On This Day

December 2001 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 5 "Ocean's Eleven" directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts premieres in Westwood, California

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
Winona Ryder

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 13 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • Dec 31 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 13 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • Dec 7 Pauline Moore [Joless Love], American actress (Colorado, Young Mr. Lincoln), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 87
  • Dec 10 Ashok Kumar [Dadamoni, Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly], Indian actor (Mahal, Afsana), dies from chronic asthma at 90
  • Dec 12 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • Dec 15 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of heart attack at 27
  • Dec 18 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Dan DeCarlo, American cartoonist (Archie Comics), dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), dies of natural causes at 89
  • Dec 26 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Eileen Heckart, American actress (Butterflies Are Free, Doll's House, Trauma Center), dies of lung cancer at 82