On This Day in Film & TV for December 2

Events in Film & TV

  • 1932 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

Film release premierFilm Release

1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1952 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • 1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music release#1 in the Charts

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1988 "Naked Gun" movie based on TV's "Police Squad" premieres

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Film release premierFilm Premier

2013 "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1710 Carlo Bertinazzi, Italian actor and writer (commedia dell'arte), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1783)
  • 1875 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1890 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)
  • 1894 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), born in Aitkin, Minnesota (d. 1948)
  • 1906 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Robert F. Simon, American actor (Man who shot Liberty Valance, Operation Petticoat, M*A*S*H), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), born in Vinson, Oklahoma (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Robert Paige, American actor, TV newscaster and political correspondent (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong, Colgate Comedy Hour), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1916 John Bentley, British actor (African Patrol, Crossroads), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Ezra Stone [Chaim Feinstone], American director, actor and producer (My Living Doll, Henry Aldrich), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1924 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1944 Cathy Lee Crosby, LA, actress (Coach, That's Incredible)
  • 1945 Penelope Spheeris, American film director
  • 1949 Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1952 Keith Szarabajka, Oak Park IL, actor (Nightlife)
  • 1954 Dan Butler, actor (Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe-Frasier)
  • 1954 Huub Stapel, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned, Attic: Hiding of Anne Frank)
  • 1954 Stone Phillips, news host (NBC Dateline)
  • 1955 Dennis Christopher, actor (Breaking Away, California Dreaming), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1966 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1967 Sharry Konopski, Longview Wash, playmate (August, 1987)
  • 1968 Rena Sofer, actress (Rocky-Loving, Lois Cerullo-General Hospital)
  • 1968 Lucy Liu, American actress
  • 1971 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor
  • 1979 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress
  • 1982 Michelle Banzer, model/beauty queen
  • 1988 Alfred Enoch, British Actor
  • 1988 Soniya Mehra, Indian Actress
  • 1989 Cassie Steele, Canadian actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1926 Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

Comedian Tony Hancock
Tony Hancock
  • 2006 "Emmerdale" actor Nick Miles (44) weds Stephanie Lumb at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith, England

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1953 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • 1957 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • 1963 Sabu [Dastagir], Indian actor (The Thief of Bagdad, Elephant Boy, Drum), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1976 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • 1982 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • 1985 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

1986 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies of lung cancer at 69

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
  • 1990 Robert Cummings, American actor (Love that Bob, Dial M For Murder), dies of kidney failure at 80
  • 1995 Roxie Roker, actress (Helen Willis-Jeffersons), dies at 66
  • 1995 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), dies of breast cancer at 66
  • 1997 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Joey Adams [Joseph Abramowitz], American comedian, actor and columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), dies at 88
  • 2003 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), dies at 80
  • 2009 Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Ron Santo, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs) and broadcaster, dies at 70
  • 2015 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76