On This Day

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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
Actress
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 (d. 1999)
  • 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)
  • 1928 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1936 Hector Elizondo, American 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, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1945 Diane Sawyer, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Miserables), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1948 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1953 Bernnadette Stanis, American actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Lenny Von Dohlen, American actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor & 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, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Dina Meyer, American film & television actress, born in Forest Hills, New York City
  • 1971 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Vanessa Paradis, French model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • 1972 Big Tigger [Darian Morgan], American television host & radio personality, born in Co-op City, New York
  • 1974 Heather Donahue, American writer & actress, born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Brian A. Alexander, American screenwriter and director
  • 1980 Chris Carmack, American actor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1983 Jennifer Hawkins, Australian Miss Universe, born in Holmesville, Australia
  • 1986 Jeffery Wood, American actor (Austin Warren-In The House), born in San Diego, California
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1990 Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor, born in Brignoles, France
  • 1993 Aliana Lohan, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York City

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding 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


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actress Sandra Oh
Actress
Sandra Oh

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, British journalist and broadcaster, dies at 52
  • 1967 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • 1969 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • 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)
  • 2015 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70