On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 20

Events in Film & TV


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1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film premieres in New York, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

Actor Lionel Barrymore
Actor
Lionel Barrymore
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

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1950 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York

  • 1952 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • 1953 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1963 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

Actress and Model Brigitte Bardot
Actress and Model
Brigitte Bardot
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Director
Jean-Luc Godard

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1974 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)

  • 1980 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • 1985 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1988 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years

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1988 "Working Girl" premieres directed by Mike Nicols, starring Melanie Griffin, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver

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1991 "Father of the Bride" film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, is released

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
Actor Martin Short
Actor
Martin Short
Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton

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1996 Horror film classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released

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2002 "Gangs of New York", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, is released


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1860 Dan Leno [George Wild Galvin], English comedian & stage actor, born in Somers Town, London (d. 1904)
  • 1869 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), born in Xenia, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1898 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Albert Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1906 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer & humorist, born in Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • 1922 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1924 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician & broadcaster, born in Chatham-Kent, Canada (d. 1980)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN) born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, English opera singer and actor, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1931 Mary Ellen "Mala" Powers, American actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild Wild West), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1932 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), born in Denison, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Angel Tompkins, American actress (Gloria-Search), born in Albany, California
  • 1944 Jean Fergusson, English actress, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom
  • 1946 John Spencer, American actor (LA Law, West Wing), born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1949 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1969, Playmate of the year 1970), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1952 Jenny Agutter, English actress (Logan's Run, Equus, Amy), born in Taunton England
  • 1952 Sergio Vastano, Italian actor (Nightclub, Prete Bello), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1954 Michael Badalucco, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1955 Pierre Bokma, Dutch actor (Avonden, Leedvermaak), born in Paris, France
  • 1956 Blanche Baker, American actress, Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Joyce Hyser, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • 1963 Karen Moncrieff, American actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Joe Cornish, British comedian, born in Westminster, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Nicole DeBoer, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestTodd Phillips

1970 Todd Phillips, American filmmaker (Road Trip, Joker), born in Brooklyn, New York

Filmmaker Todd Phillips
Filmmaker
Todd Phillips
  • 1975 Jaydy Michel, Mexican model, born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1976 Jang Hyuk, Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestJonah Hill

1983 Jonah Hill, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Jonah Hill
Actor
Jonah Hill
  • 1983 Lucy Pinder, English model and actress, born in Hampshire, England
  • 1983 Lara Stone, Dutch model, born in Geldrop, Netherlands

Person of interestDylan Wang

1998 Dylan Wang [Wang Hedi], Chinese actor and singer (Meteor Garden), born in Chengdu, Sichuan

Actor Dylan Wang
Actor
Dylan Wang

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1919 Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn (38)

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Businessman Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 1998 "Def Jam" business magnate Russell Simmons (41) weds model Kimora Lee (23) on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy
  • 2012 Actor Facundo Arana (40) weds Maria Susini at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nordelta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2015 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1984 Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005 Actress Renée Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • 1971 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • 1975 William Lundigan, American actor (Climax, Pinky, They Asked for It), dies of lung and heart congestion at 61
  • 1976 Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • 1981 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)

Person of interestMax Robinson

1988 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1988 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, dies at 80
  • 1989 Audrey Christie, American actress (Splendor in the Grass, Fair Exchange), dies at 77
  • 1991 Helene Heigh, actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86
  • 1991 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1991 Walter Chiari, actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1995 Madge Sinclair, Jamaican actress (Star Trek IV, Conrack, Convoy), dies at 55
  • 1997 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1998 Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director and screenwriter (Theodora, Slave Empress), dies at 90
  • 2001 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2008 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2009 Brittany Murphy, American actress (Drop Dead Gorgeous), dies at 32
  • 2009 Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)
  • 2014 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • 2015 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • 2016 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96
  • 2018 Donald Moffat, British actor (Logan's Run), dies at 87