On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 24

Events in Film & TV

  • 1860 Actor Joseph Jefferson's dramatization of "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1951 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • 1953 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for Star Trek
  • 1968 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Walt Disney's "Aristocats" is released

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), (d. 1932)
  • 1886 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), born in Crozon, Finistère, France (d. 1951)
  • 1889 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Ruth Chatterton, American actress (Madame X, Sarah & Son), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)

Person of interestHoward Hughes

1905 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1906 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Betty Ann Davies, British actress (Tough Guy), born in London, England (d. 1955)
  • 1910 Mitchell Ayres, American orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)

Person of interestAva Gardner

1922 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • 1922 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • 1923 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1925 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • 1931 Jill Bennett, British actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang, Straits Settlements (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Ralp Inbar, Dutch TV host (Banana Split), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1941 John Levene, British actor, born in Salisbury, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Christiane Schmidtmer, German actress (Ship of Fools), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1944 Barry Chuckle [Barry Patton Elliott], British entertainer, writer and actor (ChuckleVision, The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1945 Nicholas Meyer, American writer & director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan), born in New York City
  • 1949 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Grand L. Bush, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Stephanie Hodge, American actress & comedian (I Madman, Happily Ever After), born in Wilmington, Ohio
  • 1958 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1959 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Person of interestLee Daniels

1959 Lee Daniels, American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Director Lee Daniels
Director
Lee Daniels
  • 1960 Glenn McQueen, American animator, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1960 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1964 Mark Valley, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • 1966 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Amaury Nolasco, American actor, born in Puerto Rico

Person of interestRicky Martin

1971 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • 1971 Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Person of interestStephenie Meyer

1973 Stephenie Meyer, American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

  • 1974 Ryan Seacrest, American television host, born in Dunwoody, Georgia
  • 1979 Chris Hero, American professional wrestler, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1981 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1982 Robert Schwartzman, American actor & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Riyo Mori, Japanese actress & model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan
  • 1992 Melissa Suffield, English actress, born in London, England

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1943 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 Actress Mary Astor (39) weds Thomas Gordon Wheelock

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

LoveWedding of Interest

1983 Actor Johnny Depp (20) weds Lori Anne Allison

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Actor Tom Cruise (28) marries actress Nicole Kidman (23)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1955 Nana Bryant, actress (Mrs Nestor - Our Miss Brooks), dies at 67
  • 1957 Norma Talmadge, American silent screen actress (Within the Law, Sign on Bay), dies at 64
  • 1972 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74
  • 1974 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • 1976 Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • 1980 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
  • 1984 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
  • 1984 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61
  • 1994 Julie Haydon, [Donella Donaldson], American actress (Scoundrel), dies at 84
  • 1994 Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (Final Justice, South Pacific, The Barefoot Contessa), dies of a neural virus at 78
  • 1997 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

1997 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 2005 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", dies at 83
  • 2006 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2011 Cheetah [Cheeta, Cheta, Chita], chimpanzee actor (1930s Tarzan franchise), dies of kidney failure at 80
  • 2012 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89
  • 2012 Jack Klugman, American actor (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), dies at 90
  • 2017 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music, Piranha), dies of cancer at 68