On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 16

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 Charlie Chaplin begins his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1936 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1951 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white

Film release premierFilm Release

1962 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

Actor Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1967 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • 1968 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1970 "Love Story" film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
  • 1975 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV
  • 1979 "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US

Film release premierFilm Premier

1985 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Final episode of "Larry King Live" airs on CNN

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), born in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1883 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), born in Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France (d. 1925)
  • 1892 Cameron Prud'Homme, American actor (The Rainmaker), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1967)

Person of interestNoël Coward

1899 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1903 Hardie Albright, American actor (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1907 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Marie Slaughter"), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1938 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • 1941 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Cafe Express, Octopus), born in Cercola, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"
  • 1945 Patti Deutsch, American actress and Match Game panelist
  • 1946 Terence Knox, American actor (Peter-St Elsewhere), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1946 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Promised Country), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • 1947 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • 1950 Caroline Munro, Windsor, actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad) [or 1/16]
  • 1953 Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)
  • 1955 Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • 1959 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • 1961 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, Valdosta, Georgia, American stand-up comedian and social critic
  • 1962 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • 1962 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • 1962 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)
  • 1964 Gail Harris, Dewsbury England, actress (Virtual Desire)
  • 1967 Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • 1968 Paul Scherrer, American actor (Children of Corn II, Free Spirit), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1972 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
  • 1974 Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
  • 1975 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor

Person of interestAshens

1976 Stuart Ashen, English YouTube personality (Ashens, Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild), born in Norwich

YouTube Personality Ashens
YouTube Personality
  • 1979 Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1982 Garnon Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1983 Danielle Lloyd, English model
  • 1984 Theo James (Taptiklis), British actor (Divergent, Insurgent), born in Oxford, England
  • 1987 Hallee Hirsh, American actress
  • 1988 Anna Popplewell, English actress
  • 1993 Stephan James, Canadian actor (Homecoming), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 Ethan Dolan, American Vine and YouTube star with twin brother Grayson, born in New Jersey
  • 1999 Grayson Dolan, American Vine and YouTube star with twin brother Ethan, born in New Jersey

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1950 Former child actress Shirley Temple marries 2nd husband naval officer Charles Alden Black

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1999 Actress Linda Hamilton (43) divorces director James Cameron (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1935 Thelma Todd, actress (Horse Feathers, Bohemian Girl), dies of 30
  • 1949 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), dies at 76
  • 1960 Anna Luther, silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), dies at 63
  • 1977 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • 1978 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, dies of breast cancer at 76
  • 1989 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • 1989 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • 1989 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), dies at 59
  • 1991 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 1993 Moses Gunn, American actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft) who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company (The Blacks, The Poison Tree), dies of asthma at 64
  • 1997 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • 1997 Richard Warwick, English actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies of AIDS complications at 52
  • 2005 Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur), dies of esophageal cancer at 75
  • 2011 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), dies from cardiac arrest at 90
  • 2011 Robert Easton [Burke], American actor referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" (Someone Up There Likes Me), dies at 81
  • 2012 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator, dies at 83
  • 2018 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), dies at 89