On This Day in Film & TV for December 14

Events in Film & TV

  • 1952 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • 1988 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights

Film release premierFilm Premier

1993 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

  • 1996 12th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is named as one of the 25 Greatest Global Living Indians by NDTV Channel, India

Structural Biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Structural Biologist
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1881 Katherine MacDonald, American actress and film producer (Stranger Than Fiction, The Infidel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1884 Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (Smilin' Through), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1902 Frances Bavier, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Laurence Naismith, British actor (Diamonds Are Forever, Camelot, Persuaders), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor, born in San Franciso, California (d. 1996) probable date
  • 1915 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1917 Elyse Knox, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1919 Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic cartoon character created in the silent film era by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer
  • 1922 Don Hewitt, American CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Irving "Sully" Boyar, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Car Wash), born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), born in Peshawar, British India (d. 1988)
  • 1932 George Furth, actor/dir (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935 Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Bath England, actress (Search for the Nile)
  • 1935 Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Rose, Long Hot Summer), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Lewis Arquette, actor (Horror Show, Book of Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938 Hal Williams, actor (Pvt Benjamin, 227, Sanford & Son), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1938 Janette Scott, actress (Day of the Triffids)
  • 1939 Marilyn Cooper, American actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Rex Thompson, American actor (Young Bess, King & I, Her 12 Men), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Zoe Laskari, Greek actress
  • 1946 Jane Birkin, English actress and singer (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust), born in London, England
  • 1946 Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
  • 1946 Patty Duke, actress (The Miracle Worker), born in New York (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Boudewijn Buch, Dutch writer/TV host
  • 1948 Dee Wallace Stone, [Deanna Bowers], Kansas City Kansas, actress (Critters, 10, ET)
  • 1950 Vicki Michelle, English actress (Virgin Witch, Allo Allo), born in Chigwell, England
  • 1952 Germain Houde, French Canadian actor
  • 1953 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
  • 1954 Eva Mattes, Tegernsee Germany, actress (Celeste, Man Like Eva)
  • 1954 James Horan, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1958 Steven Rock-Savage, Mellville Louisiana, (LSU), actor
  • 1963 Cindy Gibb, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Youngblood), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1968 Noelle Beck, US actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970 Nadine Garner, Australian actress
  • 1971 Natascha McElhone, English actress
  • 1972 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
  • 1972 Miranda Hart [Miranda Hart Dyke], English comedian and actress (Miranda), born in London, England
  • 1973 Tia Texada, American actress and singer
  • 1973 Thuy Trang, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1975 Inga Drozdova, Latvia, playmate (Nov, 1997)
  • 1975 KaDee Strickland, Patterson, Georgia, American actress (Private Practice, The Grudge)
  • 1977 Tisha Dabber, Shelbyville Indiana, actress (New Mickey Mouse Club)
  • 1979 Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model
  • 1981 Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
  • 1981 Johnny Jeter, American professional wrestler
  • 1982 Anthony Way, English singer and actor
  • 1984 Jackson Rathbone, American actor (The Twilight Saga), born in Singapore
  • 1985 Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress
  • 1985 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1988 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress
  • 1988 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper and actress (Ocean's 8), born in New York City

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Martin Von Hasselberg at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1985 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)
  • 2005 Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan (31) weds Mumtaz's daughter Natasha Madhvani at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan (57) marries 2nd wife Jennifer McDaniel in Clearwater Florida

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1928 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), dies at 77
  • 1945 Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (Rebecca, Tarzan, Chump at Oxford), dies at 61
  • 1960 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • 1964 William Bendix, American actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), dies from lobar pneumonia at 58
  • 1966 Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • 1966 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1966 Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
  • 1967 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1975 Arthur Treacher, English TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), dies at 81
  • 1987 Paul Clinton Sundberg, actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies
  • 1989 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor and stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1990 Hope Sansberry, actress (Rats are Coming), dies at 94
  • 1991 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1991 Robert Eddison, British actor (Uncle Silas), dies at 83

Person of interestMyrna Loy

1993 Myrna Loy [Williams], American actress (The Great Ziegfeld, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), dies at 88

Actress Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
  • 1996 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster, dies at 88
  • 1997 Stubby Kaye [Bernard Solomon Kotzin], American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 1998 Norman Fell, American actor (Three's Company, The End, Graduate), dies of bone marrow cancer at 74
  • 2002 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • 2003 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • 2004 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
  • 2006 Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), dies rom complications from a broken hip at 90
  • 2012 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2013 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, dies at 81
  • 2014 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90