On This Day

December 2003 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

Dec 1 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film & TV History

Dec 2 US reality show "The Simple Life" with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie premieres on Fox

Music History

Dec 5 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

  • Dec 9 "Peter Pan" live action adventure film adaptation of the 1904 play and 1911 by J.M. Barrie premieres in London; flops at the box office
  • Dec 17 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.
  • Dec 29 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Robert Irwin, Australian TV personality and photographer, born in Buderim, Australia

Weddings in Film & TV

Wedding of Interest

Dec 5 British 'Coldplay' lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds American actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California; divorce in 2016

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), dies at 80
  • Dec 3 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Dec 3 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), dies at 88
  • Dec 6 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Dec 10 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • Dec 17 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 19 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Dec 22 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • Dec 27 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • Dec 29 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 29 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), dies at 71
  • Dec 29 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • Dec 30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • Dec 31 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), dies at 79