On This Day in Film & TV for December 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV
  • 1947 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London

Music concertMusic Concert

1965 Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1967 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • 1972 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1989 "The Simpsons" premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, debuts - America's longest-running sitcom

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • 1991 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
  • 2003 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.

Film release premierFilm Release

2014 Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1852 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1852)
  • 1883 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), born in Toulon, Var, France (d. 1946)
  • 1891 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England
  • 1900 Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (La femme nue), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1978)
  • 1905 Joseph Heifitz, film director
  • 1911 William Roerick, American actor (The Wasp Woman, Guiding Light), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Patrice Wymore, Miltonville KS, actress (The Big Tree), (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1930 Armin Mueller-Stahl, German painter, author and actor (Kafka, Music Box), born in Tilsit, Germany
  • 1930 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 George Lindsey, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Bernard Hill, Manchester, actor (Bellman & True, New World, Bounty)
  • 1944 Bernard Hill, English actor
  • 1945 Christopher Cazenove, England, actor (Ben-Dynasty)
  • 1945 Ernie Hudson, Benton Harbor MI, actor (Ghostbusters, Weeds)
  • 1946 Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
  • 1947 Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)
  • 1953 Barry Livingston, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestBill Pullman

1953 Bill Pullman, American actor (Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day), born in Hornell, New York

  • 1953 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • 1956 Peter Farrelly, American film director
  • 1961 Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)
  • 1962 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
  • 1964 Eric Brown, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 John Abraham, Indian actor
  • 1972 Laurie Holden, American actress
  • 1974 Giovonni Ribisi, actor (Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver)
  • 1974 Sarah Paulson, American actress (American Horror Story), born in Tampa, Florida

Person of interestMilla Jovovich

1975 Milla Jovovich, American actress (Return to Blue Lagoon, Chaplin), born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • 1975 Napiera Danielle Groves, Miss USA-Washington, D.C. (1997, Miss Congeniality)
  • 1975 Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor
  • 1979 Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star
  • 1992 Thomas Law, British Actor
  • 1992 Jordan Garrett, American actor
  • 1994 Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (26) weds dental hygienist Marilou York (23) on a civil ceremony

HeartWedding of Interest

1986 Actor Harry Morgan (71) weds Barbara Bushman

HeartWedding of Interest

1994 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 2011 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011 "The Descendants" actress Judy Greer (36) weds "Real Time with Bill Mahe"r co-executive producer Dean Johnsen at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
  • 2012 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2007 Actor Dermot Mulroney (44) divorces actress Catherine Keener (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1917 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • 1956 Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • 1962 Thomas Mitchell, American academy award winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • 1967 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1975 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • 1990 Don Draper, actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1990 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), dies at 79
  • 1992 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1993 Janet Margolin, US actress (Annie Hall), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 1994 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Uninhabitable Country), dies at 64
  • 1999 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 2002 James Hazeldine, English actor (b. 1947)
  • 2003 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Marc Favreau, French-Canadian humourist, dies at 76

Person of interestJennifer Jones

2009 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies of natural causes at 90

  • 2009 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)