December 1968 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Music Concert

Dec 3 Elvis Presley's Comeback Special airs on NBC, his 1st live performance in seven years, re-launching his singing career

  • Dec 6 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 9 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film & TV History

Dec 9 Terence O'Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, makes a television appeal for moderate opinion in what became known as the 'Ulster stands at the Crossroads' speech

  • Dec 11 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast

Music History

Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock and Roll Circus"- guest performers include The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono; the program never airs aired

  • Dec 16 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 16 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, London

  • Dec 18 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres in NYC
  • Dec 19 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast

Music Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director (Bleak House), born in Salford, England
  • Dec 2 Lucy Liu, American actress (Ally McBeal), born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
  • Dec 2 Rena Sofer, American actress (Rocky-Loving, Lois Cerullo-General Hospital), born in Arcadia, California

Brendan FraserBrendan Fraser (54 years old)

Dec 3 American actor (Encino Man; The Mummy films; Gods and Monsters), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Dec 3 Kevin Telles, actor (Party Camp)
  • Dec 5 Catherine Tate [née Ford], English actress and comedian (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who), born in Bloomsbury, London, England

Lisa MarieLisa Marie (54 years old)

Dec 5 American actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Dec 5 Margaret Cho, American actress and comedienne (Face/Off), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 7 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league second rower (3 Tests; NRL Premiership 1991 Penrith; NSW 3 SOO) and broadcaster (MMM), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 8 Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator, born in Syracuse, New York

Kurt AngleKurt Angle (54 years old)

Dec 9 American 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Dec 12 Kate Humble, English television presenter, born in Wimbledon, London
  • Dec 12 Rory Kennedy, American documentary filmmaker, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 14 Noelle Beck, American actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 15 Garrett Wang, American actor (Star Trek Voyager), born in Riverside, California
  • Dec 15 Javid Hussain, Indian film producer
  • Dec 16 Paul Scherrer, American actor (Children of Corn II, Free Spirit), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 18 Casper Van Dien, American actor (Starship Troopers), born in Milton, Florida
  • Dec 18 Craig "muMS" Grant, American poet and actor (Oz), born in New York City
  • Dec 20 Joe Cornish, British comedian, born in Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Dec 21 Khrystyne Haje, American actress (Simone-Head of the Class), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Dec 22 Dina Meyer, American film & television actress, born in Forest Hills, New York City
  • Dec 22 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Helena Christensen, Danish model & photographer (Inferno), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dec 26 Bill Lawrence, American TV producer, director and screenwriter (Scrubs, Ted Lasso), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • Dec 26 Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Dec 31 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian & actor, born in Scarborough, Canada

Divorces in Film & TV

Peter Sellers

Dec 18 Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), dies of asthma at 66
  • Dec 5 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • Dec 10 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • Dec 11 Nadine Riga, American actress, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • Dec 12 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted; Batman - "Black Widow"), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • Dec 18 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), dies at 36 after accidentally overdosing on influenza medication
  • Dec 22 Louise Granville, Australian actress (How Green Paid the Rent), dies of influenza at 73