On This Day

December 2011 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 15 ESPN and the NCAA extend their TV rights deal through 2023-24, giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to 24 NCAA championships for various sports; deal worth $500m

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 5 American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles
  • Dec 17 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 17 "The Descendants" actress Judy Greer (36) weds "Real Time with Bill Mahe"r co-executive producer Dean Johnsen at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
  • Dec 22 "Big Bang Theory" Indian actor Kunal Nayyar (30) weds Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur (28) in New Delhi, India
  • Dec 28 "Stargate SG-1" actor Christopher Judge (47) weds actress and model Gianna Patton (33)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 30 Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27), daughter of Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, in London

  • Dec 31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 27 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Dharam Devdutt "Dev" Anand, Indian comedian, actor, director and producer, dies at 88

Person of interestHarry Morgan

Dec 7 Harry Morgan, American actor (M*A*S*H, Dragnet), dies in his sleep at 96

  • Dec 16 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur), dies of esophageal cancer at 75
  • Dec 16 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), dies from cardiac arrest at 90
  • Dec 16 Robert Easton [Burke], American actor referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" (Someone Up There Likes Me), dies at 81
  • Dec 23 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • Dec 24 Cheetah [Cheeta, Cheta, Chita], chimpanzee actor (1930s Tarzan franchise), dies of kidney failure at 80