On This Day in Film & TV for December 21

Events in Film & TV

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1914 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin

  • 1925 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow

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1932 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

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1933 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

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1937 The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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1949 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 1970 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 2012 "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

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2012 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens inĀ Sterling Heights, Michigan

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1872 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), born in Manchester, England (d. 1922)
  • 1899 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1920 Jean Gascon, Canadian actor (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares Texas
  • 1927 Michael Carreras, film director
  • 1928 Ed Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

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1937 Jane Fonda, American actress (Barbarella, Klute, 9 to 5), born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1938 Larry Bryggman, actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Concord, California
  • 1943 Jack Nance, actor (Rubbed Out)
  • 1944 Jared Martin, American actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Josh Mostel, NY, actor (Windy City, Animal Behavior, Money Pit)
  • 1948 Barry Gordon, actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

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1948 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer
  • 1952 Dennis Boutsikaris, actor (Batteries Not Included), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
  • 1957 Joshua Mostel, American actor (Delta House, At Ease), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Lisa Gerritsen, American actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1964 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
  • 1965 Andy Dick, actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965 Anke Engelke, German comedian
  • 1966 Karri Turner, American actress
  • 1968 Khrystyne Haje, actress (Simone-Head of the Class), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1969 Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)
  • 1978 Michael Vitar, actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
  • 1981 Frankie Abernathy, American actress, The Real World: San Diego (d. 2007)
  • 1987 Valerie Concepcion, Filipino Actress

Weddings in Film & TV

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1947 Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty

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1958 Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt

  • 1977 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse
  • 1983 M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • 2012 CNN anchor Erin Burnett (36) weds finance executive David Rubulotta (42) in New York City Hall
  • 2013 Actress and model Teresa Palmer (27) weds actor/director Mark Webber (33) in Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), dies from acute toxic nephritis at 41
  • 1955 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • 1958 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), dies at 83
  • 1967 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1974 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), dies at 47
  • 1975 William Lundigan, announcer (CBS Mystery Theater), dies at 61
  • 1981 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1983 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73
  • 1987 Robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
  • 1988 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • 1992 Stella Adler, US actress (Love on Toast), dies at 90
  • 1994 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, dies at 37
  • 1997 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • 1998 Roger Avon, Durham actor (b. 1914)
  • 2014 Billie Whitelaw, English actress, dies at 82