December 1966 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
  • Dec 1 Katherine LaNasa, American actress
  • Dec 2 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Dec 4 Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 5 Joseph Barbara, American actor (Joe Carlino-Another World), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • Dec 7 C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
  • Dec 9 Toby Huss, American actor
  • Dec 11 Gary Dourdan, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 11 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • Dec 12 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 13 Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker, born in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Dec 15 Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
  • Dec 18 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
  • Dec 18 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • Dec 19 Robert MacNaughton, American actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Karri Turner, American actress
  • Dec 24 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 25 Sandy Corn, model/Penthouse Pet (March, 1991)
  • Dec 27 Eva LaRue, American actress
  • Dec 27 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • Dec 29 Jason Gould, Son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 31 Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of O.J. Simpson/actress (Dangerous)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 13 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • Dec 14 Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 14 Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76

Person of interestWalt Disney

Dec 15 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 23 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75