On This Day in Film & TV for December 16

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1936 John Monks and Fred Finklehoff's play "Brother Rat" premieres in New York City
  • 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

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

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1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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

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1978 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), born in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1883 Max Linder, 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)
  • 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 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Nicholas Courtney, English actor
  • 1937 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1938 Michael Greer, actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1938 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • 1943 Steven Bochco, prod (Hill St Blues, LA Law, St Elsewhere, NYPD Blue)
  • 1945 Patti Deutsch, American actress and Match Game panelist
  • 1946 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch TV host/writer (Promised Country)
  • 1947 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England
  • 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
  • 1961 Kelly Tough, playmate (Oct, 1981), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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
  • 1979 Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 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

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

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
  • 1960 Anna Luther, silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), dies at 63
  • 1977 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • 1989 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • 1989 Lee Van Cleef, US actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • 1989 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice), dies at 59
  • 1991 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 1993 Moses Gunn, actor (Roots), dies of asthma at 64
  • 1997 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies 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)
  • 2011 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur), dies of esophageal cancer at 75