On This Day in Film & TV for December 22

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1932 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1932 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film
  • 1948 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • 1964 American comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity

Film release premierFilm Premier

1965 "Doctor Zhivago" based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
Actress Julie Christie
Julie Christie
  • 1966 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

1967 "The Graduate" American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, is released (Best Director 1968)

  • 1971 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1997 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1812 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress (Romeo & Juliet), born in Copenhagen Denmark (d. 1890)
  • 1889 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1905 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Peggy Ashcroft [Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft], British actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Patricia Hayes, British actress (A Fish Called Wanda), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1910 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1915 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1918 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1923 Heinz Bernhard [Löwenstein], German-born British actor and director (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), born in Appalachia, Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Classroom of Anne Frank, Myrada)
  • 1936 Hector Elizondo, actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1936 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor (d. 1969)
  • 1945 Diane Sawyer, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop, [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Miserables)
  • 1948 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
  • 1948 Lynne Thigpen, US actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1953 Bernnadette Stanis, US actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Marcy Hanson, US playmate (Oct, 1978), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1958 Lenny Von Dohlen, US actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 David Heavener, US actor and musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Person of interestRalph Fiennes

1962 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, US actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Dina Meyer, US actress
  • 1971 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Vanessa Paradis, French model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding)
  • 1972 Big Tigger, television host
  • 1974 Heather Donahue, US actress
  • 1975 Chris Adler, US actor
  • 1976 Brian A. Alexander, US screenwriter and director
  • 1980 Chris Carmack, US actor
  • 1983 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe
  • 1986 Jeffery Wood, actor (Austin Warren-In The House)
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, US singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990 Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor
  • 1993 Aliana Lohan, US actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Actor Martin Short (30) weds comic actress Nancy Dolman (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

2000 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 2005 Brazilian actress Danielle Winits (31) weds model Cassio Reis at Capela Santa Ines in Rio de Janeiro

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 Former "Saturday Night Live" host Jimmy Fallon (33) weds Hollywood producer Nancy Juvonen (40) on Necker Island in Caribbean

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon
  • 2011 "Big Bang Theory" Indian actor Kunal Nayyar (30) weds Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur (28) in New Delhi, India

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2006 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944 Harry Langdon, American comedian (The Strong Man, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp), dies at 60
  • 1959 Gilda Gray, actress (Piccadilly), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1965 Al Ritz [Joaquim], American actor (Gorilla, Hi Ya Chum), dies at 62
  • 1965 Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1913)
  • 1967 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • 1969 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • 1973 Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
  • 1974 Fosco Giachetti, Italian actor (Wastrel, We the Living), dies at 74
  • 1979 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • 1987 Alice Terry, [Taaffe], actress (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), dies
  • 1990 Helene Stanley, actress (Carnival Story, Roar of the Crowd), dies
  • 1993 Don DeFore, American actor (George-Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
  • 1995 Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone With the Wind, Flame of Barbary Coast), dies in a fire at 84
  • 1998 Michelle Thomas, American actress (b. 1969)
  • 1998 Virginia Graham, American TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I), dies at 86
  • 2002 Kenneth Tobey, American actor (The Thing from Another World, Innerspace, Whirlybirds), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2003 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • 2006 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), dies at 86
  • 2007 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86
  • 2010 Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)