On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 19

Events in Film & TV

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 Noël Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1949 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1964 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France
  • 1968 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)

Film PremierA Clockwork Orange

1971 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

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Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's
Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"
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Film release premierFilm Premier

1974 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

Film release premierFilm Release

1979 "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

Film release premierFilm Release

1980 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty

Film release premierFilm Release

1986 "Platoon" directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1987)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint

Film release premierFilm Release

2001 "The Fellowship of the Ring", 1st Lord of the Rings film is released. Makes US$47 million US opening weekend, $871 million total worldwide.

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 2015 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1932)

Person of interestRalph Richardson

1902 Ralph Richardson, English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1983)

  • 1906 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)
  • 1920 David Susskind, American TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), born in Glasgow, Scotland(d. 1990)
  • 1924 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1924 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television produce, studio executive, and second husband of Lucille Ball, born in New York City (d. 1999)
  • 1927 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1935 Barbara Bostock, American actress
  • 1936 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • 1942 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1942 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), born in Brookings, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), born in Manchester, England (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
  • 1945 Elaine Joyce, actress (City of Angels, Mr Merlin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946 Robert Urich, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$), born in Toronto, Ohio
  • 1946 Rosemary Conley, English businesswoman, author and broadcaster
  • 1949 Nancy Kyes, American actress
  • 1956 Alice Barrett, American actress (Frankie Frame-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Cyril Collard, French film director (d. 1993)
  • 1957 John Gulager, American film director and actor (He Was a Quiet Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah
  • 1962 Jill Talley, American actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • 1963 Jennifer Beals, American actress (Flashdance; The Bride; The L-Word), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Beatrice Dalle, French actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath), born in Breast
  • 1965 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Robert MacNaughton, American actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • 1969 Kristen "Kristy" Swanson, American actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • 1969 Richard Hammond, English television presenter (Top Gear), born in Solihull, West Midlands
  • 1969 Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1970 Tyson Beckford, American model (Ralph Lauren), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1971 Amy Locane, American actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Person of interestAlyssa Milano

1972 Alyssa Milano, American actress (Who's the Boss, Charmed) and activist, born in Brooklyn, New York

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano
  • 1972 Rosa Blasi, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Takashi Sorimachi, Japanese actor
  • 1974 Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1978 Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • 1979 Paola Rey, Colombian actress

Person of interestJake Gyllenhaal

1980 Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor (Donnie Darko, Jarhead), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1980 Marla Sokoloff, American actress
  • 1988 Paulina Gretzky, American-born Canadian actress and model

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1998 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California
  • 2009 Actor and singer Kevin Jonas (22) weds Danielle Deleasa (23) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1798 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Moniteur Universel), dies at 62
  • 1939 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (The White), dies at 57
  • 1951 Barton Yarbrough, actor (Dragnet), dies at 51
  • 1990 Basil Henson, actor (Change Partners), dies of stroke at 71
  • 1991 Paul Maxwell, Canadian actor (Aliens, City of Fear, Freedom to Die), dies at 70
  • 1996 Marcello Mastroiani, actor (8½, Assassin, Family Diary), dies at 72
  • 1996 Ronald Howard, British actor (Naked Edge, Come September, Murder She Said), dies at 78
  • 1996 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (8½, La Dolce Vita; Dark Eyes, The Pizza Triangle), dies of pancreatic cancer at 72
  • 1999 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, dies at 85
  • 2003 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 70
  • 2003 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2009 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2015 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95