December 1971 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • Dec 17 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • Dec 18 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 19 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 19 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • Dec 22 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Stephanie Finochio, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 1 Dolgors├╝rengiin Serjb├╝dee, Mongolian professional wrestler
  • Dec 2 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor
  • Dec 3 Keegan Connor Tracy, Canadian actress
  • Dec 5 Kali Rocha, American actress (Liv and Maddie), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec 14 Natascha McElhone, English actress (The Truman Show), born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Dec 17 Claire Forlani, British actress (Mallrats, Meet Joe Black, Hawaii Five-0), born in Twickenham, London
  • Dec 19 Amy Locane, American actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Dec 22 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Dec 23 Corey Haim, Canadian actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestRicky Martin

Dec 24 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • Dec 24 Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Dec 26 Jared Leto, American actor (My So Called Life, Requiem for a Dream), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Dec 26 Jonathan M. Parisen, American film director, born in Staten Island, New York City
  • Dec 30 Daniel Sunjata, American actor

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • Dec 12 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • Dec 18 Diana Lynn, American actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies of a stroke at 45
  • Dec 20 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • Dec 26 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • Dec 29 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • Dec 30 Dorothy Comingore [Linda Winters], American actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • Dec 30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • Dec 31 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • Dec 31 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • Dec 31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)