On This Day in Film & TV for December 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1897 Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal
  • 1912 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City
  • 1928 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • 1937 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY

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1964 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1966 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

  • 1968 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired

Film release premierFilm Premier

1977 "Saturday Night Fever", a film starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

1988 "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)

  • 1992 Julia Kurotchkina, 18, of Russia, crowned 42nd Miss World
  • 1995 CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31

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1997 Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

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2001 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Laura Hope Crews, American actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), born in County Meath, Ireland (d. 1939)
  • 1891 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • 1893 Edward G Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Eslanda Goode, American anthropology, civil rights activist and actor under Paul Robeson, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Howard Koch, screenwriter
  • 1905 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), born in Marseille (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Karen Morley, American actress (Scarface), born in Ottumwa, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Eve Lister, British film and television actress (No Limit, Hyde Park), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1997)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1923 Bob Barker, American TV game show host (The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences), born in Darrington, Washington
  • 1930 Bill Beutel, American journalist and anchor (ABC), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], US singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis)
  • 1944 Kenneth Cranham, Scottish actor
  • 1945 Susi Hush, English television producer, born in Thurgoland, Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Marlous Fluitsma, actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest)
  • 1949 Bill Nighy, English actor
  • 1950 Rajinikanth [Shivaji Rao Gaekwa], Indian film actor (Centenary Award 2014), born in Bangalore, India
  • 1951 Caren Kaye, American actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Sarah Douglas, England, actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest)
  • 1956 Ana Alicia Ortiz, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), born in Mexico City
  • 1956 Sondra Theodore, San Bernadino Cal, playmate (July, 1977)
  • 1958 Sheree J Wilson, Rochester MN, actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas)
  • 1962 Holly Gagnier, LA, actress (One Life to Live)
  • 1963 Teresa Blake, Tuscaloosa Ala, actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children)
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1964 Sabu, American professional wrestler
  • 1966 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968 Kate Humble, English television presenter
  • 1969 Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills KS, playmate (Sep, 1993)
  • 1970 Jennifer Connelly, American actress (Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream), born in the Catskill Mountains, New York,
  • 1970 Madchen Amick, Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks)
  • 1972 Missy Francis, actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Mayim Bialik, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in San Diego, California
  • 1977 Bridget Hall, American model (Ford), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977 Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models
  • 1978 Monica Barladeanu, Romanian actress
  • 1978 Jennifer Rovero Playboy Playmate
  • 1986 Thomas Wansey, English actor
  • 1991 Daniel Magder, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actor Richard Gere (42) weds supermodel Cindy Crawford (25) in Las Vegas

  • 1998 TV personality Melissa Rivers (30) weds horse breeder John Endicott at The Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • 2001 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • 2008 Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2014 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1872 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, dies at 66
  • 1937 Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57
  • 1939 Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1946 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), dies from diphtheria at 35
  • 1959 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1962 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1963 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • 1965 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1968 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • 1971 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • 1971 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • 1976 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • 1978 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • 1985 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1987 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1991 Eleanor Boardman, actor (Crowd), dies in at 93
  • 1993 Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1995 Andrew Olle, broadcaster, dies at 48
  • 1996 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), dies of leukemia at 81
  • 2000 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), dies of emphysema at 85
  • 2005 Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)

Person of interestPeter Boyle

2006 Peter Boyle, American actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • 2008 Van Johnson, American actor (Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • 2013 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), dies from a stroke at 95
  • 2013 Tom Laughlin, American actor and director (Billy Jack), dies of complications from pneumonia at 82