On This Day in Film & TV for December 18

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • 1961 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1969 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • 1971 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts

Film release premierFilm Premier

1976 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1976 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
  • 1991 DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 2002 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2002 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

Film release premierFilm Release

2009 James Cameron's "Avatar" film starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released

Actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1861 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1870 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (The Kiss), born in Viborg, Denmark (d. 1930)
  • 1877 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1888 Gladys Cooper, British actress (My Fair Lady), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • 1908 Celia Johnson, English actress (Happy Breed, Brief Encounter), born in Richmond, Surrey (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Mona Barrie [Smith], British-American actress (Dawn on Great Divide), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1913 Lynn Bari, Roanoke Va, actress (Connie-Detective Wife, Earthbound)
  • 1916 Betty Grable, great legs/actress (Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1917 Ossie Davis, Cogdell GA, actor/playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam)
  • 1920 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Larry D Mann, actor (Marty-Accidental Family), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Peggy Cummins, North Wales, actress (Curse of the Demon)
  • 1931 Gunnel Lindblom, Goeteborg Sweden, actor (Hunger, Virgin Spring)
  • 1932 Roger Smith, South Gate California, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
  • 1936 Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1938 Roger E. Mosley, American actor
  • 1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1942 Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor
  • 1943 Alan Rudolph, actor (Endangers Species, Love at Large, Made in Heaven)

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1946 Steven Spielberg, American director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1949 Joni Flynn, Assam India, actress (Octopussy)
  • 1950 Leonard Maltin, American movie critic (Entertainment Tonight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Candice Rialson, actress (Chatterbox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1954 Ray Liotta, actor (Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1956 Ron White, American comedian
  • 1959 Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Brad Pitt, American actor (12 Monkeys, Fight Club) and producer (The Departed, 12 Years a Slave), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 1963 Allan Kayser, American actor
  • 1964 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965 Fawna Maclaren, playmate (Jan, 1989), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1965 Tommy Davidson, American actor
  • 1966 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
  • 1966 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • 1966 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Casper Van Dien, actor (Starship Troopers)
  • 1970 Anthony Catanzaro, American fitness model
  • 1970 DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1970 Rob Van Dam, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Kari Byron, artist and television personality
  • 1974 Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
  • 1975 Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975 Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1976 Koyuki, Japanese actress and model

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Katie Holmes, American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins), born in Toledo, Ohio

Actress Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
  • 1985 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • 1985 Hana Soukupov√°, Czech supermodel
  • 1989 Ashley Benson, American actress
  • 1989 Ashley Slanina-Davies, Hollyoaks actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1926 Actor George Murphy (24) weds ballroom dancing partner Juliette Henkel

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

HeartWedding of Interest

1966 Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Actor Phil Hartman (34) weds real estate agent Lisa Strain

HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (26) weds actor Christopher Guest (37) in New York

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1779 Jan Punt, Dutch engraver, painter, illustrator and actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68
  • 1971 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies at 45
  • 1977 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), dies at 80
  • 1986 Mamo Clark, actor (1 Million BC, Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island), dies
  • 1990 Anne Revere, actress (National Velvet), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 1991 June Storey, Canadian-born American actress (South of the Border), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1993 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 1994 Heinz Bernard Lowenstein, actor/director, dies at 71
  • 1994 Lilia Skala, Austrian/US actress (Ship of Fools, Caprice), dies at 98
  • 1997 Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies at 33
  • 1999 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • 2007 Jack Linkletter, American television host, son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)
  • 2008 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • 2016 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Sari Gabor], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 99
  • 2016 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86