On This Day in Film & TV for December 13

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

Actor James Dean
James Dean
  • 1953 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1956 "Anastasia" comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress.

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1957 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

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1961 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

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1975 1st time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1978 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken

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1989 "Driving Miss Daisy" directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy is released (Best Picture 1990)

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1995 Christopher Reeve released from physical rehab center after his fall from his horse in a riding competition

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2001 "A Beautiful Mind" based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1853 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao, musician/composer/screenwriter
  • 1860 Lucien Guitry, French actor (La Dame aux camélias), born in Paris, France (d. 1925)
  • 1870 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1897 Drew Pearson, newscaster (Drew Pearson), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1900 Norman Foster, American actor (Skyscraper Souls), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • 1910 Lillian Roth [Rutstein],American singer and actress (Animal Crackers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1910 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), born in Walters, Oklahoma (d. 1971)
  • 1914 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Larry Parks [Samuel Lawrence Parks], American actor (The Jolson Story, Love Is Better Than Ever), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1975)
  • 1915 Curd Jürgens [Curt Jurgens], German-born Austrian actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), born in Solln, Munich, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Mark Stevens, American actor (Big Town, Martin Kane, Private Eye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1917 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Dick Van Dyke, West Plains Mo, actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show)
  • 1925 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Geneviève Page [Bonjean], French actress (Madame Anais-Belle de Jour, Day & the Hour), born in Paris, France

Person of interestChristopher Plummer

1929 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1930 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Richard Darryl Zanuck, film producer/executive, (d. 2012)
  • 1937 Rob Houwer, Dutch director and producer/actor (OK, Professor Columbus)
  • 1940 Edith Clever, Wuppertal Germany, actress (Parsifal, L'Adolescente)
  • 1940 Steve Harmon, American actor (Ens Pulver-Mr Roberts), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Anouska Hempel, Forbes NZ, actress (Tiffany Jones)
  • 1941 John Davidson, Pitts, TV host (Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible)
  • 1943 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1944 Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor
  • 1945 Kathy Garver, American actress (Cissy in Family Affair), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1947 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Paula Wilcox, English actress
  • 1950 Heather North, actress (Barefoot Executive), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1950 Wendie Malick, actress (Just Shoot Me)
  • 1951 Robert Lindsay, Ilketson England, actor (Strike it Rich, King Lear)
  • 1952 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1954 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1957 Steve Buscemi, actor (Fargo)
  • 1958 Clark Brandon, American actor (Fast Food), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Lynn-Holly Johnson, actress (Ice Castles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 John Whitaker, actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1959 Marianne Gravatte, playmate of year (Oct, 1982), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1959 Jim Barrell, American professional wrestler
  • 1960 Daggubati Venkatesh, Indian actor
  • 1961 Irene Saez, Miss Universe 1981 and Venezuelan politician
  • 1962 Karen Witter, CA, actress (Tina-One Life to Live)/playmate (Mar, 1982)
  • 1966 Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
  • 1967 Deborah Driggs, playmate (Mar, 1990), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestJamie Foxx

1967 Jamie Foxx, American actor (Ray, In Living Color) comedian and musician, born in Terrell, Texas

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 1967 Jenn Thompson, American actor (Dee-Harper Valley PTA), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Tony Curran, Scottish actor (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1970 Elizabeth Patricia Reilly, North Miss America-RI (1996), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1972 GiGi Gordon, Butler PA, Miss America-Pennsylvania (1997)
  • 1973 Christie Clark, American actress (Carrie Brady-Days of Our Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Christina Todd, Miss Ohio Teen USA (Miss Congeniality-1997)
  • 1981 Chelsea Hertford, actress (Major Dad)

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2001 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (26) divorces assistant film director Jim Threapleton (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
  • 2010 "Dexter" actress Jennifer Carpenter (31) divorces actor Michael C. Hall (40) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies at 50
  • 1944 Lupe Velez, actress (Joe Palooka), overdoses on seconal at 34
  • 1958 Tim Moore, American actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 71
  • 1963 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1966 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • 1969 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • 1974 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • 1975 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), dies at 88
  • 1979 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • 1981 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • 1983 Leora Dana, US actress (3:10 to Yuma, Pollyanna), dies at 60
  • 1986 Heather Angel, actress (Lifeboat, Daniel Boone), dies at 77
  • 1994 Norman Beaton, Guyanese actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60
  • 1996 Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster, dies at 76
  • 2007 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • 2008 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • 2016 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69