empty Without You"


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Steve Harris, American actor
  • Dec 3 Andrew Stanton, American Academy Award-winning animator and film director (Wall-E; Finding Nemo), born in Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Dec 4 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director (As Luck Would Have It), born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • Dec 4 Veronica Taylor [McInerney], American voice actress (Pokemon - Ash Ketchum), born in New York City
  • Dec 7 Jeffrey Wright, American actor (Angels in America, Westworld), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 8 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China
  • Dec 9 Brad Savage, American actor (Red Dawn), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Dec 10 Stephanie Morgenstern, Canadian actress and filmmaker (Remembrance), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dec 18 Tommy Davidson, American actor
  • Dec 19 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 20 Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Dec 21 Andy Dick, American actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec 21 Anke Engelke, Canadian-German comedian, born in Montreal, Quebec

Salman Khan

Dec 27 Salman Khan, Indian actor (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), born in Indore, India

  • Dec 28 Colleen Dion, American actress (Brett Gardner-Another World), born in Newburgh, New York
  • Dec 31 Gong Li, Chinese actress (Farewell My Concubine), born in Shenyang, China

Weddings in Film & TV

Tony Hancock

Dec 2 Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests) dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 22 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Gorilla, Hi Ya Chum), dies at 62
  • Dec 22 Richard Dimbleby, British journalist and broadcaster, dies at 52