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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence

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
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
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
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
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, actor (I Monster, Q Planes), born in London, England
  • 1903 George J Lewis, Mexican-born 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/director
  • 1910 Jill Summers, British actress (Agatha Coronation Street), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Chet Huntley, Cardwell Mont, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1933 Mako, Japanese-born American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Fionnula Flanagan, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1941 Peter Michael Goetz, actor (Jumping Jack Flash, King Kong Lives)
  • 1941 Tommy Kirk, actor (Old Yeller)
  • 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 Bear Bossu, [Berend F Gertenbach], actor/vocalist (Pub Chantant)
  • 1943 Theodore Wilson, American actor (That's My Mama, Sanford Arms), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Tisha Sterling, actress (Coogan's Bluff), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Gloria Loring, American actress/singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (d. 1980)
  • 1950 Tom Towles, American actor
  • 1951 Johnny Rodriquez, American actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party)
  • 1952 Susan Hallock Dey, Ill, actress (1st Love, Partridge Family, LA Law)
  • 1953 Jack Scalia, actor and director (Amore, Deadly Desire, Donor, T-Force)
  • 1957 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1958 John J York, 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, Belfast, actor and director (High Season, Dead Again)
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, [Vernia], dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 Stephanie Morgenstern, Canadian actress
  • 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-SymonĂ©, American actress and singer
  • 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
  • 1993 Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 1996 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • 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 PodestĂ , Italian actress, dies at 79