On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 12

Events in Film & TV

  • 1897 Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

#1 in the ChartsSaturday Night Fever Goes #1

1977 "Saturday Night Fever", a film starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC
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The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
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, American playwright and screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 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], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1944 Kenneth Cranham, Scottish actor (Hellbound: Hellraiser II), born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
  • 1945 Susi Hush, English television producer, born in Thurgoland, Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Marlous Fluitsma, Dutch actress (De Prooi, Apart, Alle Dagen Feest), born in Zuthphen, Netherlands
  • 1949 Bill Nighy, English actor (The Men's Room, Gideon's Daughter), born in Caterham, Surrey, England

Person of interestRajinikanth

1950 Rajinikanth [Shivaji Rao Gaekwa], Indian film actor (Centenary Award 2014), born in Bangalore, India

Actor and Politician Rajinikanth
Actor and Politician
Rajinikanth
  • 1951 Caren Kaye, American actress (My Tutor, Blansky's Beauties), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Sarah Douglas, English actress (Conan, Superman II, Falcon Crest), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • 1956 Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexican-American actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), born in Mexico City
  • 1958 Sheree J. Wilson, American actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas), born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1962 Holly Gagnier, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Teresa Blake, American actress (Gloria Marsh-All My Children), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1964 Sabu [Terry Michael Brunk], American professional wrestler, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1966 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Kate Humble, English television presenter, born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1968 Rory Kennedy, American documentary filmmaker, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Regina Hall, American actress (Scary Movie), born in Washington D. C.
  • 1970 Jennifer Connelly, American actress (Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream), born in the Catskill Mountains, New York,
  • 1970 Mädchen Amick, American actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1972 Missy Francis, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Mayim Bialik, American actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975 Craig Moore, Australian soccer defender and broadcaster (52 caps; Glasgow Rangers 175 games), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977 Bridget Hall, American model (Ford), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977 Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1978 Monica Bîrlădeanu, Romanian actress, born in Iaşi, Romania
  • 1985 Joel Karekezi. Rwandan film director (The Mercy of the Jungle), born in Rubavu, Rwanda
  • 1986 Thomas Wansey, English actor (Ace Lightning), born in Oxford
  • 1991 Daniel Magder, Canadian actor (The Famous Jett Jackson), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1996 Lucas Hedges, American actor (Boy Erased), born in New York City

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding 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
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon

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
  • 2019 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), dies at 86