On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 10

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 1952 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins
  • 1962 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film release premierFilm Premier

1985 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • 1987 "Nightline" is seen in USSR for 1st time

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001 "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
  • 2016 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), born in Germany (d. 1965)

Person of interestVictor McLaglen

1886 Victor McLaglen, English actor (Informer - Academy Award 1935), born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1959)

  • 1889 Ray Collins, American actor (Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1965)
  • 1890 George Merritt, English actor (I Monster, Q Planes), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1903 George J. Lewis, Mexican actor (Don-Zorro), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Una Merkel, American actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Jill Summers, British actress (Agatha Coronation Street), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Chet Huntley, American newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), born in Cardwell, Montana (d. 1974)
  • 1913 Harry Locke, British actor (Passport to Pimlico, Town on Trial), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1914 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Anne Gwynne [Marguerite Gwynne Trice], American model and actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Harold Gould, American character actor (The Sting, The Golden Girls, Rhoda, Big Bus), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Jean Byron [Imogene Audette Burkhart], American actress (The Patty Duke Show), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), born in Lambeth, London (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director and writer (One Life to Live, All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1928 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), born in DeKalb, Bowie County, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1928 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1933 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Empire of Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Fionnula Flanagan, Irish actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1941 Peter Michael Goetz, American actor (Jumping Jack Flash, King Kong Lives), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941 Tommy Kirk, American actor (Old Yeller), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1941 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1941 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • 1942 Beer Bossu [Berend Frederik Gertenbach], Dutch actor and vocalist (Pub Chantant), born in Amsterdam
  • 1943 Theodore Wilson, American actor (That's My Mama, Sanford Arms), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Tisha Sterling, American actress (Coogan's Bluff), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Gloria Loring, American actress and singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1951 Johnny Rodriguez, American actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party), born in Sabinal, Texas
  • 1952 Susan Dey, American actress (1st Love, Partridge Family, LA Law), born in Pekin, Illinois
  • 1957 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (The Green Mile), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1958 John J. York, American actor (Mac Scorpio-General Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Burke Moses, American actor (Sean Baxter-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director (High Season, Dead Again), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 Stephanie Morgenstern, Canadian actress and filmmaker (Remembrance), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1977 Emmanuelle Chriqui, Canadian actress
  • 1978 Summer Phoenix, American actress
  • 1979 Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler
  • 1982 Shilpa Anand, Indian film and television actress
  • 1983 Patrick Flueger, American actor
  • 1984 Jayson Paul, American professional wrestler
  • 1985 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1990 Giulia Boverio, Italian actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2005 Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005 Gustavo Rojo's daughter and actress Ana Patricia Rojo (31) weds Andres Puentes Jr at the San Jose del Calvario church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • 2005 Actress Jane Danson (27) weds "Brookside" actor Robert Beck (35) at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire, England
  • 2016 Actress Troian Bellisario (31) weds actor and director Patrick J. Adams (35) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1875 Otogaki Rengetsu, zen nun/benefactress of Tessai, dies at about 84
  • 1959 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1968 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • 1973 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • 1974 Paul Richards, American actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1978 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • 1979 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • 1981 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • 1982 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1982 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • 1983 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • 1983 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • 1986 Susan Cabot, American actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), is killed by her son following a psychotic episode at 59
  • 1988 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • 1988 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), dies at 55
  • 1993 Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 1996 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), commits suicide at 64
  • 1997 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • 1999 Lex Goudsmit, Dutch actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Thomas en Senior op het spoor van Brute Berend), dies at 86
  • 1999 Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2000 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 2001 Ashok Kumar [Dadamoni, Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly], Indian actor (Mahal, Afsana), dies from chronic asthma at 90
  • 2003 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79

Person of interestRichard Pryor

2005 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), dies aged 65

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 2013 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79