On This Day

December 1996 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 14 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 Horror film classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

  • Dec 26 Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado

Birthdays in Film & TV


Person of interestStefanie Scott

Dec 6 Stefanie Scott, American actress (Quinn Brenner-Insidious: Chapter 3) and singer (New Girl in Town), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Stefanie Scott
Actress and Singer
Stefanie Scott

Person of interestHailee Steinfeld

Dec 11 Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld
  • Dec 12 Lucas Hedges, American actor (Boy Erased), born in New York City

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Model-actress Angie Everhart (27) weds actor Ashley Hamilton (22) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
  • Dec 30 "The Last Emperor" Chinese actress Vivian Wu (30) weds producer-director Oscar Costo (43) in Shanghai, China

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Howard E Rollins Jr, actor (Ed Harding-Another World), dies at 46
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 11 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), dies of leukemia at 81
  • Dec 13 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88
  • Dec 19 Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Ronald Howard, British actor (Naked Edge, Come September, Murder She Said), dies at 78
  • Dec 19 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½, La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes, The Pizza Triangle), dies of pancreatic cancer at 72
  • Dec 25 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colorado child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • Dec 30 Jack Nance, actor (Meatballs 4, Whore, Voodoo), murdered at 53
  • Dec 30 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), dies at 88
  • Dec 31 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Wesley Addy, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), dies at 83